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For the current record label owned by Paramount, see CBS Records.

1962–1991

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CBS Records International was the international releasing division of Columbia Records, active from 1962 until 1991. The division was founded by Columbia to release its products outside the United States and Canada while avoiding confusion with EMI's Columbia Graphophone Company, which operated in every market except North America, Spain and Japan.

Columbia's then-owner CBS Inc., under the leadership of Laurence Tisch, sold this division to Sony Corporation for $2 billion on November 17, 1987 with the sale's completion on January 5, 1988. They later retained the CBS name for music recordings but granted Sony a temporary license to use the CBS name until the music company was renamed Sony Music Entertainment on January 1, 1991.

CBS Records International
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