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Columbia Records
Columbia logo
The Offspring signed between 1996-2012
Parent Company Sony Music Entertainment
Founded 1888 (until 1894 as a subsidiary of the North American Phonograph Company)
Distributing Company Sony Music Entertainment (US)
Columbia Label Group (Outside the US)
Country of Origin United States
Official Website http://columbiarecords.com/

Columbia Records is an American record label, owned by Sony Music Entertainment, operating under the Columbia Music Group. It was founded in 1888, evolving from an earlier enterprise, the American Graphophone Company—successor to the Volta Graphophone Company. Columbia is the oldest brand name in pre-recorded sound, being the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. Columbia Records went on to release records by an array of notable singers, instrumentalists, and bands. From 1961 to 1990, its recordings were released outside the U.S. and Canada on the CBS Records label (for Columbia Broadcasting System, its parent from 1938 to 1988) before adopting the Columbia name in most of the world.

It is one of Sony Music's three flagship record labels with the others being Epic Records and RCA Records.

Until 1989, Columbia Records had no connection to Columbia Pictures, which used various other names for record labels they owned, including Colpix and later Arista; rather, it was connected to CBS, which stood for Columbia Broadcasting System, a broadcasting media company which purchased Columbia Records in the late 1930s, and which had been co-founded in 1927 by Columbia Records itself. Though Arista was later sold to BMG, it is now a sister label to Columbia Records through Sony Music; both are connected to Columbia Pictures through Sony Corporation of America, worldwide parent of both the music and motion picture arms of Sony.

The Offspring's tenure with Columbia

In 1996, Dexter announced that in the Offspring mailing list that they had left Epitaph for Columbia. The Offspring's first release on Columbia was their fourth studio album Ixnay on the Hombre, which was released on that label in the United States, while Epitaph released the European version.

Recordings on Columbia:

In a December 2012 interview with Dexter and Noodles, it was confirmed that The Offspring had become free agents, thus ending their contract with Columbia, and have considered releasing new material independently.

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