A&M Octone Records

A&M Octone Records was an American record label owned as a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Octone Records. A full-service artist development label, it was founded in 2007 as a merger between Octone and Interscope Geffen A&M's defunct A&M Records label. For its six years of existence, A&M Octone operated music publishing, merchandising, and touring entities, in addition to specializing in recorded music.

A&M Octone Records
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Parent companyUniversal Music Group
Founded2007; 13 years ago (2007)
Defunct2014; 6 years ago (2014)
Distributor(s)Interscope Geffen A&M Records (USA)
Polydor Records (UK)
Universal Music Group (international)[1]
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City, New York

In September 2013, Octone initiated its buy/sell rights in the joint venture, resulting in Interscope Geffen A&M purchasing Octone's 50% interest in A&M Octone, with Interscope absorbing and restructuring its artist roster in 2014.[2]



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 staffEdit

  • James Diener, CEO/president
  • David Boxenbaum, general manager/chief operating officer
  • Ben Berkman, EVP/head of promotion
  • Rome Thomas, senior vice president sales & artist development
  • Nina Webb, head of marketing
  • Roi Hernandez, head of creative services & electronic A&R
  • Yu-Ting Lin, vice president A&R admin & label operations

Former recording artistsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Labels - Universal Music". universalmusic.com.
  2. ^ "Interscope Geffen A&M Acquires Remaining Share of A&M/Octone Records". Billboard.
  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. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  5. ^ "Flyleaf's Kristen May: Ready to Begin (Again)". newreleasetuesday.com.

External linksEdit

  • A&M/Octone Records official website

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