DGC Records (an initialism for the David Geffen Company) was an American record label that operated as a division of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, which is owned by the Universal Music Group.

DGC Records
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Parent companyUniversal Music Group
Founded1990; 32 years ago (1990)
2007; 15 years ago (2007) (relaunch)
FounderDavid Geffen
Defunct1999; 23 years ago (1999) (original)
2013; 9 years ago (2013) (relaunch)
Distributor(s)Interscope Records
(United States)
Polydor Records
GenreVarious; general focus on rock
Country of originUnited States
LocationSanta Monica, California
Official websitewww.dgcrecords.com


DGC Records was launched in 1990 as a subsidiary label of Geffen Records and was distributed by Warner Bros. Records until 1991, when it was acquired by MCA Music Entertainment Group. The label was created as a response to the success Geffen had with the harder rock acts on its roster. Though it initially focused on more progressive rock and heavy metal, as the decade progressed it also embraced the emergence of (and become a seminal label of) alternative rock, with influential acts like Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Hole, Weezer and Beck. The label also released early titles by hip hop band The Roots.

In 1999, during the consolidation of Geffen's Universal Music Group parent and PolyGram, the DGC label ceased operations. The retained acts went on to record for the main Geffen label. In the years to follow, the DGC title and logo occasionally appeared on reissues of its past catalog items. In 2007, the label was revived as a brand for Interscope Records, inheriting many alternative acts signed to Interscope Geffen A&M (including acts that previously recorded for DreamWorks Records). Since its reactivation, it has released albums by Weezer, Beck, Counting Crows and Rise Against. DGC Records, in partnership with MySpace Records and indie Lucky Ear Music, signed up-and-coming Los Angeles based artist Meiko. In December 2010, Luke Wood stepped down as president of the label.[1][2] The label went inactive in 2013.

To date, the best-selling album in the DGC catalog is Nevermind, the 1991 album by Nirvana, reaching international sales of 25 million copies worldwide, with ten million copies sold in the United States, and was one of the first albums on the label to be certified Diamond.


The following artists have recorded for DGC Records:

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  1. ^ Halperin, Shirley (1 February 2011). "Luke Wood Named President and COO of Beats Headphones". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Luke Wood, Beats Electronics LLC: Profile and Biography". Bloomberg.com.

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