Top music labels in the world

Universal Music group

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company.It is a Dutch Ameican multinational music corporation.

Majority-owned by Paris-based Vivendi, UMG owns and operates frontline record companies including Capitol, Decca, Def Jam, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope, Island, Motown, Polydor, Republic, and Virgin EMI.

UMG is also the owner of Universal Music Publishing Group, which is led by Chairman & CEO, Jody Gerson.

Artists signed to Universal Music Group include Rihanna , Kanye West , Billie Eilish ,Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga

In 2020, China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd completed the purchase of a 10% stake in Universal Music Group in a transaction worth more than $3bn.

UMG, which operates in more than 60 countries.

Warner Music group

Warner Music Group is an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate headquartered in New York City.

It is one of the “big three” recording companies and the third-largest in the global music industry, after Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment (SME).

The company owns and operates some of the largest and most successful labels in the world, including Elektra Records, Reprise Records, Warner Records, Parlophone Records (formerly owned by EMI), and Atlantic Records.

WMG also owns Warner Chappell Music, one of the world’s largest music publishers.

Artists signed in Warner music group include Dua Lipa,Ed Sheeran,Jack Harlow Saweetie and Lil uzi vert.

Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment which is also known as Sony music is an American multinational music company.

The New York-based recorded music company is fully owned by Japan’s Sony Corporation.

It is run by CEO Rob Stringer, Sony Music counts brands such as Epic Records, Columbia Records, and RCA within its frontline label family.

Sony Music also fully owns The Orchard, the global distribution and services platform, following a $200m acquisition deal in March 2015.

Artists signed to Sony Music and/or its labels today include Travis Scott, Adele, H.E.R, Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, P!nk, Future, and Bob Dylan.

Island Records

Island Records is a frontline record label owned by Universal Music Group, currently led out of New York by President Darcus Beese.

Island was founded in July, 1959 by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall, and Leslie Kong in Jamaica, with a particular focus on music and artists emerging in the Caribbean.

Island Records artists include the likes of Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Mike Posner, Jessie Reyez and Sigrid.

Island Records UK, based in London, is part of Universal Music UK, and is currently led by President Louis Bloom.

BMG Rights Management

BMG Rights Management GmbH (also known simply as BMG) is an international music company based in Berlin, Germany.

 It combines the activities of a music publisher and a record label.

Artists signed in BMG Rights Management include Avril Lavigne, Good Charlotte, Roger Waters, Bryan Ferry, Richard Ashcroft, Fatboy Slim, Steps, Sugar Ray, Marianne Faithfull.

ABC-Paramount Records

ABC Records was an American record label founded in New York City in 1955. It originated as the main popular music label operated by the Am-Par Record Corporation. 


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Artists signed under ABC-Paramount Records include Ray Charles ,Rufus ,Steely Dan,Tommy Roe and Sid Feller .