|East West Records|
|Parent company||Warner Music Group|
|Distributor(s)||Alternative Distribution Alliance|
|Genre||Pop, rock, electronic|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Location||Kensington, London, United Kingdom|
|Official website|| www|
East West Records (stylized as eastwest) is a record label formed in 1955, distributed and owned by Warner Music Group, headquartered in London, United Kingdom.
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