16 Facts About Arista Records


Arista Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of the Japanese conglomerate Sony.

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Arista Records signed the Grateful Dead in 1976, and the group released their only Top 40 pop hit, "Touch of Grey", on the label in 1987.

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Arista Records had an imprint label in the 1970s called Arista Records Novus, which focused on contemporary jazz artists.

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Arista Records Austin was used in the late 1990s as a country label.

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Additionally, Arista was the US distributor of Jive Records from 1981 until 1987.

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That year, in 1987, Arista Records formed a home video subsidiary, 6 West Home Video, in order to release home video titles on Arista Records' musical catalog, and the initial release, which served as the first title for the 6 West Home Video division was a one-hour performance on The Grateful Dead, So Far, with an October release and a list price of $29.

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Into the 1980s, Arista Records continued its success, including major UK act Secret Affair.

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In 1993, Arista entered into a joint-venture with Sean "Puffy" Combs to form Bad Boy Records.

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Reid seemed to lose focus and have many miscalculations when it came to promoting Arista Records's established acts such as TLC, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, and several other acts.

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The Arista Records label continued to be used for new releases, although heavily scaled back, while its reissues are released through Sony Music's Legacy Recordings.

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Also, as a result of the Sony-BMG merger, Arista Records became related to Columbia Pictures, which is fully owned by the Sony Corporation of America – who would buy out BMG's share in 2008.

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RCA Arista Records started releasing all RCA Music Group releases under RCA Arista Records.

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Arista Records France was founded in September 2012, making it initially the last active remnant of the label.

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In 1989, Arista Records launched Arista Nashville, which specializes in country music artists.

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In 1995, Arista Nashville launched a subsidiary label known as Career Records, the roster of which at the time included Brett James, Tammy Graham, and Lee Roy Parnell.

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Currently, Arista Records Nashville falls under the wing of Sony Music Nashville, hosting such artists as Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Dunn and Jerrod Niemann.

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