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CBS Records International

CBS Records International
Parent company CBS (1962–1987),
Sony (1988–1990)
Founded 1962
Status Alternate brand of Columbia Records used outside of North America (1961-1990)
Company renamed Sony Music Entertainment, January 1991
Record label absorbed into Columbia
Genre Various
Country of origin United States

CBS Records International, simply referred to as CBS in logo, was the international arm of the Columbia Records unit of Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (CBS) that was formed in 1961 and launched in 1962.[1][2] Columbia Records had been using other record companies to distribute Columbia recordings outside North America, such as Philips Records and its subsidiary Fontana (now associated with Universal Music Group) in Europe.


  • Formation 1
  • Columbia trademark ownership issues 2
  • Expansion 3
  • Sale to Sony 4
  • Presidents of CBS Records International 5
  • References 6


In 1960, CBS acquired its Australian distributor since 1956,[3] the Australian Record Company,[4] and with it its flagship label Coronet Records.[5] American Columbia material continued to be issued on the CBS Coronet Records label in Australia. The CBS label was launched in Australia in 1963. Also in 1960, CBS began negotiations with its European distributor Philips Records with the goal of the establishment of a CBS Records label in Europe. Philips' acquisition of Mercury Records paved the way for the formation of the CBS label in 1961 with Philips distributing the first batch of CBS recordings in Europe in 1962.

Columbia trademark ownership issues

The use of the CBS name was necessary because EMI owned another record label called Columbia, which operated in every market except North America, Spain and Japan.[6]

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In 1964, CBS acquired Oriole Records which gave CBS Records its own distribution in the UK beginning in 1965. Initially, only American Columbia product was distributed alongside Oriole's own roster on the renamed CBS label. EMI, which had distributed American Columbia recordings on its Columbia label until the Philips deal in 1951, continued to distribute CBS's other American labels such as Epic and Okeh on that label. The distribution deal with EMI expired in 1968 at which point CBS began distributing all their labels directly.[7]

Sale to Sony

CBS sold the record company in 1988 to Sony Corporation of America for $US 2 billion.[8] In 1991, the CBS Records company was renamed Sony Music Entertainment. The CBS Records label was renamed Columbia Records after Sony acquired the Columbia name and trade marks from EMI.[9]

Presidents of CBS Records International


  1. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (26 June 1961). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 3–.  
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (16 March 1963). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 40.  
  3. ^ MILESAGO - Record Labels - Australian Record Company (ARC)
  4. ^ History of CBS Records Australia - Employee Induction Document, Published 1988, Ye Olde Networks Collection - Scanned Aug 2012.
  5. ^ Robert Burnett (2 February 1996). The Global Jukebox: The International Music Industry. Taylor & Francis. p. 51.  
  6. ^ Geoffrey Hull (15 June 2004). The Recording Industry: 2nd Edition. Psychology Press. p. 115.  
  7. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (11 May 1968). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 46.  
  8. ^ David Horn; Dave Laing; Paul Oliver; Peter Wicke (30 January 2003). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Part 1 Media, Industry, Society. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 704.  
  9. ^ "CBS Records Changes Name".  
  10. ^ Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business - Fredric Dannen - Google Books. (2011-09-14). Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  11. ^ Billboard - Google Books. (1971-07-31). Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  12. ^ Asher Opens CBS Factory.  
  13. ^ Lichtman, Irv (3 May 1986). Summer Helms CBS Records International.  
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