Up-Front Group

Up-Front Group Co., Ltd. (株式会社アップフロントグループ, Kabushiki gaisha Appu-Furonto Gurūpu) is a Japanese holding company for various entertainment companies.[1] Its subsidiaries include the talent agency Up-Front Promotion and Up-Front Works, a music production and sales company that manages such record labels as Zetima, Piccolo Town, and Hachama.

Up-Front Group
Native name
アップフロントグループ
TypeKabushiki gaisha
IndustryMusic, entertainment
Founded14 January 1983; 38 years ago (1983-01-14) (as Up-Front Agency Co., Ltd.)
Tokyo, Japan
HeadquartersAzabu-koei Building
28-12 Higashi-Azabu Ichichōme, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0044
Key people
Naoki Yamazaki (chairman and representative director)
Yukio Seto (president and executive director)
Junichiro Iwata (managing director)
SubsidiariesUp-Front Promotion
Up-Front Works
Up-Front Books
Up-Front International
Up-Front DC
Up-Front Hawaii
etc.
Websitewww.ufg.co.jp

ArtistsEdit

Up-Front PromotionEdit

All artists under Up-Front Promotion are collectively known as Hello! Project.[2][3]

Up-Front WorksEdit

SubsidiariesEdit

ZetimaEdit

Zetima
Parent companyUp-Front Works Co. Ltd.
FoundedMay 1993 (as One Up Music)
Distributor(s)Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Genre
Country of originJapan
LocationTokyo

Zetima (ゼティマ) was originally founded in May 1993 as One Up Music (ワン・アップ・ミュージック, Wan Appu Myūjikku), a joint venture between the Up-Front Group and Warner Music Japan. In April 1998, Up-Front merged One Up with Y.J. Sounds to form Zetima. At the same time, Up-Front ended its distribution deal with Warner Music Japan and switched to Sony Music Entertainment Japan.[citation needed]

Artists
Former artists

HachamaEdit

Hachama
Parent companyUp-Front Works Co. Ltd.
FoundedApril 2001
Distributor(s)Pony Canyon
Genre
Country of originJapan
LocationTokyo

Hachama (ハチャマ) has a distribution deal with Pony Canyon.

Artists
Former artists

Piccolo TownEdit

Piccolo Town
Parent companyUp-Front Works Co. Ltd.
FoundedApril 2001
Distributor(s)Pony Canyon
Genre
Country of originJapan
LocationTokyo

Piccolo Town (ピッコロタウン, Pikkoro Taun) had a distribution deal with King Records from April 2001 to August 2013, when it switched to Pony Canyon in September 2013.

Artists
  • Bitter & Sweet
Former artists

Rice MusicEdit

Rice Music
Parent companyUp-Front Works Co. Ltd.
FoundedMarch 1995 (as Y.J. Sounds)
Distributor(s)Pony Canyon
Genre
Country of originJapan
LocationTokyo

Rice Music (ライス・ミュージック, Raisu Myūjikku) was originally founded in March 1995 as Y.J. Sounds (Y.J.サウンズ, Wai Jei Saunzu). After being absorbed into Zetima in 1998, the label was resurrected in September 2004 to focus on Kayōkyoku and enka. Like Piccolo Town, Rice Music had a distribution deal with King Records from September 2004 to August 2013, when it switched to Pony Canyon in September 2013.

Artists
  • Hirofumi Banba
  • Takao Horiuchi
  • Akira Kagawa
  • Jirō Sugita
  • Gen Takayama
  • Masayuki Yuhara
Former artists
  • Akira Fuse
  • Sanae Jōnouchi
  • Yuki Maeda
  • Nori Yamaguchi

Up-Front WorksEdit

Up-Front Works
Parent companyUp-Front Works Co. Ltd.
FoundedMarch 2004
GenreJ-pop
Country of originJapan
LocationTokyo

Up-Front Works (アップフロントワークス, Appu Furonto Wākusu) is Up-Front Group's in-house label that specializes in limited edition releases that are sold either online or exclusively at music chains such as Tower Records. The label previously had distribution deals with Pony Canyon, Daiki Sound, and Universal Music Japan before 2019.

Artists

Up-Front IndiesEdit

Up-Front Indies
Parent companyUp-Front Works Co. Ltd.
FoundedMay 2019
Genre
Country of originJapan
LocationTokyo

Up-Front Indies (アップフロントインディーズ, Appu Furonto Indīzu) is Up-Front Group's indie in-house label founded in May 2019.

Artists

Chichūkai LabelEdit

Chichūkai Label
 
Parent companyUp-Front Works Co. Ltd.
Founded2003
DefunctDecember 2009
Distributor(s)Epic Records Japan
GenreClassic, Euro-enka
Country of originJapan
LocationTokyo

Chichūkai Label (地中海 Label, The Mediterranean Sea Label) was founded in 2003, with music inspired by those of the countries by the Mediterranean Sea, most prominently France, Italy and Greece, or even cover versions of songs from those countries. The label was handled by Epic Records Japan until December 2009, when Up-Front consolidated it with Zetima.

Former artists

Former artistsEdit

Affiliated with TNXEdit

All of the musical groups under TNX are collectively known as Nice Girl Project!.

  • Nice Girl Myu
  • GTT Club
  • MM Gakuen Gasshoubu
  • Gyaruru
  • Nice Girl Project! Kenshusei
  • Canary Club
  • Tokky

ReferencesEdit

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