Major Record Labels
Def Jam Records
Seminal hip hop label Def Jam Records was instrumental of making hip hop music mainstream. Def Jam has worked with some of the biggest names in rap music history. Though the label has seen its star wax and wane over the years, Def Jam has had a tremendous impact on music history and culture. Learn more about Def Jam Records in this Def Jam Records profile.
WMG subsidiary Asylum Records has become a mainstream hip hop powerhouse, but this wasn't always the case for Asylum Records. Learn more about the label history in this profile of Asylum Records.
Dew Doo Man Records
Dew Doo Man Records was over before it really began, releasing only one single. Def Jam set the oh so wonderful Prince Paul up with this label and then took it away from him because they weren't quite sure what to do with the music he wanted to put out. Too bad for us. Check out the extremely brief history of the Dew Doo Man.
Warner Music Group - Company Profile
Get this story behind Warner Music Group, one of the top selling record labels in the world. Find out smaller record labels this Big Four label is behind and see which artists call Warner Music Group home.
Profile of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, one of the so called Big Four music companies.
A look at the history and the future of EMI, one of the world's largest record labels. Trace the label from its early days to its glory days to its complicated future.
Universal Music Group
A brief history and profile of the world's best selling major record label, Universal Music Group. This mega label plays hosts to many of the biggest names in music, but their past is not without controversy.
Read this profile of industry giants Universal Records, as told in their own words.
Atlantic Records Profile
Atlantic Records has a tremendously rich musical history. The label is responsible for introducing listeners to extremely important artists, especially in the jazz, soul and R&B genres. Although Atlantic rests firmly under the major label umbrella today, for much of its history, it thrived as an independent label started for the love of the music. Learn more about the history of Atlantic Records in this Atlantic Records profile.