Jive Records

Jive Records (later stylized as JIVE Records) was an American independent record label founded by Clive Calder in 1981 as a subsidiary to the Zomba Group. In the US, the label had offices in New York City and Chicago. Jive was best known for its successes with hip hop, R&B, and dance acts in the 1980s and 1990s, along with teen pop and boy bands during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Jive Records
Parent companySony Music Entertainment
Founded1981; 42 years ago (1981)[1]
FounderClive Calder
DefunctOctober 7, 2011; 11 years ago (October 7, 2011)
Status
  • Inactive
Distributor(s)Legacy Recordings (reissues)
GenreVarious
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York, Chicago
Official websitewww.jiverecords.com (dead link)

Jive was acquired by Bertelsmann Music Group in 2002.[2] In 2008, BMG itself was bought out by Sony Music Entertainment.[3] Jive Records thereupon remained a unit wholly owned by Sony up until the label’s dissolution in 2011, when Jive was absorbed into RCA Records.


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