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Dixie Chick Natalie Maines to release solo album May 7

Dixie Chick Natalie Maines to release solo album May 7

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks confirmed Friday she will release her debut solo album, "Mother," on America's Columbia Records label May 7.

Daft Punk signs with Columbia Records

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Columbia Records has signed French duo Daft Punk to a deal, though details about a fourth album are few, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.
Megan Hilty to release debut album in March

Megan Hilty to release debut album in March

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Megan Hilty, star of the Broadway-themed drama TV series "Smash," is to release her debut album, "It Happens All the Time," in March, Columbia Records said.
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Britain's Olly Murs to release first U.S. album

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- British pop star Olly Murs is to release his first U.S. album "Right Place Right Time" this spring, Columbia Records announced.
Destiny's Child compilation CD features new song

Destiny's Child compilation CD features new song

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The soon-to-be-released CD "Destiny's Child -- Love Songs" will feature the first new recording by the vocal group in eight years, their U.S. record label said.
Springsteen to kick off Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

Springsteen to kick off Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are to kick off Wednesday's star-studded Hurricane Sandy concert in New York, organizers said.
New Depeche Mode album set for March release

New Depeche Mode album set for March release

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Depeche Mode is to release a new album in March, then embark on a European concert tour to support it, Columbia Records said Tuesday.
Adele's '21' sells 10M copies in U.S.

Adele's '21' sells 10M copies in U.S.

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- More than 10 million copies of Adele's "21" album have been sold in the United States in less than two years, Columbia Records announced Wednesday.
One Direction album set for U.S. release

One Direction album set for U.S. release

NEW YORK, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A second album by British pop group One Direction is set for release in the United States next week, Columbia Records announced.
Adele's 'Skyfall' theme to debut Friday

Adele's 'Skyfall' theme to debut Friday

LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- British soul singer Adele's theme song for the James Bond movie "Skyfall" is to premiere on her website Friday, Columbia Records said Monday.
Olly Murs to release first U.S. album

Olly Murs to release first U.S. album

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Olly Murs, a fan favorite from the British version of "The X Factor," is to release his first U.S. album Dec. 4, Columbia Records announced Monday.
New Aerosmith album to drop Nov. 6

New Aerosmith album to drop Nov. 6

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- "Music From Another Dimension," Aerosmith's first studio album of new material in 11 years, is set for release in North America Nov. 6, Columbia Records said.
Roger Waters completes 'The Wall' N. American tour

Roger Waters completes 'The Wall' N. American tour

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) -- Roger Waters has wrapped up his North American concert tour of "The Wall" at The Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, Columbia Records said.
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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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