Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label best known for its numerous recordings of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, jazz and hip hop. Over its first 20 years of operation Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American recording labels, specializing in jazz, R&B and soul recordings by African-American artists, a position greatly enhanced by its distribution deal with Stax Records.
In 1967 Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music, signing Cream, Led Zeppelin, Yes and Foreigner.
In 2004 Atlantic Records and its sister label Elektra Records merged into Atlantic Records Group. Craig Kallman is currently Chairman of Atlantic Records. Label co-founder Ahmet Ertegün served as Founding Chairman until his death on December 14, 2006, at age 83. The label also has a number of deals with previously independent labels such as Must Destroy and VP Records.
As recently Atlantic Records has made a deal in 2009 with artist jay-z to distribute his The Blueprint 3 album,as its not only self distributed by Atlantic Records,his music videos on Youtube are distributed and partially owned by Atlantic Records,as all of his music under the Atlantic Records contract is not played on VEVO.
It is home to artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Sean Combs, T.I., Saigon, Trick Daddy, Paul Wall, Webbie, missy elliott, mase, Yung Joc, Boyz In Da Hood, and Young Dro. In total, the label has nearly three hundred artists on its roster.