Asylum Records is an American record label founded in 1971 by David Geffen and partner Elliot Roberts, who had previously worked as agents at the William Morris Agency. Founded specifically to provide a record contract for Jackson Browne, the label signed Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan for two albums. It was taken over by Warner Communications (now the Warner Music Group) in 1976, and later merged with Elektra Records to become Elektra/Asylum Records.
After various incarnations, today it is geared primarily towards hip-hop, along with rock and alternative metal. It is owned by Warner Music Group, and is currently distributed through Warner Bros. Records.