Caroline Records

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Caroline Records
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1973
Founder Richard Branson
Distributor(s) Capitol Music Group
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location New York, New York, U.S.
Official website
Caroline label design in the UK

Caroline Records is an American record label that started as a subsidiary of Richard Branson's Virgin Records America during the early to mid-1970s. It specialized in inexpensive LPs by progressive rock and jazz artists that lacked commercial appeal. Caroline records rarely mentioned a connection with Virgin, and some UK and European Virgin albums that were distributed internationally (instead of being manufactured in each country) named Caroline as their American distributor. Some Caroline records bore the label name Caroline Blue Plate.


The first release was Outside the Dream Syndicate by Tony Conrad and Faust in 1973. The logo was a photographic-style variation of Virgin's "Twins" logo designed by Roger Dean.

Both the US and UK branches of Caroline Records are subsidiaries of Caroline Music, which includes Caroline Distribution and is in turn owned by Universal Music Group. Caroline has or had a number of subsidiary labels including Astralwerks, Gyroscope, Caroline Blue Plate, Rocks the World, Scamp, and Passenger.

On February 20, 2014, it was revealed that American rapper 50 Cent had signed with the label. He released his next album on it on June 3, 2014.[1]

Steven Wilson joined the label's roster in April 2017 ahead of the release of his fifth studio album.[2]

Primo Scree[edit]

Primo Scree was an imprint of Caroline Records created by Ned Hayden of the Action Swingers, who had previously been a sales rep at Caroline.[3][4] Its releases included the Action Swingers' single "Fear of a Fucked Up Planet", as well as Gumball's debut album Special Kiss and Monster Magnet's debut album Spine of God.[5][6]

Notable releases[edit]


  1. ^ Keith Nelson Jr (2014-02-20). "50 Cent Leaves Interscope Records, New Album Coming June 3rd". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  2. ^ "British artist Steven Wilson signs worldwide deal with Caroline International - Music Business Worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Monster Magnet". Contemporary Musicians. 2004. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  4. ^ Belanger, Ashley (2015-03-25). "Total Punk talks to Action Swingers' Ned Hayden about CBGB, his influences and the early NYC punk scene". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  5. ^ Marlowe, Keith (2015-05-21). "Action Swingers Just Won't 'Quit While You're Ahead'". Noisey. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  6. ^ Huey, Steve. "Gumball Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  7. ^ Kids on the Street > Overview
  8. ^ "Billy, Don't Be a Hero". Spin. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  9. ^ The Vanishing Point > Overview

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