Music Matters, Asia’s premiere music conference, kicked off its 2013 edition in Singapore with a music industry heavyweight: Universal Music Group head of digital Rob Wells whose keynote examined the rapidly evolving Asian music and tech markets and more.
Universal Music Group has appointed Garand Wu Managing Director of Universal Music China. Mr. Wu will oversee Marketing, Promotion, Sales and Finance and will co-manage A&R for Universal Music China's Sunny Chang
Japan’s original international summer music festival, Fuji Rock Festival (July 26-28), has made the initial announcement for its 2013 lineup, headlined by Bjork and the recently reunited Nine Inch Nails.
Nine Inch Nail and Bjork will headline the oldest continuous rock fest in Japan, which started on the slopes of Mt Fuji in 1997 but is now held in Naeba, Niigata prefecture, some 200 miles from the mountain.
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.