Arista Records, Inc. is an American major record label. It is a wholly owned unit of Sony Music Entertainment and was previously handled by Bertelsmann Music Group. The company operated under the RCA Music Group until 2011. The label was founded in 1974 by Clive Davis, who formerly worked for Columbia Records. Until its demise in 2011, it was a major distributor and promoter of albums throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Along with Columbia Records, RCA Records, and Epic Records, Arista is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.