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Ariola Records

"Ariola" redirects here. For the anatomical structure, see Areola.
Ariola Records
Parent company Sony Music Entertainment
Founded 1958
Distributor(s) Self-distributed (1958-1987)
BMG (1987-2002)
Sony BMG (2002-2008)
Sony Music Entertainment (2008-present)
Genre Various
Country of origin Germany

Ariola Records (also known as Ariola and Ariola-Eurodisc) is a German record label. In the late 1980s, it was a subsidiary label of BMG, which in turn has become a part of the international media conglomerate SME.


Ariola was founded in 1958 as a music outlet of Bertelsmann. It set up several subsidiaries: Ariola America was founded in 1975 in Los Angeles, best known for Latin artists—most successfully Rocio Durcal from the late 1980s onward and Marisela starting in the 1990s; Ariola-Athena to release spoken word records; Ariola Benelux was founded in 1970 to cover the Benelux market; Ariola Eurodisc was a Spanish division of Ariola, founded in 1970; Ariola UK the UK based subsidiary of Ariola was founded in 1977; Baccarola; Türküola for the Turkish market; Eurodisc to release disco records in France - most successfully with Amanda Lear, Giorgio Moroder (house producer of Ariola) and Jupiter Records for German schlager music and disco like for instance group Dschinghis Khan.

It acquired both Arista Records and German rival label Hansa Records in 1979, and RCA Records in 1983. Ariola America also had a sister label called Ocean Records, which included on its roster actress/entertainer Ann-Margret. It was active 1979 through 1980. In the 1980s, there was a software development division called Ariolasoft.

Today, Ariola is a unit of Sony Music Entertainment and is still active in Germany.

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