Arista Records

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Arista Records, Inc. is an American record label owned by Sony Music, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of the Japanese conglomerate Sony.wikipedia
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Bertelsmann Music Group

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The label was previously handled by Bertelsmann Music Group.
Although it was established in 1987, the music company was formed as RCA/Ariola International in 1985 as a joint venture to combine the music label activities of RCA Corporation's RCA Records division and Bertelsmann's Ariola Records and its associated labels which include Arista Records.

Columbia Records

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The label was founded in 1974 by Clive Davis, who formerly worked for Columbia Records.
Columbia is one of Sony Music's four flagship record labels, alongside former longtime rival RCA Records, as well as Arista Records and Epic Records.

RCA Records

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Along with Columbia, RCA, and Epic, Arista is one of Sony's four flagship record labels. In early 1975, most of the artists who had been signed to Bell were let go, except David Cassidy (left for RCA Records), Tony Orlando and Dawn (left for Elektra Records), and the 5th Dimension (departed for ABC Records).
It is one of Sony Music's four flagship labels, alongside RCA's former long-time rival Columbia Records, Arista Records, and Epic Records.

Clive Davis

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The label was founded in 1974 by Clive Davis, who formerly worked for Columbia Records.
He was the founder and president of Arista Records from 1975 through 2000 until founding J Records.

Bell Records

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By November 1974, and with a 10 million dollar investment from Columbia Pictures, Davis folded the various Columbia legacy labels (Colpix Records, Colgems Records, and Bell Records) into a new entity named Arista Records, ultimately owning 20 percent of the company.
Bell Records was reorganized in November 1974, which was the birth of Arista Records.

Epic Records

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Along with Columbia, RCA, and Epic, Arista is one of Sony's four flagship record labels.
Along with Arista, Columbia and RCA Records, Epic is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.

The 5th Dimension

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In early 1975, most of the artists who had been signed to Bell were let go, except David Cassidy (left for RCA Records), Tony Orlando and Dawn (left for Elektra Records), and the 5th Dimension (departed for ABC Records).
The group later recorded for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records.

Barry Manilow

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Several Bell acts, such as Barry Manilow, the Bay City Rollers, and Melissa Manchester continued with Arista.
With a $10 million investment by CPI, and a reorganization of the various Columbia Pictures legacy labels (Colpix, Colgems, and Bell), Davis introduced Columbia Pictures's new record division, Arista, in November 1974 with Davis himself owning 20% of the new venture.

Whitney Houston

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The label's most significant acquisition came in 1983 when Davis signed Warwick's cousin, Whitney Houston.
With the guidance of Arista Records chairman Clive Davis, she signed to the label at the age of 19.

Aretha Franklin

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In addition to Outlaws, Patti Smith, Eric Carmen, Air Supply, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Alan Parsons and Dionne Warwick, Arista signed Aretha Franklin in 1980, after her long relationship with Atlantic Records ended.
Franklin left Atlantic in 1979 and signed with Arista Records.

Novus Records

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Arista had an imprint label in the 1970s called Arista Novus, which focused on contemporary jazz artists.
Backer worked at Impulse! Records until 1974, when Clive Davis, founder of Arista Records, asked him to oversee the jazz division at Arista.

Erasmus Hall High School

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The label was named after Arista, New York City's secondary school honor society (of which Davis was a member at Erasmus Hall High School).

Patti Smith

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In addition to Outlaws, Patti Smith, Eric Carmen, Air Supply, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Alan Parsons and Dionne Warwick, Arista signed Aretha Franklin in 1980, after her long relationship with Atlantic Records ended.
The Patti Smith Group was signed by Clive Davis of Arista Records, and in 1975 recorded their first album, Horses, produced by John Cale amid some tension.

David Cassidy

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In early 1975, most of the artists who had been signed to Bell were let go, except David Cassidy (left for RCA Records), Tony Orlando and Dawn (left for Elektra Records), and the 5th Dimension (departed for ABC Records).
In 1985, music success continued with the Arista release of the single "The Last Kiss" (number six in the United Kingdom), with backing vocals by George Michael, which was included on the album Romance.

Columbia Pictures

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After being fired from CBS Records, Clive Davis was hired by Columbia Pictures (which later became sister to the former CBS Records in 1989) in June 1974 to be a consultant for the company's record and music operations.
With a $10 million investment by CPI, and a reorganization of the various Columbia Pictures legacy labels (Colpix, Colgems, and Bell), Davis introduced Columbia Pictures's new record division, Arista Records, in November 1974 with Davis himself owning 20% of the new venture.

Outlaws (band)

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In addition to Outlaws, Patti Smith, Eric Carmen, Air Supply, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Alan Parsons and Dionne Warwick, Arista signed Aretha Franklin in 1980, after her long relationship with Atlantic Records ended.
The band was the first act signed to Arista Records under Clive Davis.

Air Supply

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In addition to Outlaws, Patti Smith, Eric Carmen, Air Supply, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Alan Parsons and Dionne Warwick, Arista signed Aretha Franklin in 1980, after her long relationship with Atlantic Records ended.
The track caught the attention of Arista Records boss Clive Davis, who remixed the song and released it as a single in the US early the next year.

Arista Nashville

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A country music division, Career Records, was merged into the Arista Nashville division in 1997.
It is a subsidiary of Arista Records since Arista's relaunch in 2018, but during the dissolution, Arista Nashville was not affected and it remains a Sony Music label.

Rowdy Records

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During the 1990s, Arista also distributed Logic, Rowdy and Heavenly Recordings.
Formed in 1992 by producers Dallas Austin and L.A. Reid, Rowdy was initially distributed through Arista Records.

Toni Braxton

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In 1989, Arista entered into a joint venture with Antonio "L.A." Reid and Babyface in the creation of LaFace Records, record company of Toni Braxton, Usher, and TLC, which it acquired in 1999.
In the late 1980s, Braxton began performing with her sisters in a music group known as The Braxtons; the group was signed to Arista Records.

Bay City Rollers

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Several Bell acts, such as Barry Manilow, the Bay City Rollers, and Melissa Manchester continued with Arista.
As the group's popularity swelled to superstardom in the UK, a concerted effort was made by Arista Records (the record company that evolved from Bell) to launch the Rollers in North America.

Lou Reed

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In addition to Outlaws, Patti Smith, Eric Carmen, Air Supply, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Alan Parsons and Dionne Warwick, Arista signed Aretha Franklin in 1980, after her long relationship with Atlantic Records ended.
Rock and Roll Heart was his 1976 debut for his new record label Arista, and Street Hassle (1978) was released in the midst of the punk scene he had helped to inspire.

Jive Records

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Additionally, Arista was the North American distributor of Jive Records from 1981 until 1987.
Later that decade, the company opened offices in the US, where Calder began a business relationship with Clive Davis, whose Arista Records began releasing material by Zomba artists.

Colgems Records

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By November 1974, and with a 10 million dollar investment from Columbia Pictures, Davis folded the various Columbia legacy labels (Colpix Records, Colgems Records, and Bell Records) into a new entity named Arista Records, ultimately owning 20 percent of the company.
Bell itself was later disbanded and Columbia's music division was reorganized into Arista Records, headed by Clive Davis.

LaFace Records

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In 1989, Arista entered into a joint venture with Antonio "L.A." Reid and Babyface in the creation of LaFace Records, record company of Toni Braxton, Usher, and TLC, which it acquired in 1999.
LaFace was formed in 1989 as a joint venture between the producing duo Antonio "L.A." Reid & Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and Arista Records.