Edel Music was founded in 1986 by Michael Haentjes in Germany as a mail order record company selling mostly soundtracks. With artists such as Scooter, SASH!, Holly Johnson and many others, it became a very successful pop music label. Edel went to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 1998.
Over the years Edel purchased Eagle Rock Records, Facedown Records, Gang Go Music, Club Tools, Control Records and Belgian Play It Again Sam.
Edel's main office is based in Hamburg, but the edel network extends the label presence all over Europe with affiliates offices and labels and in the rest of the world with a strong network of distributors, edel is in fact still present in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, and France.