MCA Music (Philippines)

MCA Music Inc. is a Philippine regional branch of the multinational Universal Music Group.[1] The company retains the MCA name on legal purposes because of a trademark dispute with an unrelated label known as Universal Records, which preempted the rights to the word "Universal" for recorded music in the Philippines. However, the company has adopted the moniker "MCA/Universal", just like the US home video unit of Universal Pictures from 1990-1997, to simplify identification, even though no formal "Universal" branding is exercised. Despite the naming, the label is known outside the Philippines as Universal Music Philippines.[2][3]

MCA Music Inc.
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
Founded1993 (as PolyCosmic Records)
1998 (as MCA Music, Inc.)
FounderDr. James G. Dy and Ramon Chuaying
(with PolyGram Music Group)
Genrevarious, specifically OPM
Country of originPhilippines
LocationUnits 3105-3107, 31st Floor, Raffles Corporate Center, F. Ortigas Jr. Road (formerly Emerald Avenue), Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila 1600

MCA Music Inc. also released video karaoke VCDs versions of the label's songs in the Philippines.


PolyCosmic Records was formed in 1993 as a joint venture between PolyGram Music Group (Universal Music Group's predecessor, which has 30% of the company's stocks) and a consortium of local businessmen including Dr. James G. Dy (founding chairman of Dyna Products Inc. (now Dyna Music Entertainment Corporation), which was the local distributor of PolyGram before) and Cosmic Records, another local company founded in 1992 by Ramon Chuaying. Universal Records - which would later be involved in the trademark dispute with this company - had the distribution rights, and Chuaying (who is now an executive at Universal) was the company's first CEO.[4] In 1998, PolyGram N.V. was purchased by Seagram's[5] and was merged into MCA Inc.,[6] and PolyGram Music Group was merged with MCA Music Entertainment to become Universal Music Group.[7][8] After the merger, PolyCosmic Records was reincorporated as MCA Music Inc. (Philippines). In 2006, Ricky Ilacad was named the Managing Director[9] and is currently the CEO.[10]

MCA Music has a partnership with Smart Communications Inc. to make music downloads available to phone users via music service Spinnr.[11]

In 2020, UMG launched Def Jam Philippines and Island Records Philippines.[12][13]

Artists (past and present)Edit

Def Jam PhilippinesEdit

  • J-Nine
  • King Promdi
  • VVS Collective

Island Records PhilippinesEdit

  • Fern.
  • Lala Vinzon
  • One Click Straight
  • Over October
  • Zack Tabudlo

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Reyes, Francis (June 7, 2017). "MCA Music Announces Super Sale on Select Vinyl Records and Imported CDs". Billboard Philippines. Philippines. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "MCA Music". Jazz Near You. Philippines. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  3. ^ Hombach, Jean-Pierre (2012). Elton John. UK. ISBN 9781471611865. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Gorospy, Marc (July 10, 1993). "PolyGram in Philippines Venture". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "Seagram buys PolyGram from Philips for $10.6bn". The Independent. UK. May 21, 1998. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  6. ^ Jeffrey, Don (May 30, 1998). "P'Gram Accepts Seagram Bid". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "Universal Music shake-up". The Times. UK. January 15, 1999.
  8. ^ White, Adam (June 6, 1998). "Key Role Seen For Larsen In 'UniGram'". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Music Maverick Ricky Ilacad Named Managing Director, MCA Music Philippines". Universal Music Group. Hong Kong. April 28, 2006. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Ho, Vanessa (February 14, 2017). "Universal Music Philippines CEO shares upcoming plans for 2017". Music Asia. China. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  11. ^ Desiderio, Louella D. (December 18, 2015). "Smart renews partnership with MCA Music". The Philippine Star. Philippines. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Billboard Staff (May 12, 2020). "UMG Taps Enzo Valdez to Lead Philippines Operations". Billboard. Retrieved Dec 13, 2020.
  13. ^ Paine, Andre (July 24, 2020). "UMG launches Island Records Philippines". Music Week. Retrieved Dec 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "OPM boy band 1:43 releases second album". The Philippine Star. October 7, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  15. ^ Team Orange (June 12, 2018). "MCA Music's Newly Signed Boyband AM/FM Releases First Single "Playtime"". Orange Magazine. Philippines. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  16. ^ Reyes, Francis (February 21, 2017). "Nicole Asensio to Perform in Barcelona This Week". Billboard Philippines. Philippines. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "Nicole debuts as recording artist". Manila Standard. Philippines. December 12, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  18. ^ Villegas, Emmie (February 9, 2017). "ARE YOU A CERTIFIED DARRENATIC?". Billboard Philippines. Philippines. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  19. ^ Reyes, Francis (November 25, 2016). "Malaysian Star Fazura Records Song With AWIT Awards Nominee Jason Dy". Billboard Philippines. Philippines. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  20. ^ "Veronica and I - "Hello Tears"". Billboard Philippines. Aug 24, 2017. Retrieved Aug 28, 2017. The week's almost over, so you deserve to relax! Unwind with MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines)'s newly signed pop duo Veronica and I and their take on CATTSKI's "Hello Tears".
  21. ^ Lastrilla, Gary Ann (July 30, 2017). "Jona Soquite wins The Voice Teens". Philippines. Retrieved July 30, 2017.

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