A&M Octone Records

A&M Octone Records
Parent company Interscope-Geffen-A&M
Founded 2000 (Octone Records)
2007 (relaunched as A&M/Octone)
Founder James Diener
David Boxenbaum
Ben Berkman
Defunct 2014
Status Defunct (Acquired by Interscope Geffen A&M)[1]
Distributor(s) Interscope-Geffen-A&M (in the US)
Universal Music Group (international)[2]
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York, US

A&M Octone Records (formally known as OctoScope Music LLC) was an American record label. It was a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Octone Records.

The label represented a merger of Interscope-Geffen-A&M's A&M Records defunct label with Octone Records. A full-service artist development label, A&M/Octone operated music publishing, merchandising and touring entities – in addition to specializing in recorded music.

After six successful years of operation, in September 2013, Octone initiated its buy/sell rights in the joint venture, resulting in Interscope-Geffen-A&M purchasing Octone Records' 50% interest in A&M/Octone, absorbing and restructuring the artist roster into Interscope operations in 2014 as announced.[1]



Launched in 2000, Octone Records was founded by CEO/President James Diener and distributed through Sony BMG. After successful signing, release, marketing and promotion on Octone, artists were given the option of upstreaming to RCA Music Group, via a joint-venture between the two companies. Upon launch, Diener and Octone Records were also well known in the music industry for their entrepreneurial private-equity financing model.[3]

In February 2007, Interscope-Geffen-A&M partnered with Octone Records to relaunch the A&M label, headed by James Diener and called A&M/Octone Records with worldwide distribution handled by parent Universal Music Group. The existing Octone roster was transferred to the A&M/Octone label and all new artist signings were made under the A&M/Octone joint venture.[4]

The legal name of the A&M/Octone label was "OctoScope Music, LLC" (d.b.a. A&M/Octone Records), the name derives from the merger of the labels Octone and Interscope. OctoScope Music, LLC was the copyright holder on all A&M/Octone releases. A&M/Octone Records operated from 2007 until 2014.

Executive staff

Former Recording artists

See also


  1. 1 2 "Interscope Geffen A&M Acquires Remaining Share of A&M/Octone Records". Billboard.
  2. "Labels - Universal Music". universalmusic.com.
  3. Nancy, Hass (April 16, 2007). "Sounds Like Money". Portfolio. Archived from the original on 18 March 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  4. Todd, Martens (February 20, 2007). "Interscope Geffen A&M Shifting To Octone". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  5. "Flyleaf's Kristen May: Ready to Begin (Again)". newreleasetuesday.com.

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