Insatiable fans of professional wrestling will soon have their very own music to smack down by. World Wrestling Federation Entertainment plans to bow its own record label, SmackDown! Records, and will name former BMG Entertainment exec Ron McCarrell as president.
The new label will focus mainly on the hard rock and hip-hop anthems that serve as background music for the Federation’s immensely popular “Smackdown!” show on the Paramount Network Thursday nights.
SmackDown! Records’ first release will be a compilation of tracks from new and established rock bands, produced jointly with Sony Music unit Columbia Records. Other label partnerships will be announced for subsequent releases.
The WWF already has a history of successful music releases on other labels. The Federation’s most recent CD, “Aggression,” was released last spring and debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s Top 100 list, the WWF said.
Disc, put out by Priority Records, included tracks by Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Redman, Mystikal and Ice-T.
The WWF has enjoyed similar success with past releases, including “WWF: The Music,” volumes one through four, which include tracks based on the various theme tunes played as each wrestler enters the ring.
McCarrell was most recently a veep at BMG’s adult-contemporary imprint Windham Hill, where he oversaw marketing operations. Prior to that, McCarrell held exec positions at the House of Blues Music Co. and Sony’s Epic Records.