EMI Music Japan

  1. Japanese Labels Relaxing Digital Rights Management Copyright Protections

    July 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT The quickly evolving Japanese digital music market has taken another turn: Local labels are either removing or considering removing copy protection for digital downloads. According to reports, Victor Entertainment and Avex Group Holdings are plann ...

  2. EMI Music Japan Expanding Despite Impending Sale, Announces EMI Rocks Will Be Annual Event

    March 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT From left: Ryo Takagi Producer of EMI Rocks; EMI Japan President & CEO San-e Ichii; EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon backstage at EMI Rocks 2012 at the Saitama Super Arena outside of Tokyo. (Photo: Rob Schwartz) Despite its unclear situation due to t ...

  3. Amazon Japan Launches MP3 Store

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Amazon MP3 store has launched in Japan - a market where labels have been holding out on DRM-free music. Japan's iTunes store is still DRM-enabled with Apple's FairPlay DRM system. So far EMI Music Japan is the only major to license i ...

  4. EMI Signs Hikaru Utada To Worldwide Deal

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Some good news for EMI Music who just lost Queen to Universal Music Group: they have signed best-selling Japanese singer Hikaru Utada to a worldwide deal. Utada is one of the most successful singers of all time in Japan. According to EMI, 9.9 mill ...

  5. Business Matters: Best Buy, Bamajam, LimeWire and more

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BEST BUYS LOOKS TOWARD GAMING -- As Billboard already reported, Best Buy shares dropped 6% on weaker-than-expected quarterly profits. The company did not reveal much about music sales, but it did make clear the category was among the losers last q ...

  6. Japan Loses One-Quarter of Physical Sales

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The sales decline in Japan, the world's biggest market for physical product, is steeper than initial reports suggested: latest figures say values dropped 27% during 2009. A new report published by Soft Information Planning (SIP), which operat ...

  7. Japanese Labels Reach Settlement With File-Sharers

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A settlement has been reach between 23 record labels in Japan and two people found to have used WinMX software to illegally upload music files. The two were caught when the ISP they were using provided information about their activities to the aut ...

  8. Ichii Appointed President, CEO EMI Music Japan

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT San-e Ichii has been appointed president and CEO of Tokyo-based EMI Music Japan effective Oct. 1, replacing Shoji Doyama, who left the company June 30. Ichii, previously senior managing director and chief financial officer at Tokyo-based Warner Mu ...

  9. Microsoft Recruits EMI Japan Pres Doyama

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Japan president Shoji Doyama will join Microsoft Japan as vice president in charge of consumer and online business effective July 1, the Tokyo-based subsidiary of the U.S. computer company has reported. Neither Doyama nor EMI Music Japan ...

  10. Exile Wins Big At MTV Japan Awards

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Male R&B vocal group Exile were the big winners at this year's edition of the MTV Video Music Awards Japan, which were presented May 31 at the Saitama Super Arena north of Tokyo. The group, which is signed to Tokyo-based label Avex, bagge ...

  11. Changes Coming For EMI South East Asia

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The axe is hovering over some of EMI's Asian operations. Well-placed sources at the music major say staff in south east Asia will be notified tomorrow morning (March 26) of proposed structural changes, which are to be ushered in as part of a ...

  12. Indie Avex Topples Sony In Japan

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Independent label Avex has edged out Sony as Japan's top CD label in market-share terms, according to SoundScan Japan. The music-sales tracking service says that Avex Marketing had a market share of 15.4% in 2007, while Sony Music ...

  13. EMI Japan Presses Button On Mobile Download Site

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Japan has launched a mobile download site on NTT's docomo i-mode and Softbank Mobile's Yahoo! Mobile (Y!keitai) service. The MOBAEMI mobile site will also be available on Japan's other main mobile phone service, KDDI' ...

  14. EMI Japan Enters Management Unit

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based label EMI Music Japan said Thursday (Nov. 29) that it is launching a management company to enhance and broaden the services it offers to artists. EMI Entertainment Japan will manage all areas of artists' careers, including music p ...

  15. EMI Japan Signs Up For YouTube

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Japan has opened a "brand channel" on the Japanese version of YouTube -- the first local record company to do so. "By launching this brand channel, we can provide information on artists, including their new tunes," th ...

  16. Japanese Digital Biz Soars In Q2

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The rapidly-growing popularity of ringback tunes and mobile-based full-track downloads helped power a 23% rise in digital-music sales in Japan to 111.6 million units in the second quarter. In value terms, digital sales -- including mobile and PC-b ...

  17. Utada Breaks Digital Records In Japan

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Female vocalist Utada Hikaru's track "Flavor of Life" could well be the world's all-time biggest-selling digital single, with sales of 7 million units across all digital products and formats, her label EMI Music Japan reports. ...

  18. Toshiba-EMI Changes Name

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Toshiba-EMI will change its name to EMI Music Japan, with effect from June 30. The move follows EMI Group's recent purchase of Toshiba Corp.'s 45% stake in Toshiba-EMI, making the Tokyo-based label a wholly-owned subsidiary of EMI Group. ...

  19. Digital Rights Management (DRM) News And Analysis

    August 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K.'s ERA Throws Support Behind MP3 Britain's Entertainment Retailers Assn. has entered into the debate on DRM-free music. Nov 21, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Lars Brandle UCJ Strips DRM For Online Trial Universal Music Classics & Jaz ...