It was initially distributed by RCA then within three years switched distribution to CBS Records, where it remained well after the label became Sony Music Entertainment, until 1991 it changed distribution again, this time to A&M Records. In 1993, PolyGram hired Avant to run Motown Records. During his tenure as Motown's president, Motown distributed Tabu Record’s releases. Avant left suddenly during the late 1990s, and Motown replaced him with André Harrell.
The label went out of business in 1999, but between 2002 and 2011 Tabu Records was an imprint of Capitol-EMI’s The Right Stuff via Virgin Records America, focusing primarily on reissuing its 1980s catalog.
In 2011, a new distribution deal with Universal Music Group began, with new entries by the label’s core artists released as part of Universal’s Icon series.
In 2012 a new deal was struck with Demon Music Group for distribution, licensing and representation.
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