‘Hundreds of thousands’ watched Spotify Japan livestream
We reported last month about Spotify’s plans to host a livestreamed concert branded under its ‘Tokyo Super Hits’ playlist. The gig took place last week, and according to Spotify it attracted “hundreds...
December 7, 2020
Hatsune Miku online concert zooms past its Kickstarter goal
Long before Riot Games started creating virtual artists like K/DA and Seraphine, Japanese avatar star Hatsune Miku was playing stadium gigs. Now her creators are working on a big virtual concert based on her 'Miku Expo'...
November 13, 2020
Spotify to host ‘Tokyo Super Hits Live 2020’ livestream concert
With Apple Music hosting livestream events with artists and Amazon Music forging ever-closer links with sister company Twitch, the integration of livestreaming and audio streaming is a trend we're keeping an eye on. Now...
November 13, 2020
Country Profile – Japan 2020
Japan’s recorded music market lost 19% of value in the first half of 2020, despite an increase in digital revenue of 11% – but it was a drop that was expected, given the impact of COVID-19.
October 28, 2020
Warner Music’s ADA expands its business to Japan
WMG's distribution division ADA is expanding again: this time to the world's second largest recorded music market. ADA is opening up in Japan just a month after launching its ADA Asia arm in Singapore, while in July the...
October 19, 2020
Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo adds western music with Napster deal
Streaming is finally (if slowly) taking off in Japan, thanks in part to competition from local and global services. One of those belongs to telco NTT DoCoMo, via a partnership with Japanese firm RecoChoku. The service...
September 30, 2020
Covid-19 could encourage global thinking for Japan’s music industry
The Covid-19 pandemic may be encouraging the Japanese music industry to look outwards more, according to Tatsuya Nomura, president of the Federation of Music Producers Japan (FMPJ). Speaking at Music Ally's Sandbox Summit...
September 21, 2020
NetEase Cloud Music says it’s tops for Japanese music in China
China has become an important market for Japanese artists and labels in recent years. Now streaming service NetEase Cloud Music is staking its claim to be the "platform of choice for fans of Japanese music" in China. It's...
August 12, 2020
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