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Old Jun 21, 2020, 07:31 PM
nstz nstz is offline
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I think the "Sony Music Records" division no longer exists after an internal restructuring of Sony Music Labels Inc. in 2019.

On 2018-10-13 the SME website stated that Sony Music Labels Inc. had 9 labels as divisions (事業部門)
https://web.archive.org/web/20181013...ME/company/SML

By 2019-06-11 this information had been removed from the SME website
https://web.archive.org/web/20190611...ME/company/SML

Around the same time they stopped assigning copyrights to "Sony Music Records" and started assigning them to "Sony Music Labels Inc."

2019-05-22
https://vgmdb.net/db/covers.php?do=view&cover=395123
℗ 2019 Sony Music Records

2019-06-12
https://static.mercdn.net/item/detai...jpg?1592528039
℗ 2019 Sony Music Labels Inc.

The same change was also made to all their other labels.

From some searching it appears that the current divisions of Sony Music Labels Inc. are 第1レーベルグループ, 第2レーベルグループ and 第3レーベルグループ.
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Old Jul 17, 2020, 05:41 AM
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I would say it still exists, but not in a way where many releases could be attached to it.

1. https://twitter.com/SMR_info is still active

2. https://twitter.com/SonyMusic_JPN/st...07541396385793 (today) still mentions all domestic divisions other than Ki/oon Music. It associates SixTONES with the SME Records division (even though their releases do not use the SME Records imprint), and it associates 7 artists to "Sony Music Records" (other than MAN WITH A MISSION, the other artists should be tied to a specific imprint).
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Old Jul 17, 2020, 04:40 PM
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I don't think it exists in the same way as before (as a division), but perhaps as an umbrella term to refer to all the production teams that were previously under it's control.

For further evidence that something has changed, look at the job title of Ippei Haino (灰野一平):

In 2016 Sony listed this as
Sony Music Labels, Sony Music Records, gr8!records Producer
(ソニー・ミュージックレーベルズ ソニー・ミュージックレコーズ gr8!records プロデューサー)
https://www.sme.co.jp/pressrelease/n...EWS000937.html

In 2019 they listed it as
Sony Music Labels Inc., Label Group 1, gr8!records Production Department, Chief Producer
(株式会社ソニー・ミュージックレーベルズ 第1レーベルグループ gr8!records制作部 チーフプロデューサー)
http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...nen_haino.html

Or how in 2020 Sony Music Records appears to have been replaced with Label Group 1 in MASTERSIX FOUNDATION's mailing address:
https://www.sonymusic.co.jp/artist/L...na/info/514818

Sony Music Label's production teams currently seem to be arranged in this manner;

Label Group 1
- gr8!records (see above)
- MASTERSIX FOUNDATION (see above)
- presumably the rest of Sony Music Records
- presumably SME Records

Label Group 2
- SACRA MUSIC (source)

Label Group 3
- Ariola Japan (source)
- onenation (source)
- Sony Music Associated Records (source)
- Epic Records Japan (source)
- Ki/oon Music (source; see last talk of 1/29)

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