King Record Co., Ltd. (キングレコード株式会社, Kingu Rekōdo Kabushiki gaisha), 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.
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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, 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 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.
- Stomu Yamashta
- Matenrou Opera
- Kana Uemura
- Diedrich Hartmann
- Takeshi Terauchi
- Miho Nakayama
- Hiroko Moriguchi
- AKB48 (You, Be Cool!)
- Morning Musume
- Tomomi Itano
- Atsuko Maeda
- Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48)
- Miss Monochrome
- Aice5 (Evil Line)
- Earphones (Evil Line)
- Hypnosis Mic (Evil Line)
- Otsuki Miyako
- Momoiro Clover Z (Evil Line, formerly Starchild)
- Meg (Evil Line)
- Theatre Brook
- Haruka Fukuhara
- Sawa (Bellwood)
- Park Junyoung
- Hiroki Nanami
- Jan Linton (as dr jan guru) "Planet Japan"
- Rock A Japonica (Evil Line)
- Senri Kawaguchi
- Block B
- Yuki Uchida
- Nana Mizuki (King Amusement Creative)
- Mamoru Miyano (King Amusement Creative)
- 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)
- 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)
- Miho Okasaki (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)
- GFriend (2018-2021)
- 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)
- Michiyo Azusa
- Minori Chihara (2004)
- Neko Jump (2006-2011; Former overseas 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
- Yui Ogura (2012-2022; King Amusement Creative; to Nippon Columbia)
- Yukari Tamura
- Yuko Ogura
- Starchild, the former label under King Records
- "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.
- "New York Unit – Now's the Time" (CD liner notes). Paddle Wheel Records. KICJ 108.
- "Evil Line Records". Archived from the original on 2019-11-02. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
- "Evil Line Records". Discogs. Archived from the original on 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
- "Evil Line Records Official Store". Archived from the original on 2019-10-29. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
- "BOL4 Profile". Archived from the original on 2020-11-02. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
- "Momoland Profile". Archived from the original on 2020-02-05. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
- "Block B Profile". Archived from the original on 2020-10-31. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
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