Hansa Records

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Hansa Records
Parent companySony Music Entertainment
Distributor(s)Self-distributed (1972–1979)
Ariola Records (1979–1987)
Bertelsmann Music Group (1987–2002)
Sony BMG (2002–2008)
Sony Music Entertainment (2008–2009)
Country of originGermany

Hansa Records (also known as Hansa, Hansa Musik Produktion or Hansa International) was a record label founded in the 1960s based in Berlin, Germany.


The original 7 inch label of one of the best selling Hansa Records singles, Boney M.'s "Rivers of Babylon".

The label's most successful act commercially was the German-based band Boney M. with million-selling hits like "Rivers of Babylon", "Brown Girl in the Ring" and "Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord". David Bowie mastered Low and recorded Heroes at their studio in Berlin. After a decline in sales both domestically and internationally in the mid 80s, Hansa was eventually purchased by Bertelsmann Music Group, who merged them with several other labels like Ariola Records to form BMG Berlin Musik GmbH/BMG-Ariola, later to become part of international conglomerate Sony Music Entertainment, under which it was phased-out in 2009. It is used today only for reissues of its previous releases.

Artists signed, recorded and/or released on Hansa[edit]

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