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RCA Records is one of the oldest, and most successful, record companies in existence.

Its origins go back to 1901, when its precursor, the Victor Talking Machine Company, went into business. Victor became a leading manufacturer of both phonographs and the records that played on them; the record label's roster included such prominent names as Bing Crosby and Enrico Caruso. In 1926, Victor was acquired by the Radio Corporation of America, and the main pop label was renamed RCA Victor. In 1949, RCA introduced the 7" 45 RPM single (which eventually supplanted the 10" 78 RPM record) to compete with the 10" and 12" album, which had been introduced by its rival Columbia Records the previous year. In The '50s, RCA helped usher in the Rock & Roll era by signing Elvis Presley. RCA's other major artists over the years include Jefferson Airplane, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Kelly Clarkson, and Foo Fighters, among many others. The RCA label is currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment, along with its longtime competitor Columbia.

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