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King Record Co., Ltd.
Parent companyParent:
TBS (2005 – present)
FoundedJanuary 1931; 93 years ago (January 1931)
Country of originJapan
LocationBunkyo, Tokyo
Official websitecompany.kingrecords.co.jp/en/
King Records head office

King Record Co., Ltd. (キングレコード株式会社, Kingu Rekōdo Kabushiki gaisha),[1] commonly known as King Records, 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 not owned by a multinational entity. The label's headquarters are in Bunkyo, Tokyo.

The label's name is actually based from the now-defunct Kingu magazine published by Kodansha from 1924 to 1957.


Its Starchild label, was managed by animation producer Toshimichi Ōtsuki, specialised 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, Game Boy Advance, and MSX2 platforms. On February 1, 2016, King Records restructured Starchild and renamed it King Amusement Creative.[2]

Paddle Wheel Records is a division of King Record Co.[3]

You! Be Cool was the official sub-label for AKB48.

Venus-B is the company's official urban music imprint.

Evil Line Records is the label's new division, established in April 2014, and comprises artists like Momoiro Clover Z and Meg, among others.[4][5][6]

Nexus is the label's division specialized for metal/underground music from Japan also overseas. Notable artists in it label are Earthshaker, etc.

Seven Seas is the label's division focusing on world music from overseas artists in many genres.

Notable artists[edit]

Former artists[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Starchild, the former label under King Records


  1. ^ "会社情報". Archived from the original on 2022-07-02. Retrieved 2022-07-15.
  2. ^ "Starchild Label Restructured as King Amusement Creative". Anime News Network. January 30, 2016. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "New York Unit – Now's the Time" (CD liner notes). Paddle Wheel Records. KICJ 108.
  4. ^ "Evil Line Records". Archived from the original on 2019-11-02. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  5. ^ "Evil Line Records". Discogs. Archived from the original on 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  6. ^ "Evil Line Records Official Store". Archived from the original on 2019-10-29. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  7. ^ "BOL4 Profile". Archived from the original on 2020-11-02. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  8. ^ "Momoland Profile". Archived from the original on 2020-02-05. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  9. ^ "Block B Profile". Archived from the original on 2020-10-31. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  10. ^ 📝 小倉唯が所属レーベルを日本コロムビアに移籍。第1弾シングルを今冬リリース予定

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