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History of the Avex

1988

04

Avex D. D. Inc. is established

  • The company is established as a wholesale distributor of imported records in a Machida apartment block, the "Sky Palace Machida"
  • At the time of establishment, it had four executives besides Masato Matsuura
  • The implementation of compilations or a "recommended playlist" format added significant value to imported records.
It all started here!

It all started here!

1990

02

The HI-BPM Studio opens in Machida

SUPER EUROBEAT VOL.1 is released

09

The Avex Trax music label is established

SUPER EUROBEAT VOL.9 is released

Music production begins!

Music production begins!

The Eurobeat era takes off

avex trax
Birth of a long-running CD series

Birth of a long-running CD series

1991

05

Head office and studio moved to Minami Machida

08

MAHARAJAH NIGHT VOL.1 is released

Free admission voucher to Maharaja attached

Free admission voucher to Maharaja attached

1992

02

JULIANA'S TOKYO is released

09

TETSUYA KOMURO PRESENTS TMN SONG MEETS DISCOSTYLE is released

12

TK RAVE FACTORY (trf) event is held

Collaboration with Juliana Tokyo

Collaboration with Juliana Tokyo

Collaboration with Tetsuya Komuro

Collaboration with Tetsuya Komuro

1993

02

TRF debut

05

Head office relocated to Minami Aoyama in Minato-ku district, Tokyo

08

Avex Rave'93 event is held at Tokyo Dome

12

The Cutting Edge Inc. record company is established

Exponential surge to success

Exponential surge to success

Invading the center of Tokyo

Invading the center of Tokyo

The most powerful disco event ever

The most powerful disco event ever

1994

12

The Velfarre dance club opens

The Velfarre dance club opens

1995

07

Artist management company White Atlas Inc. is established

1996

02

Head office is moved to the current location

1997

10

Domestic sales company Avex Distribution Inc. is established

1998

04

Company name is changed from Avex D. D.. to Avex Inc. following a merger

07

AVEX TAIWAN INC. is established

10

Shares are registered with the Japan Securities Dealers Association and over-the-counter trading of shares begins

Public offering of stocks to celebrate 10th anniversary
Public offering of stocks to celebrate 10th anniversary

Public offering of stocks to celebrate 10th anniversary

From over-the-counter trading of shares to the Tokyo Exchange in one year

From over-the-counter trading of shares to the Tokyo Exchange in one year

1999

12

Listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

new logo is introduced

2000

11

Signing of agreement with South Korea's S.M. Entertainment

2001

10

Avex Artist Academy opens

Artist Academy

2002

08

A-nation Avex SUMMER FESTA 2002 is held nationwide

The birth of "A-nation"
The birth of "A-nation"

The birth of "A-nation"

2004

10

Avex Group Holdings Inc. and new company Avex Inc. are established and transferred to a special company by corporate split

The birth of "A-nation"

2005

06

The Muumo music distribution service for mobile phones is launched

Muumo

In an industry first, a service for distributing the Company's own music is launched

2007

04

Avex Marketing Communications Inc. merges with Avex Network Inc. to form Avex Marketing Inc.

Integration of packaging and distribution

Integration of packaging and distribution

2008

11

The Red Cliff Part I movie is released

2009

04

Avex Telecommunications Broadcasting Inc., a merging company with NTT DOCOMO, INC., is established

05

The BeeTV film distribution website for mobile phones is launched

NTT DOCOMO, INC.

Start of video-on-demand distribution

Start of video-on-demand distribution

2010

04

Change in management structure

12

The Next Era 2014 medium-term management plan is announced

2011

10

Avex Classics International Inc. is established

11

The D Market VIDEO Store Powered by BeeTV is launched

Avex Classics International Inc.

2012

05

Tree Village opens inside Tokyo Sky Tree

10

Avex Entertainment Inc. Acquires UULA Corporation (a joint venture with SOFTBANK CORP, currently a consolidated subsidiary) and turns it into a subsidiary

Tree Village

Alliance with SOFTBANK CORP.

Alliance with SOFTBANK CORP.

2013

02

The "UULA" flat-rate music distribution service is launched

04

Avex's 25th anniversary

06

The Next VISION 2020 new corporate philosophy and tagline are announced

10

Avex Management Inc.'s commercial operations are split between the newly-established Avex Vanguard Inc., Avex Vibe Production Inc. and Avex Sports Inc.

