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Hollywood Records
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Parent company The Walt Disney Company
Founded 1989
Distributing label Universal Music Distribution
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location Burbank, California
Official Website Hollywood Records

Hollywood Records is an American record label owned by The Walt Disney Company focused in Hip hop, film soundtracks, pop and rock music.


Company history

Hollywood Records was created in 1989 as an attempt by Disney to develop new pop and rock artists to diversify the music group, besides launching non-Disney soundtrack. In 2003 Hollywood Records has a hit with Hilary Duff's debut album Metamorphosis, which registered triple platinum in just one year. It was the beginning of a series of artists who follow the business model of the Disney Channel which works best with artists like Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.

Upon its launch in 1989, the label was initially distributed by Elektra Records in the US and Canada. Distribution in North America switched to PolyGram (later taken over by Universal Music Group) in 1995. Hollywood Records also releases many film soundtracks from films made by Disney, or Disney-owned, film studios. Its roster tends to be heavily made up of young stars and performers prominently featured on the Disney Channel, however established artists such as Duran Duran, Queen and Danzig have been signed to the label. Today (along with Lyric Street Records, Carolwood Records and Walt Disney Records) the label operates as a unit of the Disney Music Group. Most of the artist under the Hollywood Records make pop and or rock music since its owned by Disney ans appeal to children. The only band that doesn't is Breaking Benjamin.

In 2003, Mammoth Records was integrated into Hollywood Records.

Current artists

Former artists

Hollywood Records in Europe & Australia

In Europe and Australia, Hollywood Records currently releases acts such as Jesse McCartney, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Aly & AJ as well as soundtracks through EMI, but all other artists are distributed through Universal Music Group. However, in the past, it was distributed independently through Edel Records for Duran Duran's Pop Trash can album and had a sub-label called Tr1be in the early 1990s.

In Latin America Hollywood Records releases are distributed since 2006 by Universal Music Group, before the label was distributed by Warner Bros. Records.

Hollywood BASIC

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Hollywood BASIC [sic] was Hollywood’s short-lived hip-hop subsidiary, run by Dave Funkenklein, which existed from 1990 to 1995. It did not survive the distribution transition its parent made to PolyGram Records, and all of its recordings were deleted, save for those by Organized Konfusion, which were repressed under the new deal. It was the first label to record DJ Shadow, releasing his "Lesson 4" (a reference to Double Dee and Steinski) as the B-side of a 1991 single by Lifers' Group, a hip hop group composed of convicts serving sentences at Rahway Prison in New Jersey. It also released his Legitimate Mix on the B-side of a single by the group Zimbabwe Legit in 1992.[5] Other notable releases came from Organized Konfusion; its challenging second album, Stress: The Extinction Agenda (1994), was widely acclaimed.[6] The label was also home to Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf, although, following the shooting death of Charizma in 1993, the music the duo recorded for the label was not released. This would later inspire Peanut Butter Wolf to found Stones Throw Records in order to make this music available.[7]

Hollywood BASIC artists

Hollywood Records executive bios

  • Founder- Richard B. Wattson I
  • President - Bob Cavallo
  • SVP/General Manager - Abbey Konowitch
    • Abbey Konowitch is currently General Manager of Hollywood Records. Before joining MCA, Konowitch was General Manager at Maverick Records. He was formerly associated with the artist Alanis Morissette. Before Abbey was formerly employed by cable network MTV as its Senior Vice President of Music & Talent. In his current role, Abbey has worked to create and cultivate a roster of pop and rock acts.
  • SVP Marketing - Ken Bunt
  • SVP Of Promotion - Justin Fontaine

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Hollywood Records Official Site
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  3. ^ Disney Channel (August 20, 2009). "DISNEY CHANNEL TO PRESENT WORLD PREMIERE OF SELENA GOMEZ AND THE SCENE’S MUSIC VIDEO "FALLING DOWN," FRIDAY, AUGUST 28" (DOC). Press release. Retrieved September 5, 2009. 
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  5. ^ Peter Shapiro, Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, 2nd ed. London: Rough Guides/Penguin Books, 2000 (p. 102).
  6. ^ Peter Shapiro, Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, 2nd ed. London: Rough Guides/Penguin Books, 2000 (p. 291).
  7. ^ Peter Shapiro, Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, 2nd ed. London: Rough Guides/Penguin Books, 2000 (pp. 349–351).

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