Hollywood Records, Inc. is a record label owned by Disney. The label has released a number of records from artists of various genres throughout its history. It is perhaps best known though for releasing albums from a number of Disney Channel stars. It's something of a Spiritual Successor to Buena Vista Records, the small pop label Disney operated in The 50s and The '60s.
The label was formed in 1989 by Michael Eisner who sought to expand Disneys music operations and develop a roster of talent from various genres. They had an early success by signing Queen in the early 90s and has since remained the distributor of their catalogue in the United States and Canada. They still remained in a financial rough patch during the 90s and early 2000s, only gaining a few hits from even their more established signees. That changed with the release of Hilary Duffs second album Metamorphosis. Duff at the time was the star of the Disney Channel hit program Lizzie McGuire and the success of the album (which has since gone 3xplatinum) led to a business model change for the label. The label would support acts who were features in other mediums Disney had a stake in, particularly the stars of Disney Channel shows and movies, and help use their success to launch and develop successful music careers. For example, many of them tend to have prominent airplay on Radio Disney. This strategy has helped the label earn additional gold and platinum certified records from artists like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato.
Even with the success of their Disney channel acts, the label has still remained home to a number of artists who havent been regular fixtures of Disney related projects. These musicians have included Breaking Benjamin, Plain White Ts and Grace Potter. Hollywood records has also distributed numerous soundtrack albums, typically for films distributed by Disney. Starting with The Avengers (2012), they have released all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film soundtracks in conjunction with Marvel Music. The label also had a Hip-Hop subsidiary formed in 1990 called Hollywood Basic but folded in 1995 after Hollywood had a switch in distributors which resulted in all of Basic's recordings getting deleted.
From 1989 to 1995, the label was distributed by Elektra Records. They then switched to Polygram, which later merged with its parent, Universal Music Group. Hollywood and Universal would later expand their relationship in 2013 to allow Hollywood signees to collaborate with producers and songwriters who worked for Universal.
Hollywood Records performers, past and present, with TV Tropes pages:
- 10 Things I Hate About You (Soundtrack)
- A Cinderella Story (Soundtrack)
- Allstar Weekend
- Aly & A.J.
- Arachnophobia (Soundtrack) (first album the label ever released)
- Breaking Benjamin
- Butthole Surfers
- Sabrina Carpenter
- Sofia Carson
- Miley Cyrus
- Danzig (of all artists!) (for the album Blackacidevil)
- The Dead Milkmen
- Duran Duran
- Hilary Duff
- Selena Gomez (both her work with The Scene and early solo material)
- Lucy Hale
- Olivia Holt
- Vanessa Hudgens
- Insane Clown Posse (original release of The Great Milenko)
- Jennifer Paige
- The Jonas Brothers
- Demi Lovato (currently has a joint deal with Island Records)
- Jesse Mc Cartney
- China Anne McClain
- Bridgit Mendler
- The Prince & Me (Soundtrack)
- Prom (Soundtrack)
- Queen (United States and Canada)
- Bella Thorne
- ZZ Ward