Headquarters: New York City

Founded: 1989

Founded by: Chris Lombardi

Link: Matador Records



Matador started in 1989 out of the owner's apartment, although quickly grew in both size and prestige with lots of influential and respected acts being added to their roster. In 2002, they got bought by Beggar's Banquet, and prior to that, they had worked a deal with Capitol that included distribution in exchange for having first dibs on some of their artists (most notably Liz Phair, whose self-titled record did very well for the major label after her three records for Matador).

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