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
SyncPower sees bright future for synced lyrics and music recognition
SyncPower is the Japanese company whose business includes providing ‘synced lyrics’ content, as well as (through its status as the agent in Japan for ACRCloud) music-recognition technology. The first part of that business...
July 16, 2019
Japanese music industry asks Apple to crack down on pirate app
Apple under fire for the way it runs its App Store? But this time, it’s nothing to do with Spotify. A group of Japanese music-industry bodies representing labels, publishers and producers have written to Apple expressing...
July 15, 2019
SyncPower sees a bright future for synced lyrics and music recognition
SyncPower is the Japanese company whose business includes providing 'synced lyrics' content, as well as (through its status as status as the agent in Japan for ACRCloud) music-recognition technology. The first part of...
July 15, 2019
Apple will launch its HomePod smart-speaker in Japan this summer
With the market for smart speakers currently driven mainly by lower-end devices from Google, Amazon and (in China) Xiaomi, Alibaba and Baidu, Apple’s HomePod has been somewhat on the fringes: not a flop, exactly, but more...
July 10, 2019
Line Music to add freemium tier and music videos this year
Japanese music-streaming service Line Music has just celebrated its fourth anniversary, and it’s promising some significant new features over the coming months. The service, run by social-media firm Line, now has 11 million...
July 2, 2019
Country Profile – Japan 2019
Almost 20m people in Japan subscribed to a music streaming service at the end of 2018 – with both free and paid subscriber numbers set to rise further over the next few years as streaming revenues remain healthy
June 19, 2019
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