Warner Music Philippines

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Warner Music Philippines
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Parent companyWarner Music Group (1977–present)
Founded1977 (as WEA Records Philippines)
StatusActive
Distributor(s)Self-distributed (since 1993)
GenreVarious
Country of originPhilippines
Location11/F Ore Central, 31st St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Official websiteWarner Music Philippines on Facebook

Warner Music Philippines (WMP) is a record label in the Philippines. It is a regional branch of the multinational music conglomerate Warner Music Group.

Founded in 1977, the company gained its self-distributed status and has since began releases of several Filipino music artists and bands. The label has been switched to digital-only releases since the 2010s.

History[edit]

WMG, then known as WEA International, established WEA Records Philippines under a distribution/license agreement for 15 years with a local group led by Bella Dy Tan.

In 1992, Warner Music officially set up its own local branch, after its distributor gained its own independent status and became Universal Records. Its initial offices were at the Ma. Daniel Building in Malate, Manila.

WMP has been signed artists throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including Lea Salonga, Side A, Alamid, Barbie's Cradle, David Pomeranz, Nina, Kitchie Nadal, Christian Bautista, Sitti, and Kamikazee.[1] In 2003, WMP transferred its offices to the Wynsum Corporate Plaza in Ortigas Center and then to the UnionBank Plaza in the same district.

In the 2010s, amid the widespread of piracy issues, WMP suffered a decline in revenues.[2] Since then, it began transitioned its catalog of releases to digital-only thru global streaming music platforms like Spotify. It also launched its digital site, PressPlay.ph and by that same period, moved its offices to the EcoTower in Bonifacio Global City.

In 2019, WMP signed new artists and bands like Quest, Leanne & Naara, Keiko Necesario and St. Wolf.[3]

In 2020, WMP signed a new partnership with Cagayan de Oro-based 9K Records, a local label featuring artists from southern parts of the Philippines.[4] The same year, WMP also signed an agreement with the PhilPop Fest Foundation and Smart Communications to host the 2020 edition of the annual PhilPop competition.[5]

In 2021, WMG appointed Sarah Ismail as the new Managing Director of WMP.[6] Also in 2021, WMP signed agreement with Sora Music Group, a local EDM label founded by DJ/producer Jenil, as its sublabel.[7]

In October 2021, Warner Music Philippines launched Global Pinoy Music (GLOPM), an initiative movement to expand Filipino music worldwide in collaboration of OPM artists with international-based Filipino artists and producers.[8]

Associated and affiliated labels[edit]

  • 1st.One Entertainment
  • 9K Records
  • Music Colony Records
  • Rebel Records PH

Artists[edit]

Current[edit]

Sora Music Group
  • Eva Smalls (Canada)
  • Ian Sndrz
  • Katsy Lee
  • LouisVint
  • Janny Medina
  • Jenil

Previous[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nina, Kamikazee lead Warner's OPM hits". Philstar.com. 21 August 2003.
  2. ^ Arceo-Dumlao, Tina (18 March 2014). "Piracy, changing preferences challenge PH music industry". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Warner Music PHL signs new OPM artists". BusinessMirror. 15 December 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  4. ^ Peters, Daniel (11 August 2020). "Warner Music Philippines and Cagayan de Oro label 9K Records ink new partnership". NME. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  5. ^ "COVID-19 or no COVID-19, PhilPop will go on". BusinessWorld. 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ Bonifacio, Mark (30 September 2021). "Warner Music PH gets new director". The Manila Times. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  7. ^ Cavaliere, Patrizio (1 March 2021). "Jenil's 'Guided Light' signals the start of an intriguing alliance with Warner Philippines". Mixmag Asia. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Warner Music Philippines launches Global Pinoy Music". Manila Bulletin. 7 October 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  9. ^ Sallan, Edwin (17 May 2021). "DREAM GIRLS: Five questions with promising girl group, Daydream". BusinessMIrror. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Here's why IV OF SPADES is about to become your new favorite band - Scout Magazine". December 1, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2018.