Star Music (stylized in lowercase; also known as Star Records[a] and corporately as Star Recording, Inc.) is a record label in the Philippines owned and operated by media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation.[1] It was formerly a separate company operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN until 2013 when it was merged to ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.[citation needed] It is now a division of ABS-CBN Music, a division of ABS-CBN for its music. Its publishing and distribution subsidiary in the country is Star Music Publishing (formerly Star Songs, Inc.) and has over one thousand songs in its catalog including the classic song "Anak" by Freddie Aguilar.[2][3]

Star Music
The logo of Star Music (since 2022)
Parent companyABS-CBN Corporation
FoundedFebruary 20, 1995; 29 years ago (1995-02-20)
Distributor(s)Star Music Publishing (Philippines)
Country of originPhilippines
LocationABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Sgt. Esguerra Avenue corner Mother Ignacia Street, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

It is a member of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI), a non-profit and private trade organization, that represents the recording industry distributors in the Philippines.[4]

Star Music also released video karaoke VCDs versions of the label's songs in the Philippines.

History edit

Star Music was founded on February 20, 1995, as Star Recording, Inc. with Star Records as its label. The record label was created by ABS-CBN Corporation to diversify its functions from a broadcast media to a full entertainment company. Commercial operations of the label started in September 1995, signing an exclusive distribution agreement with Sony Music Entertainment Philippines in the entire country, except in Metro Manila. Due to its distribution agreement with Sony, Star Records endured problems with distributing titles in Metro Manila. In August 1996, the record label engage into licensing deals in order to strengthen its production base and gain entry into the Metro Manila market. It first signed a 3-year license agreement with JML Records, a local rock label. The deal enabled the label to gain control of its catalogue of 30 titles. Later, Star Records signed deals with foreign-independent labels such as Beaver Music of the Netherlands, Music of Life of the United Kingdom, and Rox of Belgium.[5]

In October 1996, Star Records renewed its licensing deal with Sony which also includes 30 dealerships in Metro Manila. The deal enabled the label to get a significant presence in Metro Manila's market. By December of the same year, the label's number of signed artists increased to twenty artists. In June 1997, Star Records signed a distribution and licensing agreement with Taiwan's Rock Records, which also involved products from about forty independent European and American labels. Also under this deal, albums by named international artists helped improved Star Records' market profile.[5]

In March 2005, responding to Perceptions Inc.'s Tara Na, Biyahe Tayo, Star Records teamed up with the Philippine Tourism Authority (now the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority) for an all-star version of their Pilipino Sa Turismo'y Aktibo tourism anthem which featured most of the label's artists such as Gary Valenciano, Jamie Rivera, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Vhong Navarro, Piolo Pascual, Erik Santos, Gloc-9, Sheryn Regis and Heart Evangelista, with additional speech by some of ABS-CBN's biggest stars at that time including Jericho Rosales, Kris Aquino, Claudine Barretto, Jiro Manio and Charo Santos-Concio. However, the song's lack of extensive support by the mother network led to its obscurity.[6]

In 2007, Star Records launched Acel, the former vocalist of the rock band Moonstar88, as the country's first digital artist.[7] By 2015, the record label celebrates its 20th anniversary.

In 2013, Star Recording, Inc. and Star Songs, Inc. were both merged to ABS-CBN Film Productions. In 2014, the recording company started to adapt the Star Music name and logo, with Star Recording, Inc. still used as corporate name and the Star Records name is alternatively used nowadays on some contexts. In the same year, they launched their very own music downloading website. This is also the time where Star Music started to release their songs on iTunes, Spotify, and other music downloading and streaming websites and applications. They also revamped their YouTube channel as a response to the current trend in the consumption of music and video contents on the internet.

