Amiga (record label)

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Amiga Logo 1969 001.SVG
Parent companySony
Founded1947 (1947)
FounderErnst Busch
GenrePop, rock, jazz, folk
Country of originGermany

Amiga is a popular music record label in Germany. Once an organ of the East German state-owned music publisher VEB Deutsche Schallplatten, Amiga became a label of the Bertelsmann Music Group in 1994.

In 1947, actor and singer Ernst Busch got permission from the Soviet Military Administration in Germany to create a music publishing house, which was named Lied der Zeit GmbH ("Song of the Times"). This publishing company included the label Amiga. In the 1950s, Lied der Zeit became VEB Deutsche Schallplatten ("German Records"), a state-owned company with a monopoly on record production. VEB Deutsche Schallplatten had a number of labels, each with a different purview; Amiga releases included folk, jazz, pop, rock, Schlager music, chanson, and children's music.

After the dissolution of the German Democratic Republic, most of the former East German public state enterprises were dismantled or sold to private investors. The Amiga label and catalog were acquired by Bertelsmann Music Group in 1994, which in turn was dissolved into Sony Music Entertainment in 2008.[1]

Amiga's catalog consists of 2,200 albums and about 5,000 singles, with a total of 30,000 titles.

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  1. ^ Das DDR Handbuch (in German and English). Cologne: Taschen. 2017. p. 261. ISBN 9783836565202.


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