Company Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Overview (wikipedia)

Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Inc. is the result of a 50/50 joint
venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG
Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann) completed on August 5, 2004. It is
one of the Big Four music companies, and includes ownership and
distribution of recording labels such as Arista Records, Columbia
Records, Epic Records, J Records, RCA Victor Records, RCA Records,
Legacy Recordings, Sonic Wave America, and others.

On July 13, 2006, the [European
Union]European Union annulled the merger as IMPALA (a trade
association for independent labels in Europe)had asked, ruling that the
two companies must end their venture and become separate companies once
again in order to have fair competition with independent labels. The
case is being appealed. It is currently viewed as unlikely that the
[EC]European Commission will indeed split them
forcibly.1
It is possible it may simply instead force them to sell a proportion of
their assets or labels. This may also affect the possible sale of
Bertlesmann's share of the company to Sony. If the company is indeed
allowed to continue in its current form, it is possible the European
Commission might block a complete takeover by any entity.

List of Sony BMG labels (wikipedia)

Independent labels distributed by Sony BMG

Sony Music In Japan (wikipedia)

Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (SMEJ), also known as SME
Records, is Sony's music arm in
Japan. SMEJ is independent from
Sony BMG Music Entertainment due to its
strength in the Japanese music industry.[1]

Its subsidaries including the anime production
enterprise, Aniplex, which was established in
January 1997 as a joint-venture
between Sony Music Entertainment Japan and Sony Pictures Entertainment, but which in
2001 became a wholly-owned subsidary of Sony Music
Entertainment Japan.

History

Sony Music Entertainment Japan was founded in 1968 as a 50/50 joint venture between [Sony
Corporation]Sony Corporation and
CBS Records to distribute the latter's music
releases in Japan. The company was named CBS
Sony
.[2] In [1988]1988, Sony acquired CBS Records and the
50% of the joint venture that it did not already own. The company was
then renamed Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

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[2] Sony and the Modern Age
Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved on
6 August 2006.