KING (primary imprint (lion) of Japanese company King Record Co., Ltd.)
This label is only valid for releases bearing the lion and word "KING" inside a box.
Not to be confused with the record company's logo "KING RECORDS", which is the holding company that appears on all of KING's sibling labels and does not identify any specific label. The company logo often appears on the jewel case spine, which in Japan is the typical location of the manufacturer, not the release label. (See also: Sony Music Labels, Music from EMI)
Labels which do not belong here:
(image) STARCHILD -> use STARCHILD
(image) Bellwood -> use Bellwood Records
(image) KMW -> KMW
For more, see the children and distributed labels relationships.
The KING imprint is mostly used for Japanese-produced music, not imports. Valid catalog numbers for this label are KICA (album), KICM (single), KICS, KIDA, KIDS.
Bad catalog numbers
- KICC, KICJ - SEVEN SEAS MUSIC, SUGI, etc.
- ***P/KICP - imports - very rarely uses KING. More likely uses METAL FRONTIER, MELODIUS FRONTIER, SEVEN SEAS, etc.