King Records (Japan)

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King Record Co., Ltd.
(King Records)
King Records logo.svg
Parent company Parent:
Kodansha, Ltd. 1931 – present
Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. 1985 – present
Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. 2005 – present
Founded 1931
Status Active
Genre Pop, Rock, Kayōkyoku, Enka, Anime music, Soundtracks
Country of origin Japan
Location Bunkyo, Tokyo
Official website
King Records head office
Japanese King Record's "Tennessee Waltz" (1952) sung by Chiemi Eri

King Record Co., Ltd. (キングレコード株式会社, Kingu Rekōdo Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese record company, founded in 1931 as a division of Japanese publisher Kodansha. It became and began operating as an independent entity in the 1950s, but remains part of the publisher's Otowa Group. Now one of Japan's largest record companies not to be owned by a multinational entity, it is headquartered in 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.[1]

Paddle Wheel Records is a division of King Record Co.[2]

You! Be Cool is 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 on April 2014, and comprises artists like Momoiro Clover Z and Meg, among others.

Notable artists[edit]

Former Artists[edit]


  1. ^ "Starchild Label Restructured as King Amusement Creative". Anime News Network. January 30, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ "New York Unit – Now's the Time" (CD liner notes). Paddle Wheel Records. KICJ 108.

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