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October 15

October 15, 2002 – Hilary Duff’s Debut Album Santa Claus Lane is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Walk in this Christmas down Santa Claus Lane, no need to wonder, no need to explain.”

On October 15, 2002, the debut album of Disney Channel star Hilary Duff was released through Walt Disney Records. A Christmas album, the album features re-recordings of Christmas standards, such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Last Christmas,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The titular song is the only original song on the album, written by producer Matthew Gerrard, Charlie Midnight, Bridget Benenate, and Jay Landers. The album debuted at number 154 on the Billboard 200, and peaked at the number 2 position on the Top Heatseekers and Top Kid Album charts.

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September 6

September 6, 2005 – Buena Vista Music Group and EMI Music Sign Exclusive License Agreement

“It is a unique opportunity to enter such a promising venture with a company like Disney.” – Chairman and CEO of EMI Music Continental Europe Jean-Francois Cecillon

On September 6, 2005, it was announced that EMI Music and the Walt Disney Company’s Buena Vista Music Group had signed an exclusive agreement that allowed EMI to represent and promote Disney’s music offerings – including Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, Lyric Street Records, and Mammoth Records – within the UK, Continental Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East. This catalogue was vast, featuring Disney’s 75-year music history through its films, as well as upcoming artists under the newer labels, such as Jesse McCartney and Rascal Flatts.

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 26

April 26, 2005 – The Album Disney Channel Hits: Take 2 is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Our spots are different, different colors. We make each other stronger, that ain’t never gonna change.”

On April 26, 2005, the compilation album Disney Channel Hits: Take 2 was released through Walt Disney Records. The album compiled songs from popular Disney Channel shows and Disney Channel Original Movies, including Stuck in the Suburbs, The Cheetah Girls, and Halloweentown High. Artists featured on the album include Hayden Panettiere, Jesse McCartney, and The Cheetah Girls.

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 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 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.