Trauma Records was a Los Angeles-based independent record label created in 1993 by Paul Palmer and Rob Kahane.[1]

Trauma Records
Founded1993 (1993)
FounderPaul Palmer, Rob Kahane[1]
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles
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Trauma Records had a joint venture agreement with Interscope Records that included financing and distribution through Interscope Records. Trauma Records signed and developed bands such as Bush, No Doubt, Phunk Junkeez, and The Flys. In 1997, Trauma sued Interscope for $100 million when Interscope laid claim to No Doubt's contract, which Trauma asserted had been transferred to Trauma in 1995. The suit was settled out of court, allowing Trauma to retain the group's recording rights and obtain $3 to $5 million in cash. Trauma's Bush catalogue was transferred to Kirtland Records in 2005. The label under which NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal released his hip-hop albums. Shaq's most anticipated album, Shaquille O'Neal Presents His Superfriends, Vol. 1 was never released. Trauma also released several soundtracks to popular films starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen such as Holiday in the Sun and When in Rome. Since 2004, it has been a subsidiary of Interscope. Currently, the label is inactive with no website or current address. Interscope has all but phased out the label following its decline in management and sales. The label has been reactivated as Trauma2 Records. Kahane now manages Bush who he signed to the original label.

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  1. ^ a b Sandler, Adam (19 March 1998). "Regency painlessly buys Trauma label". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 15 September 2018.