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
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