Universal licenses 'Breakout' for Europe

Miley Cyrus album debuted at No. 1 in U.S.

Universal Music Group has licensed Miley Cyrus' U.S. No. 1 album "Breakout" from Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records for distribution in Europe.

The agreement was announced today by executive VP UMG International Max Hole. The 15-year-old pop vocalist and TV star's previous albums as Hannah Montana were distributed by EMI Music in Europe.

"Breakout" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 July 30 with sales of 371,000 and its two-week total in the U.S. is 534,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Promoted as her first album outside the "Hannah Montana" Disney Channel TV show, "Breakout" will be released in Europe by Universal Music and by Polydor Records in the U.K. on Sept 1. It will be preceded by the first single "See You Again" on Aug. 25.

"Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus" and "Hannah Montana" have achieved gold status in the U.K. according to Disney Music Group. The "Best of Both Worlds" live album peaked at No. 69 on the European Hot 100 in May.

"Miley Cyrus as 'Hannah Montana' is already a TV and music superstar around the world; her solo debut is off to a fantastic start in the U.S. and we are thrilled to be working with Disney to build her solo recording career in Europe," says Max Hole in a statement.

Disney Music Group chairman Bob Cavallo adds, "We are delighted to further expand our relationship with Universal with Miley Cyrus. The phenomenon of Hannah Montana has been a fantastic platform to launch Miley's music career. Her ability to craft songs that touch both her fans and her fans' parents is a gift, which will enable her to have a long and successful career."