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
Spotify launches anime hub and tests synchronised lyrics
Spotify’s latest niche is music from Japanese anime TV shows and films. The streaming service recently launched a dedicated hub for this music in a range of countries. “Since the hub launched on October 8, fans in the...
November 15, 2019
Sony Music’s Mora Qualitas hi-res streaming service launches in Japan
Sony Music Entertainment Japan has launched its Mora Qualitas hi-res streaming service, working with Rhapsody International (through its ‘Powered by Napster’ B2B business). Plans for the service were actually announced...
October 24, 2019
Japanese label Avex strikes deal with Migu Music in China
China’s burgeoning music-streaming market is being eyed up by music companies around the world, including Japan. Label Avex has signed a new partnership with one of the Chinese streaming services – but not one you might...
September 4, 2019
Physical decline still outweighs streaming growth in Japan
Japanese industry body the RIAJ has published some figures for the second quarter of 2019, as well as first-half stats combining Q1 and Q2. These are figures for digital music revenues only, revealing that revenue from...
August 28, 2019
Distributors on the move: The Orchard Japan plus Ditto X tour
Two prominent music distributors are announcing their latest globetrotting plans. For The Orchard, that means opening an office in Tokyo to fully establish The Orchard Japan. It’ll be led by former Amazon Music exec Yuuki...
August 22, 2019
Japanese artist Kenshi Yonezu reaches 4m YouTube subscribers
Four million subscribers may not sound like very much on YouTube if you’re a gaming star like PewDiePie (98.9 million), or one of the top musicians on the platform like Justin Bieber (46.1 million) and Ed Sheeran (41.4...
August 12, 2019