Sony Completes Acquisition of Bertelsmann's 50% Stake in Sony BMG

Music Company Becomes Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America

PRNewswire
NEW YORK
Oct 1, 2008

Sony Corporation today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Bertelsmann's 50% stake in Sony BMG, which was originally announced on August 5, 2008. The music company, to be called Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (SMEI), is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

SMEI is comprised of premier music labels such as: Arista Records, Columbia Records, Epic Records, J Records, Jive Records, RCA Records, and Zomba. Key recording artists include Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Jay Chou.

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