AKB48

  1. Business Matters: Where Were CD Revenues Up in 2012? Japan

    January 28, 2013 8:55 PM EST Subscription services are helping music industry rebounds in countries around the world -- except in Japan. But the market still has good news to share. Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) figures show the country’s CD shipments rose ...

  2. Japan Physical Shipments Buck Trend, Rise

    January 25, 2013 10:10 AM EST 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 199 ...

  3. AKB48, J-Pop's Leading Girl Group, Gets Ready to Go Global With A Regimented Model

    June 12, 2012 11:49 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) -- AKB48 is not exactly a band. It's an army of girls-next-door, ranked by its fans, and after taking Japan by storm it's getting ready to go global. More than 60 girls and young women, split into four teams, make up what is a ...

  4. AKB48 Sweeps Japan Society of Songwriters, Authors and Composers Awards

    May 24, 2012 3:02 PM EDT The J-Pop mega-idol group AKB48 is continuing its dominance of the Japanese music industry. The act grabbed the top four spots in JASRAC's (Japan Society of Songwriters, Authors and Composers) Awards for the tracks that earned the most copyri ...

  5. AKB48, Avril Lavigne Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards

    March 06, 2012 5:28 PM EST Some of Japan's biggest stars streamed into and performed at the third annual Billboard Japan Music Awards. The event was held at the Billboard Live club in Tokyo Midtown, located in Roppongi, central Tokyo. The key award of Billboard Japan A ...

  6. Japanese Artists Band Together to Help; Slash Cancels Shows

    March 16, 2011 7:50 AM EDT In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast of Japan and the resultant radiation leaks, many Japanese artists are reaching out to offer help. Yoshiki from the legendary rock band X Japan has offered his favorite pi ...

  7. Billboard Japan Awards Honor Hitmakers, Exile is Artist of the Year

    February 07, 2011 11:05 AM EST Billboard Japan held its second annual Music Awards at the Tokyo Midtown complex in Roppongi, in central Tokyo, with live performances taking place both at the ceremony and at the Billboard Live venue, which were broadcast on a large screen at the ...