Umbrella record company for local WEA branches outside of the U.S. It is usually mentioned as the copyright holder for releases on various Warner Music Group labels. The company that operates today as Warner Music International was founded by Nesuhi Ertegun and Phil Rose on August 25, 1970.
Sometimes printed as:
· WEA Int.
· WEA Int'l Inc.
· WEA International, Inc.
. WEA Int. Inc.
1970 Warner Bros. Records operations established in the UK (later named WEA Records Ltd.), Canada (later WEA Music Of Canada Ltd.), Australia (later WEA Records Pty. Limited) and Japan (later WEA Music K.K.).
1971 Companies established in Germany (later WEA Musik GmbH) and France (later 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. 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.). Company renames in US as WEA International, Inc.
1976 Company established in Brazil.
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 and Magnet Records Ltd.. Company enters into an agreement with French classical label Erato Disques and a joint venture with independent UK based ZTT Records.
1989 Company acquires CGD Messaggerie Musicali SpA (CGD Records) in Italy and MMG Records in Japan. Affiliates created in Denmark, Finland and Korea.
1990 French label Carrere Disques (Carrere records) acquired. WEA International changes name to Warner Music International. All affiliate companies followed and changed the name into "Warner Music Country" (e.g. Warner Music France, Warner Music UK etc.).