Record labels were once as unique as the artists they represented. Names like Motown, Def Jam, and Sub Pop signaled a certain brand of music that fans grew to expect from new releases. Although these names have for the most part maintained the niche for which they have become known, they have gradually been bought by larger companies, known as the major labels. There are currently five companies that dominate the recording industry. Two, Warner Music Group and EMI, operate as their own entities, while Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and BMG Entertainment fall under the umbrella of larger parent companies. For more information on each of them, click on the logos below.