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Creator: Columbia Records
The company logo, nicknamed "The Walking Eye".note 

Columbia Records is not only one of the leading names in the music industry, it's also the Ur Example of a record label—it's existed since 1888. It was the first company to switch from wax cylinders to shellac discs. Later, its technicians created long-playing records; that is, the album as a 10" or 12" inch disc rather than a literal album, with a bunch of 78s all in one package. It's been owned by various companies, most notably CBS (1938-88) and Sony (1988-present); despite the name, it had no connection with Columbia Pictures until the Sony deal brought both companies under common ownership.

Columbia owns Epic Records, which has a distinguished roster (and an entry) of its own.

Note: This article is about the American Columbia Records, not the European and Japanese divisions that split off into separate but identically-named companies. Because of this, the label was called CBS Records overseas until the Sony buyout. The Japanese company still uses the Columbia name, so the label is called Sony Music there. Meanwhile, the CBS TV network launched a new version of CBS Records in 2007. Confused yet?

Columbia Records performers, past and present, with TV Tropes pages:

* Signed to the Epic subsidiary in America
+ Signed in the US and Canada only

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