The Zebra Music Festival has emerged as one of the potent forces in China's touring market which is expanding rapidly for rock and pop music. Organized by Zebra Media, a domestic Chinese TV music station and content aggregator, this years fest expanded to six Chinese cities. The Jinshan Beach show near Shanghai included Taiwanese superstar Show Lu, headliner Wanting Qu and Japanese rock chanteuse Yoko Yazawa.
Fuji Rock Festival's 16th year drew 140,000 people, surpassing its usual numbers, with headliners Radiohead and a reunited Stone Roses highlighting a gathering that was -- for the first time in years -- not marred by significant rain.
The granddaddy of all the modern Japanese rock fest, Fuji Rock, is hosting a line-up that seems influenced by the London Olympics, which start on the same day. The festival, which kicks off Friday, features an unusually high number of British acts, including Radiohead, the Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Beady Eye, the Specials, The Ray Davies Band, Elvis Costello and others.
Sony Corporation announced the launch in Japan of Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music subscription service that will offer users over 10 million songs. The service will make tracks from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Universal Music LLC (Japan), Warner Music Japan and EMI Music Japan Inc. available to users across the country.
K-Pop stars had a huge presence at MTV Video Music Awards Japan with 2NE1 (YG Entertainment), Girls Generation (SM Entertainment) and 2PM (JYP Entertainment) all picking up awards. Other winners included Japan's Exile, Perfume and Namie Amuro. Linkin Park performed.