Records is an American flagship recording label, under the ownership of Sony Music
Entertainment, operating under the Columbia
Music Group. It was founded in 1888, evolving from an earlier enterprise, the American Graphophone Company-successor to the Volta Graphophone Company. Columbia
is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, being the first record company to produce recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. Columbia
Records went on to release records by an array of notable singers, instrumentalists, and bands. From 1961 to 1990, its recordings were released outside the U.S. and Canada on the CBS
Records label (for Columbia
Broadcasting System, its parent from 1938 to 1988) before adopting the Columbia
name in most of the world.