In 1989, Disney decided that they wanted to get into the record industry. However, instead of buying an existing label, they decided to start from scratch. And with great fanfare, Disney launched Hollywood Records.
Unfortunately, Hollywood Records was a big bust. The first three dozen artists signed to the label didn’t have a single hit between them. But it gets better: Hollywood had a chance to sign the Smashing Pumpkins but they turned them down, figuring that the band just didn’t have any real potential. Maybe they should have learned from their first experience.
Hollywood Records was offered—and rejected—some band from the Pacific Northwest called Nirvana.
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