Sony Music Entertainment

American multinational record company

Sony Music Entertainment (or Sony Music) is the second-largest global recorded music company of the "big three" record companies and is controlled by Sony Corporation of America.

Sony Music Entertainment
FormerlyAmerican Record Corporation (1929–1938)
Columbia Records, USA (1938–1957)
CBS Records (1957–1991)
Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (first incarnation; 1991–2004)
Sony BMG Music Entertainment (2004–2008)
Company typeSubsidiary (incorporated as a general partnership)
IndustryMusic, Entertainment
PredecessorVictor Talking Machine (1906–1924)
RCA Victor (1924–1985)
Ariola Records (1937–1985)
RCA Ariola (1985–1988)
BMG Ariola (1988–1994)
BMG Music (1994–2004)
FoundedSeptember 9, 1929; 94 years ago (1929-09-09)
Headquarters25 Madison Avenue, ,
United States
Area served
Key people
Rob Stringer
ProductsMusic and entertainment
RevenueIncrease US$8.86 billion [1] (FY 2020)
Increase US$1.74 billion [1] (FY 2020)
OwnerSony Group Corporation
Number of employees
8,500 (2019[2])
ParentSony Entertainment
DivisionsSee List of Sony Music Entertainment labels


  1. 1.0 1.1 FY 2020 revenue & operating income: "Consolidated Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2021" (PDF). Tokyo, Japan: Sony. April 28, 2021. p. 18. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  2. "Working At Sony Music Entertainment: Employee Reviews and Culture". May 18, 2020.
  3. "Michael Lynton Named Ceo Of Sony Corporation Of America; Nicole Seligman To Become SCA President" (Press release). Sony Pictures. March 30, 2012. Archived from the original on September 26, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2021.

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