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In September, Universal will start the Susumu Hirasawa Solo Debut 25th Anniversary Project. By The Way this will be done without Hirasawa’s or Chaos Union’s involvement (judging by Hirasawa’s tweets he also didn’t know that this was was happening). Interesting…wonder how they’ll handle this…
A bit of record label backstory
When Hirasawa started his solo career in 1989, he signed with Polydor, and kept with them until 1995’s Sim City, after which he moved to Columbia; Polydor was merged into Universal in either 1999 or 2001; it’s possible that they had relations with the LaserDisc division of Pioneer, but I’m not sure. Meanwhile, also in ‘89, either Pioneer withdrew from their joint venture in music distribution with Warner (the Warner-Pioneer joint venture had released released the first three P-MODEL albums) or they got bought out by Warner, whatever happened, this specific branch of Pioneer branched off and started their own music distribution business. In 2003, Pioneer was acquired by dentsu (a big Japanese PR/ad company) and was renamed Geneon (whose US branch distributed both the Paranoia Agent series and the soundtrack on North America, it was one of the losses suffered by the the anime industry when the bubble burst around 2007-2009). I guess there was some inner merging in Universal in 2008 and then in 2009 Geneon merged with Universal and became Geneon Universal, which was later renamed NBCUniversal in 2013.
So i guess what I was trying to say is that
COMCAST owns a good six years’ worth of Hirasawa and they’ll probably reissue stuff later this year (tough probably not the P-MODEL albums since they got reissued 2 years ago) and oh god why do i know so much about japanese record company merges