20 Facts About Capitol Records


Capitol Records, LLC is an American record label distributed by Universal Music Group through its Capitol Music Group imprint.

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Capitol Records was acquired by British music conglomerate EMI as its North American subsidiary in 1955.

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Capitol Records was the first major west coast label to compete with major labels on the east coast such as RCA Victor, Columbia, and Decca.

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Capitol Records developed a noted jazz catalog that included the Capitol Records Jazz Men and issued the Miles Davis's album Birth of the Cool.

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Capitol Records released a few classical albums in the 1940s, some of which contained handsome heavily embossed, leather-like covers.

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In 1949, Capitol Records opened a branch office in Canada and purchased KHJ Studios on Melrose Avenue adjacent to Paramount in Hollywood.

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Capitol Records began recording rock and roll acts such as The Jodimars and Gene Vincent.

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Capitol Records filed a lawsuit against Vimeo, an online video-sharing website, for audio copyright infringement.

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Capitol Records filed the claim after users were visibly lip-synching to some of their tracks.

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Capitol Records claimed that ReDigi was guilty of copyright infringement due to a business model that facilitated the creation of additional copies of Capitol's digital music files, whereby users could upload the files for downloading or streaming to the new purchaser of the file.

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Also that year, Capitol Records rose to number two market share and won four categories at the Grammy Awards for music by Beck and Sam Smith.

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In December 2019, Jeff Vaughn was named President of Capitol Records, assuming his position as of January 1, 2020, and is based in Hollywood at the iconic Capitol Tower.

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Capitol Records's recording studios were designed to minimize noise and vibration, then newly important goals in the high-fidelity sound era.

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Capitol Records modified albums that were originally released in other countries on other labels.

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Capitol Records issued "duophonic" stereo releases of some recordings where the original master was monophonic.

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Capitol Records broke with Miller's company and formed Capitol Records Record Distributors of Canada Limited in 1954.

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Capitol Records was renamed Capitol Records-EMI of Canada in 1974, before the EMI Music Canada name was adopted in 1993.

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Capitol Records Latin focuses on Latin music artists in Latin America and the United States.

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Capitol Records Latin was merged with Universal Music Latin Entertainment in 2013.

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In 2013, Capitol Records Germany was acquired by Universal and merged with UMG's Vertigo Berlin domestic division.

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