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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.

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February 12

February 12, 2012 – “I See the Light” Wins a Grammy

“If she’s here it’s crystal clear, I’m where I’m meant to go.”

On February 12, 2012, the 54th Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Nominated for two awards, the Disney animated feature film Tangled received a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media; it was awarded to Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, songwriters for the song “I See the Light,” performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. The song beat out “Born to Be Somebody” from Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, “Christmastime Is Killing Us” from Family Guy, “So Long” from Winnie the Pooh, “Where the River Goes” from Footloose, and “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque.

January 30

January 30, 1995 – The Lion King Soundtrack Wins at American Music Awards

“And can you feel the love tonight? It is where we are, it’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer that we got this far.”

On January 30, 1995, the 22nd American Music Awards (AMAs) were held, and were broadcast by ABC. The soundtrack for the animated feature film The Lion King was the winner for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, beating out nominees Mariah Carey (for Music Box) and Counting Crows (for August and Everything After.) It was the only nomination and win for the album at the AMAs, but was amongst its many accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.

January 1

January 1, 1990 – Hollywood Records Begins Operations

On January 1, 1990, Disney’s record label Hollywood Records began operations. The label was created by then-CEO Michael Eisner, who wanted to expand Disney’s music operations into the more mainstream music scene rather than just soundtracks. The label had its first success when it was able to acquire the rock band Queen’s entre catalogue for $10 million. The groups currently under the label range from rock bands (Breaking Benjamin, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals), to pop artists (Bea Miller, Sofia Carson), to R&B singers (Jordan Fisher). Several artists have starred on Disney Channel in movies and shows, transitioning to a music career under the Hollywood Records label. The label also features soundtrack and compilation albums for the Marvel films in a joint production with Marvel Music.

November 13

November 13, 1940 – Fantasia Has World Premiere at the Broadway Theater

Fantasia was not simply a film or a concert. Instead, it was a hybrid, a selection of great orchestral works conducted by Leopold Stokowski, played by the Philadelphia Orchestra and illustrated by Walt Disney.”

On November 13, 1940, the animated feature film Fantasia had its world premiere at the Broadway Theater in New York City. This premiere was substantial in showing the evolution of Disney animation, as the film premiered twelve years after the official debut of the first Mickey Mouse short film, Steamboat Willie. This premiere was part of a roadshow held to promote the film, along with an exclusive sound system called Fantasound. Proceeds from the opening night went toward the British War Relief Society, as England was then embroiled in World War II. There was great demand from viewers to see the film, and the film would eventually run at the Broadway for forty-nine weeks.

November 11

November 11, 1997 – The Soundtrack for Flubber is Released Through Walt Disney Records

On November 11, 1997, the soundtrack for the live action feature film Flubber was released through Walt Disney Records. The soundtrack primarily featured the score for the film, composed by Danny Elfman, along with the song “Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine Band, which is featured in the film and its trailer.

October 29

October 29, 2005 – Laura Michelle Kelly Plays Final Performance as Mary Poppins

“After [performing in Mary Poppins] for two years in London, I just needed a break.”

On October 29, 2005, after 400 performances, actress Laura Michelle Kelly played her final performance as the titular character in the West End musical Mary Poppins. It was announced that the role would then be portrayed by Scarlet Strallen; Kelly traveled to Singapore to star in a production of A Twist of Fate. Kelly would return to the role of Mary Poppins in October, 2009, this time at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.