TAG Recordings

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TAG Recordings
Parent company Procter & Gamble
Founded 1994 (1994)
Distributor(s) The Island Def Jam Music Group
Genre Various
Country of origin U.S.
Official website www.tagrecords.com

TAG Recordings was an imprint of Atlantic Records started in 1994. TAG had been intended to host Atlantic's stable of alternative rock artists and capitalize on the wild popularity of alternative and grunge rock at that time. The label handled artists such as Fountains of Wayne, The Inbreds, The Lemonheads (first signed to Atlantic and then moved to TAG Recordings for their album Car Button Cloth[1]), The Bottle Rockets [2] and Jawbox. Due in part to poor sales of the latter band's self-titled album, as well as a corporate shakeup at Atlantic,[3] the label was shut down in 1996 and Fountains of Wayne was transferred to Atlantic, on which they released Utopia Parkway. The Inbreds were one of the first bands signed by TAG Recording's head of A&R, Leyla Turkkan, and their first album was Kombinator.[4]

The TAG Records name was then re-established in 2008 as an imprint of Island Records and was created in partnership by Jermaine Dupri (in his former position as) President of Urban Music at Island Records, and Procter & Gamble's TAG Body Spray. Q Da Kid was the first artist to be signed to the label.[5] Marketing Expert John Tantillo commented on this sponsorship of personal brands and the possible implications.[6] However, TAG records folded a year later in 2009.[7]

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