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 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Al Teller, chairman, MCA Music Entertainment Group, announces that MCA Records celebrated its second straight record-breaking sales year in 1993. For the year, MCA Records posted nearly $450 million in gross domestic sales, making 1993 the best year in the company's history, topping MCA's previous sales record, set in 1992, of nearly $400 million in gross domestic sales.
 Teller says, "This has been an exciting year for MCA, as we have achieved great success across all genres of music with both new artists and established superstars. The company's record-breaking sales figures for both 1992 and 1993 are tributes to the artists and staff of MCA Records and the distribution strength of UNI. This year's results set the stage for an even more successful 1994, both domestically and internationally."
 MCA's record-breaking 1993 sales were hailed by music industry trade publications with several year-end awards. Radio & Records (R&R) named MCA Records the Label of the Year for the third year in a row while citing MCA as 1993's No. 1 Country Label and No. 1 R&B Label, both also for the third year in a row. Black Radio Exclusive (BRE) named MCA Records the Label of the Year for 1993. Billboard, based on 1993 combined album and single sales, named MCA Records the No. 1 Top Country Distributing Label and the No. 1 Top R&B Distributing Label, both for the third consecutive year. MCA was also cited as Billboard's No. 1 Top Country Label, the No. 1 Hot Country Singles & Tracks Label and the No. 1 Hot R&B Singles Label.
 MCA has enjoyed success with superstar artists like Meat Loaf, Elton John, Wynonna, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Shai, Jody Watley, Jodeci and Tom Petty as well as with new and developing acts like Trisha Yearwood, Mark Chesnutt, Mary J. Blige, II D Extreme, Dig and Best Kissers in the World.
 In 1993, MCA celebrated several important milestones in the careers of the label's biggest stars. Meat Loaf roared back to the top of the charts with his quadruple-platinum No. 1 MCA debut album, "Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell," and his platinum No. 1 single, "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)." In 1993, Wynonna's 1992 solo debut "Wynonna" became the first studio album by a female country artist to sell triple platinum, while her current album, "Tell Me Why," has already sold platinum. John followed last year's double-platinum album, "The One," with his highly anticipated new album, "Duets." Gasoline Alley vocal group Shai started the year off with a bang, scoring a platinum, top-10 album, "If I Ever Fall in Love," on the heels of the group's double-platinum debut single, "If I Ever Fall in Love."
 1993 was a banner year for MCA all across the globe. In December, MCA announced a major expansion into the global entertainment arena with the opening, in April 1994, of six new MCA record companies in Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Spain and Sweden. This follows the recent establishment of MCA's highly successful record companies in Germany (MCA Music Entertainment GmbH) and Japan (MCA/Victor Inc.). In September, MCA and the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) renewed their international licensing and distribution agreement for the MCA, Geffen and GRP labels.
 1993 also saw the release of several career-spanning box sets, including "The Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set" (with Hendrix's three studio "Experience" albums plus the greatest hits collection, "The Ultimate Experience") and "Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980" (including every song from each of their seven albums, plus four bonus tracks).
 In 1993, MCA enjoyed several gold and platinum hit singles, led by WRECKX-N-Effect's "Rump Shaker" (double platinum) and Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" (platinum). Gold singles included Bobby Brown's "Good Enough," Jodeci's "Lately" and Shai's "Comforter."
 Throughout 1993, MCA also racked up gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, including a quadruple-platinum album from Meat Loaf ("Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell") and a triple-platinum album from Wynonna ("Wynonna," her 1992 solo debut). Scoring double-platinum were Blige ("What's the 411?"), Brown ("Bobby"), Gill ("I Still Believe in You"), George Strait (the "Pure Country" soundtrack) and McEntire ("Greatest Hits, Vol. 2," "Rumor Has It" and "It's Your Call").
 MCA Records also earned platinum records in 1993 with albums from Wynonna ("Tell Me Why"), Shai ("If I Ever Fall in Love"), Strait ("Easy Come, Easy Go"), WRECKX-N-Effect ("Hard or Smooth"), Yearwood ("Hearts in Armor") and two by McEntire ("Whoever's in New England" and "Reba").
 MCA's tally of gold albums for 1993 included Bell Biv DeVoe's "Hootie Mack," Chesnutt's "Almost Goodbye," Gill's "Let There Be Peace on Earth," Heavy D & the Boyz' "Blue Funk," Lyle Lovett's "Joshua Judges Ruth" and "Pontiac," McEntire's "Merry Christmas to You," Patty Smyth's "Patty Smyth" and Marty Stuart's "This One's Gonna Hurt You."
 MCA also earned gold and platinum awards for videos, scoring platinum with Gill's "I Still Believe in You" and McEntire's "Reba in Concert" and gold with McEntire's "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2."
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