Giant Records (Warner)

Giant Records was launched in 1990 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. Records and record executive Irving Azoff.

In 1990, Giant became a subsidiary label for Warner Music Group. Its first release, in early 1991, was the Gulf War all-star tribute song "Voices That Care," assembled by producer David Foster. That spring, "Hold You Tight" by Tara Kemp was released and went on to become a Top 5 single. In the months that followed, Giant Records released the soundtrack album for the film New Jack City, selling 16 million copies worldwide. The label signed such acts as MC Hammer, Jade, Lord Finesse, and teen pop star Jeremy Jordan. Giant also signed established acts such as Big Car, Miles Zuniga, Steely Dan, Warren Zevon, Oingo Boingo, Chicago, Deep Purple, Morbid Angel, Brian Wilson, and Kenny Rogers. The label also operated a country music division in Nashville; the first act signed was Dennis Robbins.[1]

In 1993, Giant became dissatisfied with Warner Music Group's practice of international affairs, so it made a deal with BMG to distribute its recordings outside the U.S. By the mid- to late 1990s, the company had replaced most of its staff and launched a subsidiary label called Revolution Records; Brian Wilson signed with the new label in 1997.[2]

The company later reverted to its original name and distributed Paladin Records, which included singer-songwriter Steve Forbert. In 2001, Warner Music Group ended its joint venture with Giant, which was absorbed into Warner Bros. Records.

In February 2015, Warner Music Sweden announced that it would reactivate Giant's name; the first single released under the new Giant Records banner was Simon Erics's "Waiting for the Sun."[3]

Giant Records
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Parent companyWarner Music Group
Founded1990
FounderIrving Azoff
Distributor(s)Warner Bros. Records
Rhino Entertainment
(re-issues)
GenreVarious
Country of originU.S., Sweden
Official websitewww.giantrecords.se

Giant Records recording artists

  • Artists on Giant Records were primarily distributed by Warner Bros. Records. Giant recording artists marked with (#) were distributed by Reprise Records.

See also

References

  1. ^ International who's who in popular music. p. 433.
  2. ^ Newman, Melinda (November 29, 1997). "New Managers for Madonna, Beach Boy Wilson Heads to Revolution". Billboard. p. 12. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Warner revives Giant as singles label in Sweden - Music Business Worldwide". musicbusinessworldwide.com. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

External links

Cousin Dupree

"Cousin Dupree" is the first single from Steely Dan's 2000 album Two Against Nature. The song describes the desire a young man (Dupree) has for his attractive cousin. In 2001, the song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

In July 2006, Steely Dan posted a humorous letter on their website, saying that the title of Owen Wilson's film You, Me, and Dupree, is stolen from their song. The film is about a house guest who overstays his welcome; the song's title character is a slacker who is sleeping on his aunt's couch. Owen Wilson defended himself in similarly deadpan comic fashion, stating "I have never heard the song 'Cousin Dupree' and I don't even know who this gentleman, Mr. Steely Dan, is. I hope this helps to clear things up and I can get back to concentrating on my new movie, 'HEY 19.'"

Hindu Love Gods (band)

Hindu Love Gods was an American rock band that was, in essence, an occasional side project of members of R.E.M., with (at various times) Warren Zevon and Bryan Cook.

If Only My Heart Had a Voice

If Only My Heart Had A Voice is the twenty-fifth studio album by country music superstar Kenny Rogers. It was Rogers' first album released on the Giant Records label. However, Rogers had been signed with its parent company, WEA, since 1989. The album was Rogers' first since 1976 not to chart. The album includes the singles "Missing You", "Ol' Red" and "Wanderin' Man".

Mutineer (album)

Mutineer is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on May 23, 1995, by Giant.

Terry McMillan (musician)

Terry Lee McMillan (October 12, 1953 in Lexington, North Carolina – February 2, 2007) was an American country musician who played harmonica and percussion. In 1973, he became a member of Eddy Raven's band in Nashville, and worked with Raven until 1974. He then started working with Chet Atkins playing harmonica with his touring show. Later, he toured with Jerry Reed and Jeannie C. Riley before becoming a very in-demand session musician. In the 1970s, he appeared on many albums including the recordings of Mickey Newbury and Gary Stewart.

The Earth Is ...

The Earth Is ... is the 11th studio album by Australian soft rock band Air Supply released in 1991 and their first for Giant Records. The album was their comeback after having a break from producing music. The album didn't peak at American charts, but it produced a worldwide tour in which the band focused on Asian countries, which gave them enormous popularity in Asia. The interpretation of "Without You" reached #48 on US adult contemporary charts. "Dame Amor" is the first song by the band recorded in Spanish.

The Game (Disturbed song)

"The Game" is a song by the American heavy metal band Disturbed. The song was released on the band's debut album The Sickness and has remained a live staple since. The song is playable on Rock Band and was featured in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge.

Two Against Nature

Two Against Nature is the eighth studio album by Steely Dan. The album was released on February 29, 2000, by Giant Records. The album won the group four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. It marked the first Steely Dan studio album in 20 years, following 1980's Gaucho. It has been certified platinum in the United States.

Two Against Nature marked Steely Dan's first studio album for Warner Bros. Records – through a sub-label, Giant Records. The group's leaders, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, accepted all four Grammys the album won, including Album of the Year.

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