BNA Records

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BNA Records
Parent companySony Music Entertainment
FoundedApril 1991[1][2]
FounderBoomer Castleman
StatusDefunct (absorbed into Columbia Nashville)
Distributor(s)Sony Music Nashville (US)
Country of originUnited States
LocationNashville, Tennessee

BNA Records, formerly known as BNA Entertainment, was a label group that shared ties with Arista Nashville and RCA Nashville from parent company Sony Music Nashville, which itself is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, BNA featured country music acts on its roster. The company derived its name from the IATA and ICAO airport codes for Nashville International Airport.

The label was founded by Boomer Castleman, who sold it to BMG Music in 1993. The first act signed was B. B. Watson.[3]

In August 2011, Sony Nashville announced a major corporate restructuring which included the merger of Columbia Nashville into BNA.[4] The BNA name was retired in June 2012, with the last remaining artists moving to a newly re-established Columbia Nashville.[5]

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  1. ^ "Sony BMG: One Word, Three Letters and a Whole Lot of History".
  2. ^ Kingsbury, Paul (2004). The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Sourcebooks, Inc. p. 42. ISBN 0-19-517608-1.
  3. ^ "Watson nets Crawdads as backup". The Times. October 18, 1991. pp. 11C. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  4. ^ "Sony Restructures Rosters, Promo Teams". August 31, 2011.
  5. ^ "Kenny Chesney Renews Deal With Sony, BNA Imprint Retired".