|Distributor(s)|| RED Distribution |
(Sony Music Entertainment)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location|| Los Angeles, California |
CBS Television City
CBS Records is a record label founded by CBS Corporation in 2006to take advantage of music from its entertainment properties owned by CBS Television Studios. The initial label roster consisted of only three artists: rock band Señor Happy and singer/songwriters Will Dailey and P.J. Olsson.
The label relies primarily on digital distribution such as iTunes and on direct sales from its own website. However, it has signed a deal to distribute compact discs through RED Distribution, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment which CBS Inc. formerly owned. CBS Records is headquartered at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
The "CBS Records" name was also used in the 1960s to release Columbia Records products outside the US and Canada. This was necessary because EMI owned another record label called Columbia, which operated in every market except North America, Spain and Japan. CBS sold the record company in 1988 to Sony. In 1991, the CBS label was officially renamed Columbia Records and the company was renamed Sony Music Entertainment.
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