Tell Me Again How There’s No Monopoly in the Music Industry

The Big Three Record Labels and Their Subjects

Most all of the record labels you know are owned by three major parent corporations: SONY, Universal Music Group (UMG), and Warner Music Group (WMG). Even Sub Pop, the once-famous Seattle independent label, is now owned by WMG. The only pseudo-famous label not on here is K Records, which became famous around the same time as Sub Pop for releasing off-beat alternative music in the ’90s. But for most everyone else, it’s just a question of which corporation you have pulling the strings. Tell me again how there’s no monopoly in the music industry.

SONY (in blue):

  • RCA
  • Epic
  • Columbia

Universal Music Group (in green):

  • EMI
  • Virgin (owned by EMI)
  • Island
  • Motown
  • Def Jam
  • Republic
  • MCA
  • Capitol
  • Geffen
  • Interscope

Warner Music Group (in red):

  • Reprise
  • Atlantic
  • Elektra (owned by Atlantic)
  • Roadrunner (owned by Atlantic)
  • Atco (owned by Atlantic)
  • Sub Pop
  • Fueled by Ramen
  • Parlophone

Originally published at on March 23, 2015.

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