WEA International Inc.

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Former umbrella record company for local WEA branches outside of the U.S.; predecessor of Warner Music International resp. Warner Music International Inc.. It is usually mentioned as an international (outside the US) copyright holder for releases on various Warner Music Group labels. The name is still seen on some recent releases from Warner Music Group (mostly from labels grouped under Atlantic Records Group division), but is going to be deprecated.
The company was founded by Nesuhi Ertegun and Phil Rose on August 25, 1970 under the name Kinney Record Group International. The legal entity 'WEA International Inc.' was incorporated in 1975.
Sometimes printed as:
. WEA Int. Inc.
· WEA Int'l Inc.
· WEA International Inc
· WEA International, Inc.

Please determine the correct label based on the logos depicted on the release:
For releases with various designs of the WEA logo, use the corresponding brands WEA, WEA Records, Wea Music or Wea International.
Warner Bros. Records and 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 WEA Records Ltd. or WEA Music Of Canada, Ltd. may be added to the company field section.

1970 Warner Bros. Records operations established in the UK (1972 named WEA Records Ltd.), Canada (1972 WEA Music Of Canada, Ltd.), Australia (later WEA Records Pty. Limited) and Japan (with Pioneer Electronics Corp. as Warner Bros.-Pioneer Corporation, later Warner-Pioneer Corporation and WEA Music K.K.).
1971 Companies established in Germany (1973 WEA Musik GmbH) and France (1972 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.
1972 On October 1, US monopoly laws change and the company name becomes WEA Records. The company opens in New Zealand (WEA Records Limited).
1975 Affiliates/companies opened in the Netherlands (WEA Records B.V.), Italy (WEA Italiana S.p.A.) and South Africa (WEA Records (Pty) Ltd.). The company is incorporated in the US as 'WEA International Inc.' in Delaware on 21 February; branches incorporated in California and New York on 17 March.
1976 Company established in Brazil WEA Discos Ltda..
1977 Company opens in Belgium (WEA Records SA / NV).
1978 Affiliates established in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Austria.
1979 Companies open in Sweden and Greece.
1980 Company opens in Mexico. Affiliate established in Ireland.
1982 Spain division opens.
1984 Company opens in Argentina.
1985 Company in Switzerland is established.
1986 Affiliate opens in Portugal. Withdrawal from South Africa.
1987 US-based company WEA Latina opens.
1988 Wea International acquires TELDEC »Telefunken-Decca« Schallplatten GmbH and Magnet Records Ltd. (both were passed to EastWest label group, excluding TELDEC »Telefunken-Decca« Schallplatten GmbH's classical music operations, which were transferred to Teldec Classics International GmbH). Eventually. the company enters into agreements with the French classical music company Erato Disques S.A. and a joint venture with the independent UK based ZTT Records Ltd..
1989 The company acquires CGD Messaggerie Musicali S.p.A. in Italy and MMG Inc. in Japan (which were also passed to EastWest label group). Warner-Pioneer venture in Japan becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of WEA International. Affiliates were created in Denmark, Finland and Korea.
1990 French label Carrere Disques (Carrere records) were acquired, without catalog rights, which continued to belong to Carrere family, now being split off into various other companies. Wea International changes name to Warner Music International. All affiliate companies followed and changed the name to "Warner Music (Country name)" (e.g. Warner Music France, Warner Music UK etc.).

Parent Label:Warner Music Group
Sublabels:Associates, Lyt Og Læs, Midi, Producciones WEA, S.A. de C.V., Red Dot Records, Top Sail Productions, WEA (3), WEA De Venezuela, S.A., WEA Discos Ltda., Wea Discos S.r.l., ...
Contact Info:

WEA International Inc.
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Tel: #1-212-275-1300


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