WWE Music Group

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WWE Music Group
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Parent company WWE
Founded 1985
Founder Vince McMahon
Distributor(s) Sony Music Entertainment
Genre Various

WWE Music Group, (formerly known as WWE Records, as well as SmackDown! Records) is a record label funded and operated by WWE. It is manufactured and co-marketed by Columbia Records and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment.[1] The label specializes in compilation albums of the WWE wrestlers' entrance themes, often by contributing performing artists, but also releases titles that have been actually performed by the wrestlers themselves, including the various-artists album WWE Originals and John Cena's You Can't See Me.

Historically, most WWE entrance themes have been performed by Jim Johnston since the 1980's,[2] while in recent times, themes have been written or performed by John Alicastro and Mike Lauri,[3] known collectively as CFO$. The label is currently under the management of Neil Lawi.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

The series of World Wrestling Federation (WWF) produced albums began in 1985 with The Wrestling Album.[4] The album contained the song, "Land of a Thousand Dances", recorded by a majority of the WWF roster at the time (including Roddy Piper, Jesse Ventura, and Randy Savage). The locker room would later reconvene for the song's music video.[4]

Later in 1993, WrestleMania: The Album was released, but it failed to chart on the Billboard 200. By 2002, however, it had sold a total of 91,000 copies.[4]

Format change and success[edit]

The format of the wrestling albums changed in 1996, as the focus went from the wrestlers themselves singing to a compilation of various wrestlers' entrance themes.[4] WWF Full Metal was the first album released with the new focus.[4] In October, the album reached #184 on the Billboard 200 and by 2002, had sold 173,000 copies.[4] This new format proved to be a success. The follow-up album, WWF The Music, Vol. 2, which was released two years later, spent sixteen weeks on the chart and sold over 480,000 copies.[4]

WWF The Music, Vol. 3 and WWF The Music, Vol. 4, released in December 1998 and October 1999 respectively, each sold over a million copies.[4] In particular, Vol. 3 reached #10 on the Billboard 200, spent thirty weeks on the chart, and sold over 1.21 million copies.[4] The album reached position #4 in its début week, stayed on the charts for twenty weeks, and sold over 1.13 million copies.[4]

On 21 March 2000, the company worked with Priority Records to release a hip-hop album titled WWF Aggression,[5] which featured rappers such as Snoop Dogg, ODB, Method Man, and Kool Keith, all of whom recorded versions of various wrestlers' entrance themes.[4] This album differed from previous albums, which were more along the lines of rock music.[4] Despite the change, the album still sold approximately 640,000 copies.[4]

In October 2000, WWE announced the launch of the record label under the name SmackDown! Records, with Ron McCarrell as the President.[6][7][8]

In February 2001, WWF The Music, Vol. 5 débuted on the Billboard 200 at position #2, spending two weeks in the top twenty and selling 176,000 copies.[4] as well as reaching #2 in the UK Albums Chart and #5 in the Canadian Albums Chart.[9] The album featured an original song by The Rock.[4] By 2002, Vol. 5 had sold 640,000 copies.[4] In September 2001, the WWF Tough Enough album sold 138,000 copies.[4]

In May 2001, WWE signed their first act, the heavy metal band Neurotica,[10] and released their third album in June 2002,[11] the only non-wrestling related album released on the label so far, before they disbanded.

In 2002, WWF Forceable Entry sold 145,000 copies in its first week to enter the Billboard 200 at position #3.[4][12] It was the fourth consecutive WWF album to début in the top ten of the Billboard 200.[12] Forceable Entry also débuted on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart.[12] The album included music from Creed, Our Lady Peace, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Kid Rock, Drowning Pool, Rob Zombie, Sevendust, and Saliva.[13][14] Later in the year, WWE Anthology was certified platinum after just 10 days of release.[15]

As of March 2006, WWE officially announced the launching of the "WWE Music Group" under the management of Neil Lawi,[16][17] who not only maintains the label but selects songs to be used on television and pay-par-view events, and regularly scouts new talent to showcase via WWE.[18] Within two months of operation, the newly restructured label had an album reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 when WWE Wreckless Intent, featuring songs by artists such as Motörhead, Three 6 Mafia, P.O.D. and Killswitch Engage, reached #8.[19][20] In 2007 the label released ¡Quiero Vivir!, the début album of WWE ring announcer Lillian Garcia, in conjunction with Universal Music Latino.[21]

In 2007, WWE released WWE The Music, Vol. 7, the first digitally exclusively album released on the label iTunes,[22] and starting in 2012, WWE began making old albums available through online stores, starting with the first five "Volume" albums released from 1995 to 2001.[23]

On 20 April 2013, the entrance theme of wrestler Fandango reached #44 in the UK Singles Chart,[24] after briefly being close to the Top 10 in the mid-week charts.[25] Following the NXT Arrival show on 27 February 2014, WWE released singles of eight NXT Superstars created by CF0$,[26] and was followed in May by the music video and single of Tyler Breeze.[27]

