|Birth name||松浦 勝人 (Matsuura Masato?)|
October 1, 1964 |
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
|Occupation(s)||Talent manager, record producer, songwriter, music executive, radio personality|
Masato Matsuura (松浦 勝人 Matsuura Masato?, born October 1, 1964 in Yokohama, Japan), better known as Max Matsuura (松浦 マックス Matsuura Makkusu?), is a Japanese record producer and president of one of the largest music labels Avex Group. He is known mainly for discovering and developing new artists into stars (most notably Ayumi Hamasaki), as well as for reviving Ami Suzuki's career after she was released by her previous record label.
In 2003, he married Aki Hatada, a former gravure idol.
His weekly radio program, Max Matsuura Work, Work, Play for Fun! (max matsuura 仕事が遊びで遊びが仕事?), started on September 5, 2009, and it is broadcast every Sunday, 1:00-1:30 AM, on Nippon Broadcasting System.
In 2004, Matsuura was the subject of some controversy when he considered leaving Avex Music Group due to a feud with Tom Yoda. Many artists, including Ayumi Hamasaki, said that they would also move in the event that he did so. Thus, stocks for Avex Trax plunged and Yoda ended up resigning, ending the feud.
In March 2009, Matsuura helped Tetsuya Komuro in the latter's fraud case. Matsuura paid the plaintiff ¥648,000,000 (¥500,000,000 for the exact amount, ¥100,000,000 for compensations and ¥48,000,000 for delay damages).
- Nippon Broadcasting System - Max Matsuura Work, Work, Play for Fun!
- Max Matsuura Work, Work, Play for Fun!
- Japan Entertainment News - August 2004: Avex Founder Steps Down (2004.8.1)/Avex in Chaos (2004.8.3)/A Twist in Avex Group (2004.8.4)
- Avex Group (Japanese Wikipedia)
- TokyoHive - avex CEO Max Matsuura closes Twitter account due to JYJ fans?
- Personal website (Japanese)
- Max Matsuura at mixi
- Max Matsuura at Ameba Blog
- Max Matsuura on Twitter (TEMPORARILY CLOSED SINCE 2011.7.17)