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WEA International Inc.


Umbrella record company for local WEA branches outside of the U.S. It is usually mentioned as the copyright holder for releases on various [l=Warner Music Group] labels. The company that operates today as Warner Music International was founded by [a=Nesuhi Ertegun] and Phil Rose on [b]August 25, 1970[/b]. Please determine the correct label by the logos shown: For releases with various designs of the WEA logo, use the corresponding brands [l=WEA], [l=WEA Records], [l=WEA Music] or [l=WEA International]. [l=Warner Bros. Records] and [l=Atlantic] are among the other labels commonly administered by WEA International Inc. In addition to the label and in accordance with what is printed on the release, company branches such as [l=WEA Records Ltd.] or [l=WEA Music Of Canada] may be added to the company field section. [b]1970[/b] Warner Bros. Records operations established in the UK (later named [l=WEA Records Ltd.]), Canada (later [l=WEA Music of Canada Ltd.]), Australia (later [l=WEA Records PTY Ltd.]) and Japan (later [l=WEA Music K.K.]). [b]1971[/b] Companies established in Germany (later [l=WEA Musik GmbH]) and France (later [l=WEA Filipacchi Music]). In order to comply with US monopoly laws, Warner Bros. Records changes the name of its non-US operations to Kinney Music. [b]1972[/b] On October 1, US monopoly laws change and the company name becomes WEA Records. Company opens in New Zealand ([l=WEA Records Limited]). [b]1975[/b] Companies opened in the Netherlands ([l=WEA Records B.V.]) and Italy ([l=WEA Italiana S.p.A.]). Company renames in US as WEA International, Inc. [b]1976[/b] Company established in Brazil. [b]1977[/b] Company opens in Belgium ([l=WEA Records SA / NV]). [b]1978[/b] Affiliates established in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Austria. [b]1979[/b] Companies open in Sweden and Greece. [b]1980[/b] Company opens in Mexico. Affiliate established in Ireland. [b]1982[/b] Spain division opens. [b]1984[/b] Company opens in Argentina. [b]1985[/b] Company in Switzerland is established. [b]1986[/b] Affiliate opens in Portugal. [b]1987[/b] US-based company WEA Latina opens. [b]1988[/b] WEA International acquires [l=TELDEC] and [l=Magnet Records Ltd.]. Company enters into an agreement with French classical label [l=Erato Disques] and a joint venture with independent UK based [l=ZTT] Records. [b]1989[/b] Company acquires CGD Messaggerie Musicali SpA ([l=CGD Records]) in Italy and MMG Records in Japan. Affiliates created in Denmark, Finland and Korea. [b]1990[/b] French label Carrere Disques ([l=Carrere Records]) acquired. WEA International changes name to [l=Warner Music International]. All affiliate companies followed and changed the name into "Warner Music Country" (e.g. Warner Music France, Warner Music UK etc.).

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