In the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami in northeast Japan and the resultant radiation leaks, Japanese artists are reaching out to offer help. In touring news, Slash is the latest artist to cancel shows there.
The disastrous earthquake that occurred Friday in northeastern Japan, as well as the resulting tsunami and nuclear reactor disruptions, are a tragedy felt the world over. The music industry is one of many sectors profoundly affected by the tragedy.
Once a bright spot in Japan's music industry, overall digital music sales were down 6% in 2010. J-Pop artist Kana Nishino was the leading seller, and if the RIAJ has its way, we may soon be hearing her songs.
Billboard Japan held its second annual Music Awards in central Tokyo. Taking top honors this year were Exile, AKB48, Kana Nishino, Sid and Nana Mizuki. American musicians Chakah Kahn, Debbie Gibson and Nick Carter performed.