Cleveland International Records

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Cleveland International Records
Founded1976/1977 (1976/1977)[1][2]
FounderSteve Popovich, Sr
GenreRock, polka
Country of originUnited States
LocationWilloughby, Ohio

Cleveland International Records is an independent record label formed in 1976 or 1977 by Steve Popovich, Sr. originally founded in Willoughby, Ohio and moved to Nashville[1][2]


One of the first albums the label released was Bat Out of Hell (1977) by Meat Loaf which has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.[3] They have also released recordings by Ronnie Spector, B. J. Thomas, Slim Whitman and The Irish Rovers, among others.

After working in the Nashville industry for more than a decade, collaborating with the likes of Johnny Cash, Popovich Sr. moved back to Cleveland in 1994. A year later, he re-established the Cleveland International label with a focus on Polka music.[4]

The label won a lawsuit in 2005 when Sony Music produced copies of the Bat Out of Hell CD without the Cleveland International logo. In 2007, a court ordered Sony to pay Cleveland $5 million.[5]

With his estate finally settled, Popovich, Sr.'s son, Steve Popovich, Jr. revived the record label in late December 2018. Cleveland International Records will operate out of Nashville, but Popovich, Jr. said the goal will be to open an office in Cleveland down the road.[4][1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c Niesel, Jeff (December 26, 2018). "Steve Popovich Jr. Relaunches His Father's Cleveland International Records". Cleveland Scene. Cleveland: Euclid Media Group. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Petkovic, John (January 20, 2019). "Cleveland International rocks again: Legendary record label readies for relaunch (vintage photos)". Cleveland: Advance Publications. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Label Blew Meat Loaf's biggest". Jim Steinman. 2007-02-28. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  4. ^ a b Brokkbank, Mike (January 26, 2019). "Steve Popovich Jr. reviving Cleveland International Records". WEWS-TV. Cleveland: E. W. Scripps Company. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Sony sued in Meat Loaf logo row". BBC News. 2007-11-23. Retrieved 2007-11-23.