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Avex Group Holdings Inc. (エイベックス・グループ・ホールディングス株式会社 , Eibekkusu Gurūpu Hōrudingusu Kabushiki-gaisha) is the holding company for a group of entertainment-related subdiaries based in Japan. The origin of the word Avex comes from the English words Audio Visual Expert.

Avex was Japan's leading dance record company during the nineties, and continues producting and recording some of Japan's most famous J-pop singers. Avex Trax also provides theme music soundtracks to many anime and a few video games.

History

The company was established in 1988 as "Avex D.D., Inc", a CD wholesaler. They opened a recording studio and created Avex Trax as a music label in 1990. In the same year, they created "Musique Folio Inc.", a music publishing company, which later became "Prime Direction Inc." In 1993, they created a U.S. branch, called "AV Experience America Inc." The year also marked the first of Avex's yearly events. It was held in Tokyo Dome under the name "avex rave '93" and attracted 50,000 attendees. In 1994, they formed two UK subsidiaries, "Rhythm Republic Limited" and "Avex U.K. Limited". Later that year, they opened a disco, claimed in their website to be "the world's largest scale disco".

In 1997, they opened a series of concert halls calles "Zepp" along with Sony Music Entertainment. In early 1999, they signed an agreement with Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records to handle both companies' Japanese CD releases. Later that year "Avex Mode", an animation company, was established.

In 2001, Avex opened "avex artists academy", a music school. In 2002, they released the "CCCD", a type of copy-protected CD. In 2003, they opened a classical music business. In 2004, they began salleing Japanese music CDs in South Korea.

In 2004, Avex President Max Matsuura "spotted" former-idol Ami Suzuki performing live at the annual festival of their school, Nihon University. He subsequently signed her to the Avex label.

In 2005, Avex acquired distribution rights for Aozora Records' catalogue including all future Hitomi Yaida releases.

As part of Avex Group's 20th anniversary celebration, the big project is occuring with avex trax's ever "produced by avex trax" artists, the band Girl Next Door formed and debuted in September 2008.

a-nation

Each year since 2002, Avex has hosted a summer concert tour around Japan, "a-nation", featuring the company's most successful acts. Top Avex acts are Hamasaki Ayumi, Koda Kumi, BoA, TVXQ, TRF, Ai Otsuka and Every Little Thing, have performed to major crowds each year. In 2008, Namie Amuro made her first appearance at a-nation and performed all dated that year. Because it was her first appearance at the event, she requested and was granted permission to be the first performer (top batter) for the headlining major acts portion of each event.

Artist

This is a list of artists currently or formerly signed under the avex trax record label and its sub-labels in Japan and in other Asian countries. International artists that may be listed here have their music distributed in Japan by Avex Trax.

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Sub-labels

  • Avex Entertainment
  • Avex Trance
  • Avex Mode
  • Avex Tube
  • Avex Globe
  • Cutting Edge
  • Rhythm Republic
  • Rhythm Zone
  • Riddim Zone
  • Espionage Records
  • Disc Du Soleil
  • Mad Pray Records
  • Motorod Records
  • Love Life Records
  • Sonic Groove
  • Tearbridge Records
  • True Song Music
  • J-More
  • Avex International (For international acts)

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