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PolyEast Records (formerly EMI Philippines) is a record label in the Philippines. It is a member of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry and from 2008 until 2013, the international licensee of EMI.
|Founded||1977 (as Canary Records)|
1978 (as OctoArts International)
1995 (as OctoArts-EMI Philippines)
2002 (as EMI Philippines)
2009 (as PolyEast Records)
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|Subsidiaries||Galaxy Records (Philippines)|
PolyEast Entertainment Group
PolyEast Records was established in 1977 as Canary Records by Orly Ilacad after leaving Vicor Music Corporation due to a major conflict with co-founder and then co-owner Vic del Rosario. Canary Records became OctoArts International in 1978. It was the first record company that introduced "minus one" (music used for karaoke) in the market.
During the 1970s, the releases of EMI Records were distributed in the Philippines by Dyna Records under the name Dyna EMI. In 1995, OctoArts began a distribution deal with EMI and became OctoArts EMI. In 2002, after a series of restructure, it became EMI Philippines.
The PolyEast Records label initially started as a sublabel of PolyGram Philippines (later became part of Universal Music Philippines) until it was eventually acquired by EMI Philippines. It continued being an imprint of the label until 2008 when EMI withdrew from the Southeast Asian market, it became simply PolyEast Records as a joint venture between EMI itself and Piper Paper Corporation.