Interscope Geffen A&M Records

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Interscope Geffen A&M Records
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Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded January 1, 1999[1]
(15 years ago)
Distributor(s) Universal Music Distribution (US)
Polydor Records (UK)
Universal Music Group (Worldwide)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location Santa Monica, California
Official website Official website

Interscope Geffen A&M Records[2][3][4][5][6] is an American record company that was founded in 1999. It is owned as a subsidiary[7] of Universal Music Group (UMG) and is distributed domestically in the United Kingdom by Polydor (UK) and internationally by Universal Music Distribution (UMD).

Interscope Geffen A&M combines three predominant labels that became imprints (Interscope, Geffen and A&M) of Universal Music Group. Today, it houses artists and bands such as Schoolboy Q, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Phillip Phillips, Kendrick Lamar, Fergie, Eminem, The All-American Rejects, Cedric Gervais and UK recording artists The 1975 and Ellie Goulding, whom are all housed under the imprint Interscope Records.


IGA was formed in 1999, when Geffen Records and A&M Records were merged into Interscope Records — the flagship imprint of the operation — following Universal Music Group's acquisition of PolyGram. Both Geffen and A&M were negatively affected by the merger, forcing many staff members out of a job.[8] At the time of inception, Interscope was made popular by artists such as Dr. Dre, No Doubt, and Enrique Iglesias, while Geffen and A&M were amidst rebuilding their names.[9] Distribution for IGA releases is handled by Polydor Records in the UK, while IGA in turn distributes Polydor releases in the U.S. Beginning with season 10 of American Idol in January 2001, development, distribution and marketing of all contestants through 19 Recordings shifted from Sony to IGA, hoping to deliver superstars equal to that of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson once again.[10]

DreamWorks Records merged with IGA in 2004 and added artists, Blink-182, Papa Roach, Rise Against, Nelly Furtado, Lifehouse, AFI, The All-American Rejects, Jimmy Eat World and Rufus Wainwright, who were split between Interscope and Geffen.[11]

In 2007, as a result of seven-year declining drop in sales, IGA made an agreement with Drinks Americas Holdings Ltd. Together they would develop brands of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages with the imprimatur of Interscope artists.[12]

In October 2013, Interscope Geffen A&M fully acquired the A&M Octone label, which was completed in 2014.[13]


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