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Columbia Music Entertainment
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Parent company Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc.
Founded 1910
Founder Fredrick W. Horn
Distributing label Columbia Records (In Japan)
Savoy Records (in United States)
Genre various
Country of origin Japan
Official Website Columbia Music Entertainment

Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc. (コロムビアミュージックエンタテインメント株式会社 Koromubia Myūjikku Entateinmento Kabushiki gaisha ?) TYO: 6791 is a Japanese record label founded in 1910 as the Nipponophone Company Co., Ltd. (Nippon Phonograph Company). It affiliated itself with the Columbia Graphophone Company of the United Kingdom and adopted the standard UK Columbia trademarks in 1931. It changed its name in 1946 to Nippon Columbia Company Limited and adopted its present name in 2002. Outside Japan, the company operates as the Savoy Label Group which releases recordings on the SLG, Savoy Jazz and Denon labels. It also manufactured electronic products under the Denon brand name until 2001.

Aside from common historical roots, the current Columbia Music Entertainment label has no direct relation with either the American Columbia Records (part of the Sony Music group in the United States and operates in Japan as Sony Music Entertainment Japan) or the British EMI group, of which the original Columbia Graphophone Co. was a part, and operated in Japan as Toshiba-EMI. The label is notable, however, for continuing to use the historical "Magic Notes" logo, which has been associated with the Columbia name since the label's founding.

Japnese People's Honour Award-winning singer Hibari Misora belonged to the label. This label is also known for dropping Ayumi Hamasaki, the best-selling female solo artist in Japanese Oricon history (since 1968), before her rise to fame. It happened after her first single "Nothing from Nothing" and album of the same name flopped, due to little or no promotion. She subsequently met her current producer, Max Matsuura, who is now President of Avex.

Major investors

Major investors include RHJ International (25.49%) and Hitachi Ltd. (18.21%) .

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