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WWE Music Group
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Parent company World Wrestling Entertainment
Founded 1985
Distributor(s) Sony Music Entertainment

WWE Music Group, (formerly known as WWE Records, as well as SmackDown! Records[1]), is a record label funded and operated by World Wrestling Entertainment. It is manufactured and co-marketed by Columbia Records and distributed by Sony BMG. The label specializes in compilation albums of the WWE wrestlers' entrance themes, often by contributing, but also releases titles that have been actually performed by the wrestlers themselves, including the various-artists album WWE Originals and John Cena's You Can't See Me.

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

The series of World Wrestling Federation (WWF) produced albums began in 1985 with The Wrestling Album.[2] The album contained the song, "Land of a Thousand Dances", recorded by a majority of the WWF roster at the time (including Roddy Piper, Jesse Ventura, and Randy Savage). The locker room would later reconvene for the song's music video.[2]

Later in 1993, WrestleMania: The Album was released, but it failed to chart on the Billboard 200. By 2002, however, it had sold a total of 91,000 copies.[2]

Format change and successEdit

The format of the wrestling albums changed in 1996, as the focus went from the wrestlers themselves singing to a compilation of various wrestlers' entrance themes.[2] WWF Full Metal was the first album released with the new focus.[2] In October, the album reached #184 on the Billboard 200 and by 2002, had sold 173,000 copies.[2] This new format proved to be a success. The follow-up album, WWF The Music, Vol. 2, which was released two years later, spent sixteen weeks on the chart and sold over 480,000 copies.[2]

WWF The Music, Vol. 3 and WWF The Music, Vol. 4, released in December 1998 and October 1999 respectively, each sold over a million copies.[2] In particular, Vol. 3 reached #10 on the Billboard 200, spent thirty weeks on the chart, and sold over 1.21 million copies.[2] The album reached position #4 in its debut week, stayed on the charts for twenty weeks, and sold over 1.13 million copies.[2]

WWF Aggression featured rappers such as Snoop Dogg, ODB, Method Man, and Kool Keith, all of whom recorded rap versions of various wrestlers' entrance themes.[2] This album differed from previous albums, which were more along the lines of rock music.[2] Despite the change, the album still sold approximately 640,000 copies.[2]

In February 2001, WWF The Music, Vol. 5 debuted on the Billboard 200 at position #2, spending two weeks in the top twenty and selling 176,000 copies.[2] The album featured an original song by The Rock.[2] By 2002, Vol. 5 had sold 640,000 copies.[2] In September 2001, the WWF Tough Enough album sold 138,000 copies.[2]

In 2002, WWF Forceable Entry sold 145,000 copies in its first week to enter the Billboard 200 at position #3.[2][3] It was the fourth consecutive WWF album to debut in the top ten of the Billboard 200.[3] Forceable Entry also debuted on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart.[3] The album including music from Creed, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Drowning Pool, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Sevendust, and Saliva.[3] Around this time the label signed their first act, the heavy metal band Neurotica, who released their third album on the label - the only non-wrestling related album released on the label so far - before disbanding.[4]

As of March 2006, WWE officially announced the launching of the "WWE Music Group" under the management of Neil Lawi.[5]

List of albums producedEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

Album Tracks Release Date Notes
The Wrestling Album 10 November 1985
Piledriver - The Wrestling Album 2 10 September 21, 1987
WrestleMania: The Album 10 1993
WWF Full Metal 14 September 24, 1996 (US)
WWF The Music, Vol. 2 15 November 18, 1997 (US)
WWF We Gotta Wrestle 15 1997 This is the first WWF album released outside of the United States.
WWF The Music, Vol. 3 14 November 29, 1998 (US) This is the first WWF album bearing the scratch logo.
WWF The Music, Vol. 4 14 November 2, 1999 (US) There are two easter eggs in "Know Your Role". The first is around 1:29 where The Rock says "The Rock says he's gonna take your little CD, dust it off, turn it sideways and stick it straight up your candy ass!" The second is around 3:00 where The Rock sings "Smackdown Hotel". Both are references to The Rock's character and his famous banter.
WWF Aggression 13 March 21, 2000 (US) This was the first WWF/WWE album featuring a collaboration of commercial artists performing themes, an idea that continued two years later with WWF Forceable Entry featuring hard rock artists and again with WWE Wreckless Intent featuring both rap and rock artists.
WWF The Music, Vol. 5 14 February 20, 2001 (US) The album received mostly negative reviews from critics.
WWF Forceable Entry 19 March 26, 2002 (Canada)
March 26, 2002 (US)
This was the last album sold under the WWF name (the company changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment about a month later).
WWE Anthology 86 November 12, 2002 (US) The CD consists of 3 discs titled, The Federation Years, The Attitude Era, and Now!, and contains 86 songs in total.
WWE Originals 17 January 13, 2004 (US) Album recorded by various World Wrestling Entertainment superstars and divas.
WWE ThemeAddict: The Music, Vol. 6 16 November 16, 2004 (US) The CD was released with a bonus DVD which featured the songs set to entrance videos.
WWE Wreckless Intent 15 May 23, 2006 (US) The album is the sequel to the previously released WWF Forceable Entry album.
WWE The Music, Vol. 7 21 March 16, 2007 (US) Exclusively at iTunes.
RAW Greatest Hits: The Music 19 December 18, 2007 (US) As the album's cover may suggest, it features theme-music of Raw roster-members of the time - as well as those of the past.
WWE The Music, Vol. 8 14 March 25, 2008 (US)
March 24, 2008 (UK)
Unlike its predecessor, which was released exclusively on iTunes, Volume 8 was sold as a CD (much like other WWE music albums) in addition to being offered on iTunes.
Voices: WWE The Music, Vol. 9 13 January 24, 2009 (Australia)
January 27, 2009 (US)
April 13, 2009 (UK)
A two-disc, deluxe edition of Vol. 9 is available exclusively at Best Buy stores which includes the Legends of WWE CD featuring 9 tracks.
WWE The Music: A New Day, Vol. 10 14 January 28, 2010 (France)
January 28, 2010 (US)
January 28, 2010 (Germany)
January 28, 2010 (UK)
Unlike previous albums in the series, the album was released both in CD-R and digital download forms exclusively at Amazon.

Single-artist albumsEdit

Album Tracks Release Date Notes
You Can't See Me
(John Cena feat. Tha Trademarc)
17 May 10, 2005 (US)
May 30, 2005 (UK)
First single-artist album from WWE Music Group.
A Jingle with Jillian
(Jillian Hall)
7 December 11, 2007 Exclusively at iTunes.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). "SMACKDOWN! RECORDS". USPTO. http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=h993dt.2.1. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 David Basham (April 5, 2002). "Got Charts? Wrestling With WWF LPs". MTV.com. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1453281/20020405/dion_celine.jhtml?headlines=true. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "WWF Forceable Entry Debuts At no.3 On Billboard Top 200". Business Wire. April 4, 2002. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2002_April_4/ai_84412270. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  4. Rivadavia, Eduardo "[[[:Template:Allmusic]] Neurotica Biography]", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  5. "WWE Corporate". WWE. March 27, 2006. http://corporate.wwe.com/news/2006/2006_03_27.jsp. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 

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