King Records (Japan)
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King Records Co., Ltd. (キングレコード株式会社 Kingu Rekōdo Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese record company founded in January 1931 as a division of the Japanese publisher Kodansha. It initially began operating as an independent entity in the 1950s. It later became part of the Otowa Group. Today, King Records is one of Japan's largest record companies which is owned by a multinational entity. The headquarters are in Bunkyo, Tokyo.
Its Starchild label, managed by animation producer Toshimichi Ōtsuki, specialises in anime music and film. King Records also distributes the Up-Front Works–owned and –operated labels Piccolo Town and Rice Music, and also released video games for the PC-88, Famicom, and MSX2 computers. On February 1, 2016, King Records restructured Starchild and renamed it King Amusement Creative.
Paddle Wheel Records is a division of King Record Co.
You! Be Cool is the official sub-label for AKB48.
Venus-B is the company's official urban music imprint.
Nexus is the label's division especialized for metal/underground music from Japan also overseas. Notable artists in it label are Earthshaker, etc.
Seven Seas is the label's division focusing world music from overseas artists in many genre.
- Stomu Yamashta
- Matenrou Opera
- Kana Uemura
- Takeshi Terauchi
- Miho Nakayama
- Hiroko Moriguchi
- AKB48 (You, Be Cool!)
- Tomomi Itano
- Atsuko Maeda
- Miss Monochrome
- Aice5 (Evil Line)
- Earphones (Evil Line)
- Hypnosis Mic (Evil Line)
- Momoiro Clover Z (Evil Line, formerly Starchild)
- Meg (Evil Line)
- Theatre Brook
- Haruka Fukuhara
- Sawa (Bellwood)
- Park Junyoung
- Jan Linton (as dr jan guru) "Planet Japan"
- Rock A Japonica (Evil Line)
- Senri Kawaguchi
- Block B
- Nana Mizuki
- Mamoru Miyano
- Suneohair (King Amusement Creative)
- Ryoko Shiraishi (King Amusement Creative)
- angela (King Amusement Creative)
- Ai Nonaka (King Amusement Creative)
- Yoko Takahashi (King Amusement Creative)
- Soichiro Hoshi (King Amusement Creative)
- Sumire Uesaka (King Amusement Creative)
- Inori Minase (King Amusement Creative)
- Shouta Aoi (King Amusement Creative)
- Yui Ogura (King Amusement Creative)
- Satomi Sato (King Amusement Creative)
- Yuuma Uchida (King Amusement Creative)
- Yui Horie (King Amusement Creative)
- Niji no Conquistador (King Amusement Creative)
- B2takes! (King Amusement Creative)
- Alice Nine (2005-2010; to Tokuma Japan Communications)
- CHAGE and ASKA (1985-1999; to Toshiba EMI)
- Eri Kitamura (2011-2016; to TMS Music)
- Masumi Asano
- Mikako Komatsu (2012-2016; to Toy's Factory)
- Megumi Hayashibara (1991-2019; freelance)
- Masami Okui (1993-2004; to Geneon until 2011 when she signed with Lantis)
- Minori Chihara (2004)
- Neko Jump (2006-2011; Former oversea partner of Kamikaze)
- Sound Horizon to Pony Canyon
- the pillows (1994-2006; to avex trax)
- the GazettE (2005-2010; to Sony Music Japan)
- TWO-MIX (1995-1998; to Warner Music Japan)
- Yui Sakakibara to 5pb. Records
- Yukari Tamura
- Yuko Ogura
Starchild, the former label under King Records
- "Starchild Label Restructured as King Amusement Creative". Anime News Network. January 30, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
- "New York Unit – Now's the Time" (CD liner notes). Paddle Wheel Records. KICJ 108.