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AC/DC says Malcolm Young will not be returning to the band

AC/DC says Malcolm Young will not be returning to the band

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) --"Rock or Bust," AC/DC's first studio album in six years, is set for release Dec. 2, and is the band's first album without founding member Malcolm Young.
Karen Butler
Barbra Streisand is first artist with No. 1 albums in six consecutive decades

Barbra Streisand is first artist with No. 1 albums in six consecutive decades

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) --Barbra Streisand's "Partners" tops the Billboard 200 chart this week, making her the only recording artist to have a No. 1 release in six consecutive decades.
Karen Butler
Barbra Streisand to appear on 'The Tonight Show' Monday

Barbra Streisand to appear on 'The Tonight Show' Monday

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) --Barbra Streisand has been booked as the only guest on Monday's edition of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," NBC announced Thursday.
Karen Butler
Leonard Cohen, 79, to release album of new music Sept. 23

Leonard Cohen, 79, to release album of new music Sept. 23

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is to release "Popular Problems," his 13th studio album, on Sept. 23, two days after his 80th birthday.
Karen Butler
Doris Day still glamorous on her 90th birthday

Doris Day still glamorous on her 90th birthday

CARMEL, Calif., April 3 (UPI) -- Doris Day turns 90 years old Thursday, and the legendary actress and singer still looks great.
Annie Martin
50 Cent confronts Steve Stoute

50 Cent confronts Steve Stoute

March 2 (UPI) -- 50 Cent and former record executive Steve Stout have beef dating back to 2000.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
Pharrell Williams to release new album March 3

Pharrell Williams to release new album March 3

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. recording artist Pharrell Williams says his Columbia Records debut album, "G I R L," is set for release next month.
Foster the People to release next album March 18

Foster the People to release next album March 18

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- "Supermodel," the latest album from U.S. indie pop band Foster the People, will be released March 18, Columbia Records announced.
Springsteen's new album to get CBS.com preview

Springsteen's new album to get CBS.com preview

NEW YORK, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen's latest album, "High Hopes," will be available exclusively on CBS.com for streaming prior to its release date.
Beyonce unexpectedly releases new album on iTunes

Beyonce unexpectedly releases new album on iTunes

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Beyonce has unexpectedly released a 14-song album, her fifth studio set, exclusively on iTunes.
Lea Michele to release first studio album in March

Lea Michele to release first studio album in March

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Columbia Records announced Monday that Lea Michelle's debut solo album "Louder" will make its debut on March 4, 2014.
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Lea Michele to release first solo album in March

Lea Michele to release first solo album in March

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. singer and actress Lea Michele is to release her debut solo album, "Louder," March 4, Columbia Records announced Tuesday.
One Direction to release third album Nov. 25

One Direction to release third album Nov. 25

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- "Midnight Memories," the third studio album from British boy band One Direction, is set for release Nov. 25, Syco/Columbia Records announced Friday.
Celine Dion's latest album set for fall release

Celine Dion's latest album set for fall release

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Columbia Records says it will release "Loved Me Back to Life," the latest album from Canadian pop star Celine Dion, this fall.
David Lynch directs Nine Inch Nails' music video

David Lynch directs Nine Inch Nails' music video

NEW YORK, June 28 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker David Lynch's video for the new Nine Inch Nails song, "Came Back Haunted," premiered Friday on VEVO.com.
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DMX announces being signed to Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records and the upcoming release of his 6th solo album at a press conference at Sony Music Studios in New York on January 13, 2006. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Columbia Records is an American record label, owned by Japan's Sony Music Entertainment, operating under the Columbia Music Group with Aware Records. 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 pre-recorded sound, being the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. Columbia Records went on to release records by an array of notable singers, instrumentalists and groups. 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.

Until 1989, Columbia Records had no connection to Columbia Pictures, which used various other names for record labels they owned, including Colpix and later Arista. Though Arista was later sold to BMG, it is now a sister label to Columbia Records through Sony Music; both are connected to Columbia Pictures through Sony Corporation of America, worldwide parent of both the music and motion picture arms of Sony.

The Columbia Phonograph Company was originally the local company run by Edward Easton, distributing and selling Edison phonographs and phonograph cylinders in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Delaware, and derives its name from the District of Columbia, which was its headquarters. As was the custom of some of the regional phonograph companies, Columbia produced many commercial cylinder recordings of its own, and its catalogue of musical records in 1891 was 10 pages long. Columbia's ties to Edison and the North American Phonograph Company were severed in 1894 with the North American Phonograph Company's breakup, and thereafter sold only records and phonographs of its own manufacture. In 1902, Columbia introduced the "XP" record, a molded brown wax record, to use up old stock. Columbia introduced "black wax" records in 1903, and, according to Tim Gracyk, continued to mold brown waxes until 1904; the highest number known to Gracyk is 32601, Heinie, which is a duet by Arthur Collins and Byron G. Harlan. According to Gracyk, the molded brown waxes may have been sold to Sears for distribution (possibly under Sears' "Oxford" trademark for Columbia products).

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