New Merlin Japan boss targets new markets for Japanese labels
Indie licensing agency Merlin has appointed former Spotify and Apple exec Akira Nomoto as the general manager of Merlin Japan. He was most recently director of licensing and label relations at Spotify Japan, and will work...
May 16, 2019
Japanese white-label ticketing startup Zaiko raises funding
There’s a new startup hoping to make an impact on the Japanese concert-ticketing market. Zaiko has just raised its first round of seed funding according to IQ, and is rolling out its white-label service, which will help...
April 30, 2019
NetEase Cloud Music inks deal with Japanese label Nippon Columbia
China is a hugely-appealing market for Japanese labels seeking international growth for their artists. Here’s a new example of the kind of partnerships that are being struck to achieve this: streaming service NetEase Cloud...
April 23, 2019
Sandbox Issue 225: Retargeting in an Age of Privacy
Lead: Tighter regulations around retargeting have made the job of digital marketing much trickier to navigate. What this has meant is that marketers have to get smarter. We speak to those working around these rules about...
April 3, 2019
Japan goes back to square one with planned anti-piracy law
Japan was set to introduce a new law cracking down on illegal downloading of copyrighted content, but the government is now going back to the drawing board, after complaints from both sides of the debate around online piracy....
March 14, 2019
Streaming revenues have overtaken download sales in Japan
Figures published by Japanese industry body RIAJ show that 2018 was a digital-music tipping point for the recorded-music industry there: streaming revenues overtook download revenues for the first time. The RIAJ’s figuresshow...
February 27, 2019
How pirated TV shows on YouTube made Dinosaur Jr. a hit in Japan
Congratulations to Dinosaur Jr. for topping Japan’s video-streaming chart with nearly 8.1m weekly views for a 25-year-old song called ‘Over Your Shoulder’. Wait, what?! Yes, the definitely-not-at-all-J-Poppy grunge...
February 12, 2019
Could China be the model for music-streaming growth in Japan?
Japan may be the world’s second-largest recorded-music market, but in terms of music-streaming, it is still early days for a country where CD is still the prime format. Midia Research has raised some concerns about the...
January 31, 2019
Merlin says average payments to Japanese members are up 70%
The headline from indie licensing agency Merlin’s latest stats announcement is that distributions to its Japanese members are up 200% year-on-year. However, as the agency made clear, that’s partly because it has grown...
October 22, 2018
Japanese stars still holding albums back from streaming services
In 2017, streaming generated $264.8m of revenues in Japan according to the IFPI – a mere 9.7% of total recorded-music revenue in a country where physical sales were still 72.3% of the market.
August 31, 2018
Tim Cook claims Apple Music leads in North America and Japan
Apple published its latest quarterly financial results last night, for the second quarter of 2018 (the company’s fiscal Q3). Big numbers ahoy: revenues up 17% year-on-year to $53.3bn and a net profit of $11.5bn. Apple...
August 1, 2018
IFPI welcomes EU-Japan trade agreement but calls for more talks
Yesterday saw the European Union and Japan sign what’s being described as the world’s largest bilateral free trade deal, which according to the Guardian “is set to eliminate nearly all tariffs on products traded between...
July 18, 2018