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The reissue rights to the MGM film soundtracks were licensed to CBS Special Products in 1982 and were later passed on to MCA Records in 1986, where its releases of roughly 100 of them were the last vinyl LP versions; the rights to the classic MGM film soundtracks now reside with Rhino Records (2) which has been releasing restored and expanded CD versions on its Rhino Movie Music imprint in association with Turner Classic Movies.
The MGM pop and country catalogs are currently managed by The Island/Def Jam Music Group via Polydor, Mercury Records, and Mercury Nashville, respectively.
It launched the Cub subsidiary in 1956 and expanded into jazz by buying Verve Records from its founder Norman Granz in December 1960.
US prefixes: "K": 7" 45 rpm singles, from 1949 until February 1974. "E/SE": Reissues with rechanneled - fake - stereo releases, since 1958 (often using the mono jackets with an attached sticker). Centre label designs: From the 1940s and until 1959, the label was yellow with a black lion logo and black lettering.
Amaret, Coburt Records Inc., Collectors' Series (10), Cub, Flick-Disc, Golden Archive Series (2), Great Children's Stories, Jolly Rogers, Leo The Lion Records, Lion Records (4), Lionel Records (2), Metro Records, MGM Celebrity Series, MGM Golden Circle, MGM Latino Series, MGM Records Division, MGM South Records, MGM Special, MGM-D-100 Series, New Sound Series!
, Pride, Request Series (2), Sounds Of Memphis 1972-1976: MGM Records, Inc. 90046 (long inactive) Polydor: Manufactured And Marketed By Polydor Incorporated 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, N.
By the late 1960s, the label was beginning to experience many internal and sales problems (the studio's unrealistic sales goals for the label in spite of large numbers of unsold LPs winding up in the cut-out bins; the colossal failure of the Alan Lorber-created 1968-69 "Bosstown Sound" marketing campaign; contracutal problems with unsuccessful producers; MGM's habitual censoring of music, sitting on finished masters and releasing albums without artist approval didn't help matters).
MGM Records president Mike Curb infamously dropped eighteen poor-selling acts from the label, citing pro-drug lyrics in their music.