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The Disney Music Group (formerly Buena Vista Music Group) is a collection of affiliated record labels all subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company. The chairman of the group is Bob Cavallo, who reports to Dick Cook, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios.

Labels

The group includes:

  • Buena Vista Records, a label devoted to authentic soundtrack albums of mostly live-action Disney film musicals, such as Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire, Summer Magic, and Babes in Toyland, as well as recordings by actors then under contract to Disney, such as Annette Funicello and Hayley Mills. Often, at the same time that Buena Vista Records released a genuine soundtrack album of one of the Disney movies, Disneyland Records, another, less expensive Disney label, would release a cover version of the songs from that film. The label was later taken over by Walt Disney Records. It is still active today and releases various content such as Baby Einstein and karaoke CDs; it also has some recording artists.
  • Walt Disney Records, the flagship label of the group, was founded in 1956 (as Disneyland Records) so that Disney would not have to release through labels not associated with the studio, such as RCA Victor or Capitol Records, which had respectively issued Disney albums in the past.[1] Under the Disneyland label, among its other recordings, the studio also released new soundtrack LP's of some of the animated Disney films, including, in 1957, a 3-LP album set of all of the classical music heard in Fantasia, perhaps the first soundtrack album containing virtually all the music from a feature-length film. (The "Meet the Soundtrack" segment and the jam session were not included.) It also released cover albums (rather than soundtracks) of some of the other animated films, such as Lady and the Tramp. In 1989, the label was renamed to its current branding. The label now releases a broad range of Disney-themed music for kids, teens and families such as soundtracks to movies made by Walt Disney Pictures, original music from artists such as They Might Be Giants, and compilations of music made popular by Radio Disney. Disney classic film soundtracks originally issued on LP have been transferred to CD under this label, rather than on the Disneyland Records or Buena Vista labels.
  • Hollywood Records, primarily focusing on rock, pop music, and teen artists. The label was originally primarily a soundtrack label (for Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures) with few major artists, like Queen. But under the guidance of Bob Cavallo and Abbey Konowitch, the label now releases records from a variety of major artists such as: Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez & The Scene,Corbin Bleu, Jesse McCartney, Aly & AJ, Jordan Pruitt, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexa Vega, Breaking Benjamin,Honor Society and Ballas Hough Band. Hilary Duff parted ways with the label in November 2008. Taking the place of Hilary Duff, the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus (if you don't include the Hannah Montana series) are the best-selling artists while Demi Lovato is the second highest selling artist signed to Hollywood Records.
  • Lyric Street Records, a Nashville-based country music label with artists such as Rascal Flatts and SHeDAISY.
  • Mammoth Records, formerly based in North Carolina, still has well-known artists such as Los Lobos in its stable.
  • Walt Disney Music Publishing which controls music compositions for Disney's music heard in movies and theme parks. Divisions include Walt Disney Music Company, Wonderland Music Company, Seven Peaks Music, Seven Summits Music, Touchstone Pictures Music & Songs, Hollywood Pictures Music, HolPic Music, Buena Vista Music Company, Fuzzy Muppet Songs, Mad Muppet Melodies, Agarita Music, FFM Publishing, F T S Music, Saban Music U.S.A., ABC Family Music, Falferious Music, Five Hundred South Songs, Balanga Music and more.

Distribution

Disney Music Group doesn't have its own distribution network, instead, relying on Universal in North America and Asia (excluding Japan), Avex Group in Japan and, since September 2005, EMI in the UK, to distribute their work. In the past, Sony Music has been a distributor of Hollywood Records in mainland Asia.

In the UK, EMI are licensing Hollywood Records albums and branding them as EMI recordings on the newly relaunched Charisma/Angel label; however North American recordings retain the more distinctive Hollywood Records branding.

References

  1. ^ kiddierecords.com
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