Defstar Records

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Defstar Records
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Parent company Warner Music Japan (1997–2000)
Sony Music Entertainment Japan (2000–2014)
Founded 1997 (as T Project)
2000 (as Defstar Records)
Founder Takashi Yoshida (吉田 敬, Yoshida Takashi)
Defunct 2015 (acquired by SME Records)
Genre Rock, pop
Country of origin Japan
Official website Official website

Defstar Records, Inc. (株式会社デフスターレコーズ, Kabushiki-gaisha Defusutā Rekōzu, stylized as DefSTAR Records) was a Japanese record label, a subsidiary of Sony Music Japan.[1]

History[2][edit]

  • 1997 – Takashi Yoshida, the president of Warner Music Japan, founded the label as T Project (Tプロジェクト, T Purojiekuto).
  • 2000 – Yoshida transferred to Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and he brought the T Project catalog. He renamed it DefSTAR Records.
  • 2001 – DefSTAR Records becomes a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. Yoshida becomes its manager.
  • 2003 – Yoshida returned to Warner Music Japan, but did not try to reclaim his label. Instead, he focused on restructuring his first company.
  • 2014 - Defstar Records, Inc. is merged with the six other labels of Sony Music Japan to form Sony Music Labels Inc.[3] and DefSTAR becomes one of labels of Sony Music Labels.
  • 2015 - DefSTAR is absorbed into SME Records.

Artists[edit]

Defstar Records' artists include: Aimer, Amoyamo, Chemistry, Mariko Gotō, Chiaki Kuriyama, Shion Tsuji, Ken Hirai, GARNiDELiA, Hirakawachi 1-chome, Beat Crusaders, Kylee, Kanon Wakeshima, Tomoko Kawase, ROOKiEZ is PUNK'd, FLiP, universe, Long Shot Party, On/Off, Lil'B, Sowelu, Pe'zmoku, The Harris and Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku. AKB48 used to release products under Defstar, before moving to King Records[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile of DefSTAR Records" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Takashi Yoshida:A Special Report" (in Japanese). Musicman Net. Archived from the original on 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  3. ^ Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. Corporate History
  4. ^ "List of Artists from DefSTAR Records" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-12-22. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 

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