Warner Bros. Records is one of the most successful recording companies in music history and home to some of the most influential and innovative artists of our time. Its reputation and extraordinary roster of new and established recording artists is unparalleled, and its collective influence on pop culture is without precedent.
Warner Bros. Records was founded 50 years ago by Jack Warner, the last of the original pioneering Warner brothers, as an offshoot of Warner Bros. Studios. Throughout the next five decades the company built a family of labels that today represent a full spectrum of musical genres. It was the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group, and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of that corporation. It maintains a close relationship with its former parent, Warner Bros. Pictures, although the two companies are independently owned.
With a visionary approach toward discovering and nurturing musical talent, the Warner Bros. family of labels is currently home to an impressive generation of major artists. The Warner Bros. roster includes Avenged Sevenfold, Cher, The Flaming Lips, Goo Goo Dolls, Linkin Park, The Raconteurs, Robert Randolph, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Damien Rice, Rilo Kiley, Seal, Taking Back Sunday, Ashley Tisdale, The White Stripes and many others.
Nonesuch Records is one of today’s most respected, innovative and diverse recording companies, with artists spanning many genres, including world, contemporary, classical, music-theater, jazz and alternative pop music. Founded as a classical label in 1964 by Elektra Records executive Jac Holzman, Nonesuch expanded into the world music field in 1967 with its legendary Explorer series. Its artist roster includes The Black Keys, k.d. lang, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Randy Newman, Steve Reich, Caetano Veloso and Wilco.
Founded in 1966 by Seymour Stein and Richard Gotterher, Sire was an influential label among up and coming bands such as Climax Blues Band, Focus and Renaissance, and achieved early success with its compilation series that included re-issue albums of British rock and blues, as well as music from The Impressions and Paul Anka. In the late 1970s, Sire was one of the most influential forces in punk rock and new wave music with a roster that included Barenaked Ladies, The Cult, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ice T, k.d. lang, Madness, Madonna, the Pretenders, the Ramones, the Replacements, Seal, The Smiths and the Talking Heads. Sire was acquired by Warner Bros. Records in 1980. Its current roster includes HIM, Jack's Mannequin, Regina Spektor, Tegan and Sara, The Spill Canvas, The Subways and The Veronicas.