Imperial Records is EMI’s independent, urban label division that was originally established in 1948 on the West Coast. The small label grew to become one of the giants of rock n’ roll and R&B music with groundbreaking artist such as, Slim Whitman, Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson. The label continued to make an impact on both genres of music with release by iconic artist, Cher and the legendary Temptations.
Imperial was re-launched in 2006 when entrepreneur and music industry veteran, Neil Levine joined Imperial to establish a unit focused on the independent, urban music market. Imperial is a full service, label group specializing in artist, brand development, releasing critically acclaimed albums from Fat Joe, Evidence (of Dilated Peoples), Jin, and Anthony Hamilton (previously unreleased tracks).