RCA is a multinational record label that has been used worldwide and is currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment. The name RCA originally referred to the Radio Corporation of America, a US electronic and communications company formed in 1919. In 1929, RCA acquired the Victor Talking Machine Co., which had released records on the Victor and Victrola labels. The record division became known as RCA Victor until late 1968 when it became RCA Records.
In 1985, RCA Records became part of RCA/Ariola International. At the end of that year, General Electric purchased the RCA Corporation. In 1986, GE sold the remainder of RCA Records to Bertelsmann (Ariola's owner) and formed the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). Since then, RCA Records has switched owners twice and is currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment.
On September 26, 2011, Sony Music Entertainment reorganized the RCA Records group into its own label banner. This merger brought artists from Jive, Arista, LaFace, and J Records under the umbrella of RCA. Additionally, reissues from these imprints will be handled by RCA as well.