Millennium Records

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Millennium Records
FounderJimmy Ienner
Distributor(s)Casablanca Records (1976-1979)
RCA Records (1979-1983)
Country of originUSA

Millennium Records is a defunct record label run by record producer Jimmy Ienner from 1976 to 1983. During its RCA-distributed years, a significant portion of its output was content licensed from Canadian record labels.[1][2][3][4]


The label's best-selling artist was electronic music pioneer Meco, whose disco cover of John Williams' "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" cues from Star Wars was a number 1 hit in 1977.[citation needed] In 1978, Meco followed up with two more movie-inspired hits for the label: a number 25 hit "Theme From Close Encounters" and a number 35 hit "Themes From The Wizard of Oz".[citation needed]

In 1981, Don McLean had three hits on the Millennium label: "Crying" which peaked at number 5; a number 23 song, "Since I Don't Have You" and a number 36 song, "Castles in the Air".[5]

Between 1981 and 1982, the band Franke & the Knockouts had three top 100 hits on Millennium: "Sweetheart" at number 10, "You're My Girl" at number 27, and "Without You" at number 24.[citation needed]

Millennium is noteworthy for having passed on signing Madonna in 1981.[6]



  1. ^ Davis, Clive; DeCurtis, Anthony (February 19, 2013). The Soundtrack of My Life. Simon and Schuster. p. 356. ISBN 9781476714783. Retrieved December 15, 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Romanowski, William (July 28, 2017). Risky Business: Rock in Film. Routledge. ISBN 9781351492843. Retrieved December 15, 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "News Briefs". Stereo Review. CBS Magazines. 48: 76. 1983. Retrieved December 15, 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Christman, Ed (April 26, 2003). "Lenner Ascends at Restructured Sony Music". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 115 (17): 4. Retrieved December 15, 2018 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Chart info from The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 7th Edition - Meco Pg 420 and Don McLean Pg 418"
  6. ^ "8 rejection letters that will inspire you to not give up". BBC. October 9, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2019.

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