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Japan-based Sony is known as the world's top electronics manufacturer, but it has a sizable presence in the American entertainment industry as well. Sony Corporation of America has holdings in television, music, and film production and distribution. Sony Music Entertainment Inc. oversees Sony's collection of well-known labels as well as music publishing, distribution, and subscription services. In 2002, total sales were, $4.8 billion, down from $6 billion in 1999. Plans to merge with Bertelsmann's BMG are pending a European Commission ruling set to be handed down by July 22, 2004.

relevant holdings
Columbia House, subscription club from which members get discounted music, DVDs, and videos

MusicNet, online music distribution platform for partners like America Online (joint investment with BMG, EMI and Warner Music Group)

Sony Connect music downloading service

Sony Computer Entertainment, Playstation and games Sony/ATV Music Publishing

notable artists
Britney Spears (Jive)
Dave Matthews Band (RCA)
OutKast (Arista)
The Strokes (RCA)

labels include
Columbia Records
Epic Records
Legacy Recordings
Sony Classical
Sony Nashville
Sony Wonder


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posted may 27, 2004

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