11

The rebuilding of the Minami Aoyama head office is announced

UULA

25th

MOVE THE WORLD

Office is scheduled to be completed in 2017

Office is scheduled to be completed in 2017

2014

04

Avex Pictures Corporation is established

07

Avex Marketing Inc. is renamed Avex Music Creative Inc. (currently a consolidated subsidiary) and Avex · Entertainment Inc .is renamed Avex Digital Inc. (currently a consolidated subsidiary)

12

AWA Inc. Is established by Avex Digital Inc. and Cyber Agent Inc.

Pictures

Consolidated subsidiary

awa

2015

03

Anime Times Inc. (currently a consolidated subsidiary) is established by Avex Pictures Inc., Kodansha Inc., Shueisha Inc. and Shogakkan Inc.

04

D Video powered by BeeTV becomes dTV

05

AWA is launched

06

LINE MUSIC is launched

Avex Nico Inc. is established

09

Avex International Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. is renamed Avex Asia Pte. Ltd.

Anime Times

d-tv

AWA is launched

line

established by Avex Pictures Inc.

Avex Asia Pte.Ltd.

2016

02

NexTone Inc. is established

06

Avex International Holding Corporation (currently a consolidated subsidiary), Avex International Inc. (currently a consolidated subsidiary) and Avex Travel Creativity (currently a consolidated subsidiary) are established

12

Avex Ventures Inc. is established

NexTone Inc. is established

2017

03

CyberZ, Inc. and e-Sports event “RAGE” started collaboration

04

"Avex Music Creative Inc. (a surviving company established in October 1997) and Avex ·Live Creative Inc. (a dissolving company established in November 1990) merge and are renamed Avex Entertainment (currently a consolidated subsidiary)

AVEX AY FACTORY LLC. (currently a consolidated subsidiary) is established

05

Futuristic fireworks (hanabi) entertainment “STAR ISLAND” will be held for the first time at TOKYO ODAIBA STAR ISLAND in Odaiba Seaside Park, Tokyo

11

Would change its name to Avex Entertainment Inc.

12

Grand opening of the Avex building.

RAGE

STAR ISLAND

Would change its name to Avex Entertainment Inc.

Grand opening of the Avex building.

2018

01

Avex China Inc.(currently an overseas subsidiary) and Avex Hong Kong Limited.(currently an overseas subsidiary) is established

03

Avex inc.(a surviving company) absorbs and merges AVEX VENTURES Inc. (a dissolving company)

06

AVEX&HIROTSU BIO EMPOWER LLC.(currently a consolidated subsidiary)is established with HIROTSU BIO SCIENCE INC.

07

Avex Pictures Inc. and Graphinica,Inc. FLAGSHIP LINE, Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary) is established

11

Dissolved Avex International Inc.,Avex USA Inc.(currently an overseas subsidiary) is established

Avex Entertainment Inc. and LDH JAPAN Inc.HI&max Inc.(currently a joint venture) is established

avex China

avex Hong Kong

AVEX&HIROTSU BIO EMPOWER LLC.

Avex Pictures Inc. and Graphinica,Inc. FLAGSHIP LINE, Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary) is established

Avex USA Inc.

Avex Entertainment Inc. and LDH JAPAN Inc.HI&max Inc.(currently a joint venture) is established

2019

02

Avex Management Inc. and Cool Japan TV Inc.avex & CJTV Influencer Inc.(currently a joint venture) is established

03

TWH,Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary) turns it into a subsidiary

MAKEY Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary) turns it into a subsidiary

05

Avex Technologies Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary)is established

11

LIVESTAR Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary) turns it into a subsidiary

12

ayumi hamasaki countdown live “ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2019-2020 ~ Promised Land ~ A” will sell tickets with dynamic pricing

Avex Management Inc. and Cool Japan TV Inc.avex & CJTV Influencer Inc.(currently a joint venture) is established

TWH

MAKEY

Avex Technologies Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary)is established

LIVESTAR Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary) turns it into a subsidiary

ayumi hamasaki countdown live “ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2019-2020 ~ Promised Land ~ A” will sell tickets with dynamic pricing

2020

02

Avex inc. and TOSHIBA DIGITAL SOLUTIONS CORPORATION Coestation Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary) is established

02

Childhood cancer charity live “LIVE EMPOWER CHILDREN 2020”

Avex inc. and TOSHIBA DIGITAL SOLUTIONS CORPORATION Coestation Inc.(currently a consolidated subsidiary) is established

Childhood cancer charity live “LIVE EMPOWER CHILDREN 2020”

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