In 2012, physical shipments in Japan bucked world trends, rising in a year-on-year comparison with 2011, according to figures just released by the Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). It was Japan's first year-on-year rise since 1998 and is a reminder of how resilient the Japanese physical market is.
Shanghai, the largest in China, has seen a surge of top-level international acts touring the city, and the trend looks set to continue. In a first for the metropolis, Western superstars played on back-to-back nights: Elton John on Nov. 23, Jennifer Lopez on Nov. 24 – both of which sold out – and big Brit boy band Blue also played over the same weekend.
The first annual Music Industry Conference (MIC) 2012 Taiwan took place last week and featured participants such as legendary Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner, songwriters Iggy Strange Dahl and Hayden Bell, Attack Media Group's Mark Berry and MusicDish's Eric de Fontenay. The conference focused on capitalizing on the greater China market, exporting Asian music to the West, and finding ways to collaborate.
MU:CON Seoul 2012, the first international music conference in Seoul, South Korea, was a big success and featured discussion on the Asian music industry though all discussion inevitably seemed to return to PSY and his breakout global success. Though Sandy prevented some U.S. presenters from attending -- including keynote speaker William Derella, the Black Eyed Peas manager -- YouTube's John Hirai and Doggy Style President and Far East Movement manager Ted Chung more than filled the void.
Now in it’s 9th year the Tokyo International Music Market played host to a wide swath of the music industry with particpants that included Sony Music Artists Japan, Avex Holdings Group, SXSW, Bureau Export France, execs from UMG publishing and Activision and more than a few who said they want to find the next PSY.
The American Association of Independent Music made an historic trade mission to Shanghai China Sept. 8-10 with 15 indie music companies and their reps, which included: A2IM's Rich Bengloff, Blue Horizon's Seymour Stein, ATO's Stephanie Alexa, Daptone's Cathy Bauer and Ultra's' Adriana Sein. The mission marked the first time a US music industry body met their Chinese counterparts with both governments' approval and participation. It was also the first time some of them got stuck in a Shanghai elevator...