Music monitoring technology rolls out in Japan and Ghana
There is growing interest among collecting societies in using more technology to monitor the music being played in businesses and public spaces.
January 10, 2022
Livestreaming firm Moment House expands to Japan with Zaiko
Moment House is the livestreaming startup that launched in October 2020 with the likes of Scooter Braun, Troy Carter and Patreon CEO Jack Conte as investors, before raising another $12m in August this year.
November 11, 2021
Japan and South Korea begin to ease live-events restrictions
Slowly, and not always as surely as our industry would like, the live music industry is opening up again after its Covid-19 shutdowns.
November 4, 2021
Music NFTs news: Opulous x Line, Timbaland, Interpol…
There is another flurry of stories about music and NFTs to report on today, including Interpol with David Lynch
October 28, 2021
Sony Music launches Jam Star music recording app in Japan
It’s an app for eight-track recording, but it also has built-in community features including the ability to create songs with other users.
October 27, 2021
MQA founder talks music quality, streaming and immersive audio
As the founder of music technology firm MQA – and before that of Meridian Audio – Bob Stuart has plenty of views on audio quality and the evolution of music services. This week, he shared them in a keynote interview...
September 10, 2021
Now Apple will let ‘reader’ apps link out to manage accounts
There is more news on how Apple is adjusting its App Store policies in response to regulatory pressures around the world. Japan is the focus this time.
September 2, 2021
Space Shower Fuga signs deals with 15 Japanese music services
Last year, distributor Fuga announced a partnership with Space Shower Networks to launch a joint venture in Japan in 2021. Now it has opened for business.
September 2, 2021
Japanese distributor NexTone adds digital ArtLed division
We reported earlier this week on the growth of the music streaming market in Japan, but also on the still-bumpy transition for a country where physical sales are still the biggest chunk of industry revenues. That industry...
June 16, 2021
Japan’s physical decline still outweighs streaming growth
Revenues from music streaming subscriptions in Japan grew by 128% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, according to figures published by industry body the RIAJ. Those subscriptions generated ¥14.62bn (around $133.4m)...
June 15, 2021
Tokyo’s Suntory Hall venue launches its digital version
Suntory Hall is a popular music venue in Tokyo, but like others across the world has been closed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now it is making its move in livestreaming with the launch of 'Digital Suntory Hall'. It plans...
May 24, 2021
Japanese recorded music industry hopes for recovery in 2021
Japanese music industry body the RIAJ expects the recorded music market there to make a modest recovery in 2021, after a difficult 2020 in which overall revenues fell by 9%. That included a 15% drop in physical music sales...
May 14, 2021