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
Official website

Caroline Records started as a subsidiary of Richard Branson's Virgin Records America during the early to mid-1970s. The label originally specialized in putting out budget-price LPs by mainly progressive rock and jazz artists that were generally not considered to have a great deal of 'mainstream' or commercial appeal, but were often however creatively of great interest.

The first release was Outside the Dream Syndicate by Tony Conrad and Faust in 1973. The original logo was a photographic-style variation on that of the Virgin label'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.

Caroline label design in the UK

On February 20, 2014, it was revealed that American rapper 50 Cent had signed to the label, and would release his next album on it on June 3, 2014.[1]

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. ^ Kids on the Street > Overview
  3. ^ "Billy, Don’t Be a Hero". Spin. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  4. ^ The Vanishing Point > Overview

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