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July 23

July 23, 2003 – The Cheetah Girls Single “Cinderella” Premieres on Radio Disney

“I don’t want to be like Cinderella, sittin’ in a dark cold dusty cellar.”

On July 23, 2003, the promotional single “Cinderella” premiered on Radio Disney. Originally recorded by i5, the song was recorded by The Cheetah Girls to promote the film of the same name. It was eventually released for digital download on August 12, 2003, with the music video premiering on Disney Channel the same day. The song was also featured in the film as the band’s audition song for the talent show.

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May 3

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May 3, 2005 – The Compilation Album Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs is Released

“Though her words are simple and few, listen, listen, she’s calling to you.”

On May 3, 2005, as part of the Disneyland 50th anniversary celebrations, the album Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs was released through Walt Disney Records. Andrews, who is well-known for her role as the titular character in the live action feature film Mary Poppins, was selected as the Official Ambassador for the 50th anniversary celebration; this album was created to celebrate this, and to reflect on Andrews’ favorite Disney memories. Rather than releasing new songs, this album was a compilation of Disney songs, ranging from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Beauty and the Beast.

April 21

April 21, 2004 – Apple and Disney Announce Deal for Buena Vista Music Group Catalog

“Now iTunes users can add these timeless Disney songs to their music libraries and enjoy them wherever they go on their iPods.”

On April 21, 2004, Apple announced that they had teamed up with Disney’s Buena Vista Music Group, with Apple getting exclusive rights to the Walt Disney Records catalog, ranging from the animated feature films to featured artists in the Hollywood Records label. The catalog was added to its own genre page within the iTunes music store, labeled as “Disney.” Disney chose to work with Apple, as Apple was the leading global online music store, and provided Buena Vista Music Group another avenue to make Disney’s music accessible to consumers.

March 5

March 5, 2013 – The Soundtrack for Oz the Great and Powerful is Released through Walt Disney Records

“[Elfman is] able to create a sweeping gigantic sound that can really describe a tremendous scale and help us create this very unique world that Frank Baum wrote about, the land of Oz.” – Director Sam Raimi

On March 5, 2013, the soundtrack for the live action feature film Oz the Great and Powerful was released through Walt Disney Records. The soundtrack is comprised of the score to the film, composed by Danny Elfman. The soundtrack was released in both digital and physical formats, with the digital releases featured on iTunes and Amazon.

March 2

March 2, 1957 – Disneyland Records Runs an Advertisement in Billboard

“Disneyland Records presents 3 exciting new albums”

On March 2, 1957, Disneyland Records ran an advertisement in Billboard magazine. The record label was founded in 1956, and had trouble appealing to adults. This advertisement was part of Disney’s campaign to appeal to adult record buyers, rather than children, and featured records by Fess Parker, Frances Archer and Beverly Gile, and a compilation record called “Echoes of Disneyland.” With the help of record producer Tutti Camarata, Disneyland Records was able to change public perception of its output from kiddy fare to a legitimate player in the record game.

February 23

February 23, 2003 – Monsters, Inc. Wins Two Grammy Awards

“You and me together, that’s how it always should be, one without the other don’t mean nothing to me…”

On February 23, 2003, the 45th Grammy Awards were held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Pixar collaborator and musician Randy Newman won an award for his song “If I Didn’t Have You,” featured in the animated feature film Monsters, Inc. The song won for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media. Monsters, Inc. won again, winning Best Musical Album for Children for the compilation album Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites, with performances by Riders in the Sky.

February 15

February 15, 2005 – The Compilation Album Disneymania 3 is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Wherever I wander, wherever I roam, I couldn’t be fonder of my big home.”

On February 15, 2005, the third album in the Disney cover compilation series Disneymania was released through Walt Disney Records. The album featured a variety of artists, ranging from Disney Channel stars The Cheetah Girls and Christy Carlson Romano, to American Idol stars Clay Aiken and Kimberley Locke, to bands Bowling for Soup and Jump5. Five singles were released to promote the album and Disney animated features released on home video: “Under the Sea” by Raven-Symone, “A Whole New World” by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” by The Cheetah Girls, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” by Aly & AJ, “Cruella De Vil” by Lalaine, and “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” by Jump5. The album peaked at 30 on the Billboard 200, and was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA.