EMI Music Japan to shop talent

Co. will manage all aspects of artists' careers

EMI Music Japan has launched talent management shop EMI Entertainment Japan, the company announced Thursday.

EMI Entertainment will manage all aspects of its artists’ careers, including music publishing, merchandising, live concerts and TV appearances. It also will scout out Internet and mobile opportunities.

The first artists under management will be in the music biz, including established EMI popsters Mio Isayama and Shione Yukawa and new talent Kumami, skedded to debut in January. The talent shop plans to branch out into other fields, including TV and sports celebs.

Also coming under EMI Entertainment’s auspices is the A&R team Great Hunting, which EMI Music Japan launched in 2006.

EMI Entertainment prexy will be Junya Nakasone, who set up an artist-management team in EMI Music Japan in 2005. He reports to EMI Music Japan prexy-CEO Shoji Doyama.

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