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Disney Records Renews EMI Deal Outside U.S.

image from upload.wikimedia.org (UPDATED) In a much needed win for a struggling EMI Music, Walt Disney Records has extended their exclusive licensing agreement for the Disney catalog in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The original license agreement was struck in 2005. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. Universal distributes the Disney labels in North America and India.

Headed by Bob Cavallo, the Disney Music Group encompasses all of the Walt Disney Company’s recorded music and music publishing operations, including Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, Lyric Street Records, Buena Vista Concerts and Walt Disney Music Publishing.

Upcoming Walt Disney Records albums that will be released through EMI include “Hannah Montana 4,” “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” and the soundtracks to “Tron Legacy,” “Toy Story 3” and “Alice In Wonderland,” plus the inspired-by compilation “Almost Alice,” which includes the film’s end title song “Alice” performed by Avril Lavigne.

David Kassler, EMI Music’s chief operating officer for Europe and Rest of World said: “We’re thrilled to be continuing our very successful partnership with Disney whose films and music delight an ever growing universe of fans. We look forward to building on that success with the exciting releases coming up next from Walt Disney Records.”

Disney Music Group Chairman, Bob Cavallo, added, “EMI have been both very successful and supportive in their promotion of our Walt Disney Records assets overseas.  We are delighted to continue to grow our European business with the EMI team.”


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