|Founded||1977 (as Canary Records)|
1978 (as OctoArts International)
1995 (as Octo-Arts-EMI Philippines)
2002 (as EMI Philippines)
2009 (as PolyEast Records)
Ton Ton Jose
PolyEast Entertainment Group
PolyEast Records (formerly EMI Philippines) is a record label in the Philippines. It is a member of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry and from 2008 until 2013, the international licensee of EMI.
It was inaugurated in 1977 as Canary Records by Orly Ilacad after resigning from Vicor Music due to a major conflict with then co-owner Vic Del Rosario. It became OctoArts International in 1978. It was the first record company that introduced Minus One in the market.
The label's prior international releases were distributed by Dyna Records under the name Dyna EMI until 1995, when it began a distribution deal with EMI & became OctoArts EMI. In 2002, after a series of restructure, it became EMI Philippines.
In 1997 Octoarts was also at its top peak when it introduced its top female pioneering artist Jessa Zaragoza, for her first album entitled "Just Can't Help Feelin" her famous single rose her to popularity distributing the song "Bakit Pa" and also released a film with the same title two years later with Octoarts Films and GMA Films which also led Jessa to finish her last final albums with Octoarts "Phenomenal" (1999) and "Siya Ba Ang Dahilan" (Is She The Reason?) (2000) and also released a compilation entitled The Best Of Jessa Zaragoza before she moved to top pioneering Filipino recording company Star Records.
The PolyEast Records label initially started as a sublabel of PolyGram Philippines (later became part of Universal Music Philippines) until it was eventually bought by EMI Philippines. It continued being an imprint of the label until 2008, after EMI withdrew from the South-East Asian market, it became simply PolyEast Records as a joint venture between EMI itself and Piper Paper Corporation.