In September 2015, Star Music acquired the copyrights to around 116 original compositions of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon which includes songs popularized by 1970s group VST & Co., Sharon Cuneta, and Nora Aunor, and popular songs such as "Ipagpatawad Mo", "Tayo'y Magsayawan" and "Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko."[8]

On January 31, 2016, after 10 years, rapper Gloc-9 signed a record deal with Star Music, the record label who introduced Gloc-9 to mainstream listeners. Two of the most successful albums of Gloc-9, G9 and Ako Si... were released in 2003 and 2005 respectively. These albums brought Gloc-9's biggest smash hits with songs like "Simpleng Tao" and "Hinahanap Ng Puso (feat. Hannah Romawac of Session Road)".[9]

Sub-labels edit

Active edit

  • Star Events - concerts and events organizer.
  • Star Home Video
  • Tarsier Records[10]
  • TNT Records - established in 2018 as the official record label of Tawag ng Tanghalan contenders, finalists, and champions.
  • StarPop
  • DNA Music
  • Lodi Records
  • Star Magic Records
  • Old School Records[11]
  • Inspire Music[12]

In addition, Star Music also distributes singles and albums/EPs of selected artists from OneMusicPH, a digital music website owned by ABS-CBN Digital Media.

Defunct/Inactive edit

  • ASAP Music – A sub-label for the television musical variety show ASAP. It was launched in 2006.[13]
  • Bituen Ti Amianan - a sub-label caters to the regional (northern) segment of the market.
  • Black Bird Music – A sub-label; It is headed by Aiza Seguerra, which is also the label's founder.[14]
  • Budget Music - a sub-label for cover versions and multiplexes.
  • Dream Music
  • Ear Stab - a sub-label for rock and alternative artists.
  • Istilo Records - a sub-label for young upcoming artists.
  • NuGen Records – A sub label for independent and alternative artists.[15]
  • Premium Records
  • Startraxx Records – a sub-label for film and television soundtracks.
  • Saucy Music - a sub-label for mass-based artists.

Notable artists (past and present) edit

StarPop edit

Tarsier Records edit

DNA Music edit

  • Nameless Kids
  • Trisha Denise
  • Kiss N Tell
  • Ato Arman
  • Dan Ombao

Old School Records edit

Discography edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Still used alternatively nowadays on some contexts even after the Star Music name and logo was adapted in 2014.
  2. ^ Also with Off The Record.

References edit

  1. ^ "Company Information: Star Records, Inc". ABS-CBN Investor Relations. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  2. ^ "About Star Songs". Star Records. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "About Us". Star Music. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "Corporate Members of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry". Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Star Records, Inc. Corporate Profile". Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "Explore The Philippines, Music Video Tells Pinoys". The Manila Times. April 19, 2005. Retrieved July 23, 2022.
  7. ^ "Songwriter Acel to be launched as the country's first digital artist". Philippine Entertainment Portal. June 22, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "LOOK: Toni reunites with Tito, Vic and Joey". ABS-CBN News. September 21, 2015.
  9. ^ "Gloc-9 returns to Star Music after 10 years". February 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Tarsier Records aims to introduce new wave of music to PH - and beyond". ABS-CBN Corporation. August 31, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "ABS-CBN's Old School Records to drop debut singles of Chloe, RJZON". ABS-CBN Corporation. February 16, 2021. Retrieved November 28, 2022.
  12. ^ "Jamie Rivera heads ABS-CBN's new music label, drops another inspirational single". April 6, 2023. Retrieved November 16, 2023.
  13. ^ "About Us". ASAP. ABS-CBN Corporation. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  14. ^ "Carol shares a piece of her life". The Philippine Star. December 6, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  15. ^ "Star Records signs up Chiro". The Philippine Star. August 15, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "artist".
  17. ^ "Aiza Seguerra Profile". Star Music. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  18. ^ "GMA-7 boyband member signs contract with ABS-CBN record label". December 22, 2018.
  19. ^ "Zaijian Jaranilla and Rhap Salazar sign up with Star Records". August 17, 2009.
  20. ^ "'Pop star era': Marina Summers teases new song with Tarsier Records". ABS-CBN News. October 17, 2022. Retrieved November 28, 2022.

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