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READER ALERT: For all the latest wrestling happenings, check out our News & Rumours section.

WWF launches own record label



WWF stars have already infiltrated movies, politics and TV. Next up? The music biz.

The Federation is launching Smackdown! Records, a new label that will makes its debut with a rock and rap compilation of musicians covering songs the WWF uses to introduce its stars during wrestling matches, Billboard reports.

Cypress Hill, Distributed and Union Underground are already connected to the album. Koch will distribute the first release in early 2001.

Smackdown! will be run out of WWF headquarters in Stamford, Conn., by (incongruously) the ex-VP of marketing for new age label Windham Hill, Ron McCarrell.

The label plans to release two or three titles every year. McCarrell told Billboard that those will include compilations of songs performed at live WWF events, as well as albums by up-and-coming rock acts.

The artists released on Smackdown! will also be promoted through WWF TV events, two fan magazines, and MTV's "WWF Heat".

-- JAM! Music