Live concerts are opening up again in Japan and Germany
It’s important that the industry (us included) starts to move away from talking about the ‘live concerts shutdown’ as a global trend, now that a growing number of countries are tentatively opening up their...
July 15, 2020
Mrs. Green Apple celebrated fifth birthday in Animal Crossing
If you're a regular reader of Music Ally, you may have spotted that we have some Animal Crossing fans on the team. We've seen a couple of music marketing campaigns make use of the latest version of the game, Nintendo Switch...
July 9, 2020
Survey: Covid-19 is sparking music streaming growth in Japan
More Japanese people are willing to engage with music via streaming during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey of Japan's music industry conducted by Music Ally. Music Ally Japan surveyed labels, managers,...
July 3, 2020
Universal Music launches Spinnup distribution arm in Japan
Spinnup is one of Universal Music Group’s distribution services for independent artists, which originally launched in Sweden in 2013 before expanding to other countries. Artists can use it to upload their music to digital...
June 24, 2020
Classical streaming service Idagio to launch in Japan
Classical music streaming service Idagio is launching in Japan later this month, tying in with its live video stream of a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra on 21 June. The Japan launch will include Idagio’s...
June 18, 2020
Japan hopes livestreams can make up for Covid-19 live hit
Japan’s music industry may have taken a 330bn Yen hit (around $3.06bn) from 150,000 concerts cancelled in the country this year, according to the Pia Research Institute. That’s the claim made in an good piece...
June 8, 2020
Official: Japanese band Arashi had the biggest album of 2019
The IFPI has now postponed the planned release of its Global Music Report on 24 March, but it is continuing to reveal some of the league tables from its stats section. Taylor Swift was the top global artist of 2019, and...
March 20, 2020
LDH Japan responds to Coronavirus with YouTube concert videos
Japanese music company LDH Japan is putting some full-length concerts on YouTube by its artists, as a way of making up for the cancellation of upcoming concerts due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Those artists...
March 12, 2020
Amazon exec predicts music streaming tipping point in Japan
Japan is the second biggest recorded music market in the world after the US, but it’s been famously slow to transition from sales to streaming. In 2018, streaming accounted for just 12.4% of Japan’s annual revenues of...
March 12, 2020
Japan and Germany figures hint at 2019’s strong global growth
Invitations went out to journalists yesterday for the launch of the IFPI’s annual Global Music Report on 24 March. That’s the day we’ll be getting the official figures on the growth of the global recorded-music industry...
February 28, 2020
Music Ally announces our first ever Japan event
The Music Ally Japan Digital Summit in association with Linkfire and the Orchard and supported by MQA will take place at the Future 7 venue in Tokyo on Wednesday 22nd April.This one-day event, part of Music Ally’s Sandbox...
January 30, 2020
UMG hires Spotify exec Ichiro Tamaki for digital role in Japan
Japan’s transition from sales to streaming has been a long time coming, and there are still some bumps in the road. Now Spotify will have to deal with them under new leadership, after its general manager and president in...
January 16, 2020