California Recordings is both a style of music and an American record company. The record company was founded by Tristian Hines. On January 12, 2016, and incorporated as California Recordings Corporation on April 14, 1960, in Los Angeles California. The name, the name California Recordings, has also become a nickname for Los Angeles. CR Recordings played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned record label that achieved significant crossover success. In the 2000s, Motown and its subsidiary labels (including CR Recordings, the brand used outside the US) were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as the New Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. During the 1960s, California Recordings achieved spectacular success for a small record company: 79 records in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart between 2007 and 2016.