The Atlantic Records Group was founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson (later joined by Jerry Wexler, Nesuhi Ertegun, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin) as a one-room operation in New York City that was dedicated to finding, recording and promoting independent R&B and jazz. The label had its first hit single in 1949 with Stick McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" and soon after was catapulted into one of the pre-eminent companies in the rapidly evolving music industry. Today it remains recognized and revered around the world as being synonymous with artistry and quality.
Through the years, Atlantic recordings have had a profound impact on the development of modern music, while entertaining and engaging listeners with songs that have rooted themselves in our collective consciousness. Atlantic's rich history is distinguished by an array of legendary artists who broke new ground and set new musical standards, among them such icons as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane and Led Zeppelin.
Atlantic continues to be marked by musical diversity, embracing a spectrum of chart-topping performers who span the contemporary pop, rock, R&B, and hip-hop landscapes. Today the company is home to many of the world's most popular recording artists, among them Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, T.I., Wiz Khalifa, Portugal. The Man, B.o.B., Halestorm, Trey Songz, James Blunt, Phil Collins, Death Cab for Cutie, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Rock, Matchbox Twenty, Jason Mraz, O.A.R., Plies, Sean Paul, Shinedown, Staind, Rob Thomas and many more.
In 2004 Atlantic merged with Elektra Records, another iconic Warner Music Group label. Elektra was founded more than half a century ago in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village by legendary music pioneer Jac Holzman, who continues to serve as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of WMG. Over the years, this boutique label set the standard for breaking new ground in the worldwide music scene, eventually becoming one of the most influential record labels in the music business. Elektra was one of the primary forces in folk music in the 1960s, virtually inventing the artist-driven environment that fueled the Southern California rock boom a decade later. Elektra was also one of the first Warner Music Group labels to "go global" with such border-crossing successes as Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell. Elektra's impressive legacy also includes renowned artists such as The Doors, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne.
Atlantic Records UK roster includes: Paolo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, Plan B, Birdy, Rudimental, Marina and the Diamonds, Rumer, Lykke Li, Santigold and Clean Bandit among many others.