BMG Funhouse, Sony BMG Music's Tokyo-based affiliate, will formally change its name to BMG Japan on Oct. 1.

BMG Funhouse, Sony BMG Music's Tokyo-based affiliate, will formally change its name to BMG Japan on Oct. 1. In 1996, the then-BMG Victor bought the independent Funhouse label, and in 1999 the company's name was changed to BMG Funhouse with the merger of the two companies.

In June 2001, Funhouse founder Kazunaga Nitta left BMG Funhouse, where he had been a board member as well as head of the Funhouse label and the RCA domestic division, to start a new record company, Dreamusic.

"There is no official reason for the name change," says a BMG Funhouse spokesperson. "Obviously the new name has more clarity and focus as the local BMG (or Sony-BMG) unit in Japan.

The Funhouse label will continue to exist even after the name change, the spokesperson adds.

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