Horipro (株式会社ホリプロ Kabushiki Kaisha Horipuro) is a large Japanese talent agency, as well as being an independent music publisher.[1] It was founded in 1963 as Hori Productions (ホリプロダクション Hori Purodakushon) and changed to its present name in 1990. Horipro has two locations in the United States: Nashville and Los Angeles.[1]

In the 1970s, one of Hori Productions' most famous stars was singer Momoe Yamaguchi.

In 1989, Horipro purchased the publishing assets of famed rock band Kiss. Next, the company moved on to invest in more catalogs. A year later, HoriPro Entertainment Group opened their first U.S. location in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] Over the years, Horipro's songwriters would go on to write many hits for some of Country music's most recognized voices.

In the late 1990s, Horipro planned to create a "virtual idol", an electronic rendition using motion capture methods of Kyoko Date.[2][3] The virtual idol based on Date charted in Tokyo in 1996, and provided inspiration for the character of Idoru in William Gibson's eponymous novel.[4]

In 2006, Horipro's first Los Angeles location opened. The company's catalog has expanded to include over 13,000 songs in each major genre. HEG's Los Angeles location is in partnership with Horipro Music Academy, a music enrichment school for children. Additionally, HEG Los Angeles began MusicTaste, a boutique artist development label that is placed within the publishing company. MusicTaste's artists include Matt Palmer, Dori Caymmi, and more.

Horipro contracted with MediaHorse, an American music licensing and marketing firm, in 2015 for synchronization licensing in the United States.[1]

Kabushiki Kaisha Horipuro
Hori Purodakushon
Hori pro meguro tokyo 2009
Horipro head office in Meguro, Tokyo.
Yoshitaka Hori
Yoshitaka Hori, the chairman & CEO of Horipro, on April 7, 2013

Notable members

Musical groups associated with Horipro

Foreign artists associated with HoriPro Entertainment Group


  1. ^ a b c d Gallo, Phil (February 5, 2015). "MediaHorse to Represent Sync Rights for HoriPro". Billboard. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b McClure, Steve (1998). Nipponpop. Singapore: Charles E. Tuttle Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 0-8048-2107-0. OCLC 247384040 – via Internet Archive.
  3. ^ Wilcox, Sue Ki (1998). "19. Beyond Snowcrash: The Future of Avatars". Guide to 3D Avatars. United States: Wiley Computer Publishing (John Wiley & Sons). pp. 453&ndash, 455. ISBN 0-471-24216-0. OCLC 851137094 – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ Kemp, Sandra (2004). "data face". future face: image, identity, innovation. contributions from Vicki Bruce and Alf Linney. Great Britain: The Trustee of the Wellcome Trust. p. 135. ISBN 1 86197 768 9.
  5. ^ "板野友美のプロフィール" [Tomomi Itano's profile]. Oricon.

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