Classic Hit Albums by Grammy Award-winning Artist Kitaro Released by Pony Canyon and BFM Digital

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Launching a new relationship between Pony Canyon and BFM Digital, seven classic albums by Kitaro are being released digitally for the first time. The catalog includes the seminal 1980 release “Silk Road” as well as two “Best Of…” collections from this world-famous keyboardist, composer and musician. Best known for his award-winning soundtrack to “Heaven and Earth,” “Silk Road,” was Kitaro’s first international success.

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Pony Canyon is a well respected leader in the Japanese music industry. These first albums are hand picked and represent just the start of BFM's commitment to bring Pony Canyon's extensive catalog to digital services around the world.

Launching a new relationship between Pony Canyon and BFM Digital, seven classic albums by Kitaro are being released digitally for the first time. The catalog includes the seminal 1980 release “Silk Road” as well as two “Best Of…” collections from this world-famous keyboardist, composer and musician. Best known for his award-winning soundtrack to “Heaven and Earth,” “Silk Road,” was Kitaro’s first international success.

Michele Ito, VP of Label Relations for BFM Digital, says: “Pony Canyon is a well respected leader in the Japanese music industry. These first albums are hand picked and represent just the start of BFM’s commitment to bring Pony Canyon’s extensive catalog to digital services around the world.”

Pony Canyon, one of Japan’s most successful record labels, will also release their catalog of recordings from Himekami through BFM. Founded in 1980 by composer Yoshiaki Hoshi, Himekami has had a stream of popular albums in Japan and North America. Titles include “Seed” and “Joumon Kairyu Kaze no Joumon.”

Hide Saida, Deputy GM of Overseas Marketing Group, says: “Pony Canyon is glad to introduce our music globally via BFM. Through our discussions we recognize that BFM carefully selects artists and titles thinking of what will be beneficial for both customers and music labels in the long term.”

About Pony Canyon
Established in 1966 as a subsidiary of Japanese Media Group, Fujisankei Communications Group, Pony Canyon is a major leader in the music industry in Japan, with its artists regularly at the top of the Japanese charts. The company dedicates itself to the development of varied types of entertainment software including production, manufacturing, and sales of diverse packaged software, as well as digital distribution services, focusing on music entertainment, motion picture and home entertainment, and visual entertainment.

About BFM Digital, Inc.
BFM Digital is a global digital music company committed to serving the independent music community and delivering quality music, spoken word and video content to leading online retailers worldwide. Representing a diverse catalog of indie labels, artists and publishers, BFM distributes to all of the major music services including iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, Walmart, Nokia and many more. With an unparalleled commitment to personalized service, BFM works closely with their content providers from around the world to ensure maximum exposure of their catalog by customizing marketing efforts and building strong relationships with BFM's digital store partners.

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