Those Warner Bros. Records Are Now Collectables
Founded in 1958 as the recorded music division of the American film studio Warner Bros., the company's music assets were acquired by Time Warner and, in 2011, the Warner Music Group was acquired by
By FYI Staff
Founded in 1958 as the recorded music division of the American film studio Warner Bros., the company's music assets were acquired by Time Warner and, in 2011, the Warner Music Group was acquired by current owner Access Industries. As per an earlier agreement, the company has now lost the use of the Warner Bros. Records name and logo.
At various times the imprint has been home to such notable artists as Madonna, Prince, Cher, kd lang, James Taylor, Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, Lil Pump, Gorillaz, Green Day, Grateful Dead, Blur, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, Liam Gallagher, Fleet Foxes, Tegan and Sara, Nile Rodgers, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, My Chemical Romance, and Van Halen.
A history of the label can be found on its own Wikipage, Variety offers its own deeper spin and MBI offers its own version that includes the background to who designed the new logo and how it came to be selected.
In a press statement, U.S. Co-Chairman/CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck and co-chair/COO Tom Corson said, “For the first time in the label’s history, we’ve had the opportunity to create a distinct, modern identity entirely of our own. The timing couldn’t be better since we all feel the label is at a moment of reinvention that builds on our legacy, while moving into a future driven by fearlessness and creativity. We have a growing roster of world-class artists, a rejuvenated team, and an incredible new location. It’s a new day for Warner Records, an iconic label that was born in the California sun, and is at home everywhere on earth.”