Album releases[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Album Tracks Release date Notes
The Wrestling Album 10 November 1985
Piledriver - The Wrestling Album 2 10 September 21, 1987
WrestleMania: The Album 10 1993
WWF Full Metal 14 September 24, 1996
WWF The Music, Vol. 2 15 November 18, 1997
WWF We Gotta Wrestle 15 1997 This was the first WWF album released outside of the United States.
WWF The Music, Vol. 3 14 November 29, 1998
WWF The Music, Vol. 4 14 November 2, 1999
WWF Aggression 13 March 21, 2000 The first WWF album featuring a collaboration of commercial artists performing themes.
WWF The Music, Vol. 5 14 February 20, 2001
WWF Forceable Entry 18 March 26, 2002 This was the last album sold under the WWF banner.
WWE Anthology 86 November 12, 2002 The CD consists of 3 discs titled, The Federation Years, The Attitude Era, and Now!.
WWE Originals 17 January 13, 2004 Album recorded by various WWE superstars and divas.
WWE ThemeAddict: The Music, Vol. 6 16 November 16, 2004 The CD was released with a bonus DVD which featured the songs set to entrance videos.
WWE Wreckless Intent 15 May 23, 2006 The album is the sequel to WWF Forceable Entry album.
WWE The Music, Vol. 7 21 March 16, 2007
RAW Greatest Hits: The Music 19 December 18, 2007
WWE The Music, Vol. 8 14 March 25, 2008 (US)
March 24, 2008 (UK)
Voices: WWE The Music, Vol. 9 13 January 24, 2009 (Australia)
January 27, 2009 (US)
April 13, 2009 (UK)
WWE The Music: A New Day, Vol. 10 14 January 28, 2010 .
Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Entrance Music EP 4 June 13, 2011
Hall of Fame 2012 - The Music 16 March 25, 2012
WWE The Music: The Beginning 80 July 16, 2012
WrestleMania - The Music 2013 23 April 1, 2013
SummerSlam - The Music 2013 20 August 16, 2013
The Federation Era 23 April 1, 2014
The Music of WCW 57 April 1, 2014
WrestleMania - The Music 2014 62 April 7, 2014

Single-artist albums[edit]

Album Tracks Release Date Notes
Neurotica
(Neurotica)
11 June 25, 2002[11] First single-artist album from WWE Music Group.
You Can't See Me
(John Cena & Tha Trademarc)
17 May 10, 2005 (US)
May 30, 2005 (UK)
¡Quiero Vivir!
(Lilian Garcia)
12 October 9, 2007 Released through Universal Music Latino and WWE.
A Jingle with Jillian
(Jillian Hall)
7 December 11, 2007

Soundtrack albums[edit]

Album Tracks Release Date Notes
Legendary (Music From the Motion Picture)
(James Alan Johnston & Various Artists)
26 September 28, 2010
Knucklehead (Music From the Motion Picture)
(James Alan Johnston and various artists)
26 November 2, 2010
The Chaperone (Music From the Motion Picture)
(James Alan Johnston and various artists)
21 February 18, 2011
Inside Out (Music From the Motion Picture)
(James Alan Johnston and various artists)
22 September 8, 2011
The Reunion (Music From the Motion Picture)
(Jim Johnston and various artists)
31 October 20, 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Ali, Reyan (3 April 2013). "The Man Who Writes WWE Wrestlers' Theme Music Is a James Taylor Fan". The Atlantic. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Biogtaphy: John Alicastro & Mike Lauri". Wind-up Records. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Basham, David (5 April 2002). "Got Charts? Wrestling With WWF LPs". MTV. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "WWE Entertainment and Top Hip-Hop Artists Team Up For Aggression: 13 rap versions of the official WWE Superstar themes". WWE Official Website (Corporate). 16 March 2000. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "SmackDown! Records: WWE Entertainment Launches New Record Label with Ron McCarrell Named President". WWE Official Website (Corporate). 10 October 2000. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
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  10. ^ "SmackDown! Records Announces The Signing of Neurotica and The Release of New Album". WWE Official Website (Corporate). 16 July 2001. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Taylor, Jason D. (25 June 2002). "Neurotica - Neutorica". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "WWF Forceable Entry Debuts At no.3 On Billboard Top 200". Business Wire. April 4, 2002. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  13. ^ "Hard Rockers Square Off On 'WWF Forced Entry'". Billboard. 8 February 2002. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Rock's Hottest Stars Get Down & Dirty on WWF Forceable Entry CD Featuring Creed, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Drowning Pool, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Sevendust, Saliva, & Others". Sony Columbia. 4 March 2002. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
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  17. ^ "WWE enters the ring with music venture". New Zealand Herald. 27 March 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  18. ^ High, Kamau (15 June 2008). "Music a key element in WWE brand profile". Reuters. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  19. ^ Hoffman, Brett (31 May 2006). "Wreckless Intent debuts in Top 10". WWE Official Website. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  20. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (6 June 2006). "Wreckless Intent - Silly title, good CD". Slam Sports. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "WWE and Universal Music Latino relese Lilian Garcia's "Quiero Vivir"". WWE Official Website (Corporate). 24 September 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Dee, Louis (3 April 2007). "iTunes and WWE team up again". WWE Official Website. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  23. ^ ""WWE: The Music, The Beginning" released digitally". WWE Official Website. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "WWE - Chachalala (Fandango)". Official Charts Company. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Fandango’s catchy entrance music shoots up the iTunes charts". WWE Official Website. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "The music of WWE NXT". WWE Official Website. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  27. ^ Rueter, Sean (6 June 2014). "Tyler Breeze world premiere music video from WWE NXT (June 5, 2014)". CageSide Seats. Retrieved 8 July 2014.