EPIC RECORDS is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment , a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Inc. . Epic was founded predominantly as a jazz and classical music label in 1953. It later expanded its scope to include a more diverse range of musical genres, including pop , R&B , rock and hip hop . The label has released albums by popular acts such as Michael Jackson , Cheap Trick , Shakira , Travis Scott , Celine Dion , ABBA , Anastacia , George Michael , Boston , Dave Clark Five , Gloria Estefan , Pearl Jam , Rage Against the Machine and Sly "> Subsequently, Epic became better known for its signing of newer, fledgling acts. By the end of the 1960s, Epic earned its first gold records and had evolved into a formidable hit-making force in rock and roll , R Epic recordings were issued by EMI on the Columbia label.
Epic was involved in a notable "trade" of artists. Graham Nash was signed to Epic because of his membership in The Hollies. When the newly formed Crosby, Stills & Nash wanted to sign with Atlantic Records , Ahmet Ertegün worked out a deal with Clive Davis whereby Richie Furay 's new band Poco (having signed with Atlantic due to Furay's contract from being in Buffalo Springfield ) would sign with Epic.
Epic's commercial success continued to grow in the 1970s with releases from ABBA in the UK, Boston , Cheap Trick , The Clash , Charlie Daniels , Gabriel, Heart , Heatwave , The Isley Brothers , The Jacksons , George Jones , Labelle , Meat Loaf , Johnny Nash , Ted Nugent , REO Speedwagon , Minnie Riperton , Pegasus, Charlie Rich , Sly Epic itself launched in England around 1971.
Sony Corporation bought CBS Records in 1987, and the company was renamed Sony Music in 1991. It began splitting European operations into two separate labels, Epic and Columbia, in 1992, and in 1997, Sony Music's Australia and New Zealand followed suit.
In 2004, Sony merged with music distributor, BMG , bringing Arista Records, Columbia Records, Epic Records, J Records, Jive Records, RCA Records and Zomba to one parent company, Sony BMG. In 2008, Sony bought out BMG for $1.2 billion, bringing all affiliated labels together as Sony Music Entertainment International, SMEI. The merger was approved by the EU in 2009.
1980S - 2010: MICHAEL JACKSON, CULTURE CLUB, SADE, CELINE DION, EPIC SOUNDTRAX, PEARL JAM, OASIS
Epic's 1980s and 1990s mainstream success were fueled by its signing and releasing of albums by notable acts such as Michael Jackson , Teena Marie , Shakin' Stevens, Culture Club , Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine , Adam Ant , Living Colour , Incubus , Dead or Alive , Europe , Cyndi Lauper , Ozzy Osbourne , Korn , Pearl Jam , Sade , Luther Vandross , Stevie Ray Vaughan , Rage Against the Machine , Céline Dion , and Oasis , among others. The label's greatest financial payoff came via the release _Thriller _, the 1982 album by Michael Jackson, which went on to achieve approximately 51–65 million in worldwide sales, becoming the biggest selling album in history.
Epic Soundtrax was founded in 1992. It was central to Epic's 1990s success, with 11 releases cumulatively selling more than 40 million records over a three-year period. Notable releases included soundtrack albums for _Honeymoon in Vegas, Singles, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia_, and _Judgement Night_.
2011 TO PRESENT: L.A. REID, DJ KHALED, MEGHAN TRAINOR, JENNIFER LOPEZ, KEYSHIA COLE, SYLVIA RHONE
In July 2011, L.A. Reid became the CEO of Epic Records, signing artists such as TLC , Toni Braxton , Avril Lavigne , Outkast , Future , Yo Gotti , Ciara , Meghan Trainor , DJ Khaled and Travis Scott . Epic also signed the winners of The X Factor during the seasons that Reid appeared on the show.
In November 2014, Mosley Music Group created a joint venture with Sony Music, with marketing, publicity, distribution and overall label services provided by Epic. The joint venture was created due to Timbaland 's previous collaboration with L.A. Reid on Michael Jackson's posthumous album, _Xscape_. Previously operated by Interscope , most of MMG's roster moved to Epic.
In 2015, Mariah Carey left her former label, Def Jam Recordings , to reunite with Reid at Epic. He had worked with Carey at Def Jam under The Island Def Jam Music Group in 2004. That same month, it was announced that R"