The company's deal to license Egrem, the island's largest music catalog, was the culmination of two years of diplomacy and secret meetings.

Long before President Obama hinted at thawing diplomatic ­relations between the United States and Cuba, Sony Music had its sights set on the island -- more specifically, its largest music ­catalog. On Sept. 15, the company revealed it had signed a multiyear global licensing deal for the entire Egrem catalog, comprising some 30,000 tracks dating back to 1964.

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