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  1. Summer Sonic, Japan's Biggest Int'l Fest, Kicks Off This Weekend With Rihanna, Green Day, Gotye, Mac Miller

    August 17, 2012 11:48 AM EDT Summer Sonic, Japan's biggest summer music fest that features international repertoire, is set to rock Tokyo bay once again. This year's line-up features first-timer Rihanna, regulars Green Day as well as Gotye, Mac Miller, Pitbull, Fran ...

  2. Japanese Mobile Company NTT DoCoMo Acquires Majority Interest in Tower Records Japan

    June 12, 2012 12:14 PM EDT http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/news/e3i8bd724a7a615a7fe4a477dc1b1d7ac2d. Glenn Peoples Global Digital and Mobile ...

  3. Ke$ha Postpones Japanese Tour; Japanese Music Industry Continues Diaster Relief

    March 21, 2011 8:29 AM EDT While the fears of a nuclear catastrophe have substantially subsided in Japan, the death toll has risen to over 8,000 and tens of thousands more remain in need of help. The music industry in the country continues to step up to offer support. Tokyo ...

  4. Japanese Music Industry Aiding Disaster Relief

    March 17, 2011 12:00 PM EDT As the depth of the Japan crisis becomes better known, the nation's music industry continues offering help . Johnny & Associates, the powerhouse Japanese music management company/agency, announced that they have canceled all domestic conc ...

  5. Warner Music Japan President/CEO Dead At 48

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Japan president and CEO Takashi Yoshida has died aged 48, WMG has confirmed. According to reports in the Nikkei Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun, police are treating his death as a suspected suicide. The reports state that ...

  6. JASRAC Elects New Chairman

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shunichi Tokura has been elected chairman of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC). Tokura started in the role on Aug. 12 with his term of office concluding March 2012. JASRAC's former chairman Toru Fun ...

  7. Carrier Meets Content in Japan: Softbank May Buy Stake in Victor

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japanese telecommunications company Softbank is in talks to acquire a stake in Victor Entertainment from JVC Holdings Inc., the Daily Yomiuri reported Wednesday. Softbank is expected to buy a minority stake and increase its ownership beyond 50% ov ...

  8. Lady Gaga Bags 5 MTV Japan Award Noms

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga has picked up five nominations for this year’s MTV Japan Video Music Awards, to be held May 29 at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. The singer was nominated five times for her global hit “Poker Face,” including nods for best video, best ...

  9. Massive Attack, Muse Confirmed For Fuji Rock Fest

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Japan's leading one-location music event, Fuji Rock Festival, has announced some of the main headliners for its 14th edition, to be held July 30 to Aug. 1. The lead acts announced so far include Massive Attack, Muse, Ian Brown, Air, Vampire W ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Japan To Tackle Music Piracy On Cell Phones

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The telecom and music industry bodies in Japan will reportedly implement a system to automatically check cell phone Web sites for illegal music files, in order to prevent the files from being uploaded or downloaded in breach of copyright law. The ...

  12. Japan Set To Extend Posthumous Copyright

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Recently elected Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has vowed to extend posthumous copyright protection on compositions from 50 to 70 years. Speaking at a party celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of JASRAC, the Japanese comp ...

  13. Japan Honors Industry Veteran Kei Ishizaka

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Following a long and distinguished career in the music industry, Kei Ishizaka has been awarded the Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon by the Japanese government. Ishizaka is currently the Chairman/CEO of trade body the Recording Industry Assoc. of Ja ...

  14. Japanese Physical Shipments Down 17%

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Figures from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for the January-June 2009 period showed the continued slide in physical shipments of music in Japan, with a 17% decline compared to the same period last year. International repertoire ...

  15. Japan Cracks Down On Internet Copyright Violation

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Japanese authorities are cracking down on the illegal distribution of music files over the Internet. The operators of a bulletin board system called One Touch have been warned to stop using copyright-protected material. Five teenagers, who were al ...

  16. Report: Case Dropped Against Japan Pop Star

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Prosecutors have decided not to charge a Japanese pop star who was arrested for allegedly getting naked while drunk in a Tokyo park, media reports said Friday (May 1). Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, a 34-year-old member of the popular group SMAP, would not be ...

  17. Japanese Pop Star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi Arrested

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT J-pop superstar Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, a member of the leading group SMAP, was arrested early Thursday (April 23) morning for indecent exposure. Police found Kusanagi in a park near the nightlife district of Roppongi in Tokyo and he was reportedly com ...

  18. Coldplay, Ne-Yo Up For MTV Video Music Awards Japan

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2009 nominations have been announced, with Coldplay, Ne-Yo and Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro landing three apiece. With domestic and overseas artists nominated in all 15 categories, the awards on May 30 will be s ...

  19. Weezer, Fall Out Boy For Fuji Rock 2009

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT International acts Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Franz Ferdinand are among the first acts confirmed for headline slots at this year's Fuji Rock Festival, Japan's leading annual outdoor music event. The 13th edition of the festival will take p ...

  20. Japanese Physical Market Declines 3.9%

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST SoundScan Japan released figures for the recorded music market in Japan in 2008 and the results showed a market continuing to decline overall, despite rising sales of domestic repertoire. The figures also put Avex in pole position again based on m ...

  21. Name-Change For Japanese Visual-kei Band Versailles

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japanese visual-kei indie band Versailles has been forced to change its name to Versailles Philharmonic Quintet. The move came after American female artist Diana St. Hilaire, who uses the artist name Versailles, registered it as a trademark in the ...

  22. Japanese Labels Deny Master-Ringtone Monopoly

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Four Japanese labels have filed lawsuits seeking nullification of a July 24 ruling by the government's Fair Trade Commission that they violated the Antimonopoly Law by allegedly preventing other companies from entering the master-ringtone bus ...

  23. JVC Mobile Encourages Users to Sing 'Carstereoke'

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Get ready to see L.A. quartet Steel Panther singing karaoke in a car. The band that specializes in early 80s heavy metal parody/tribute will be the centerpiece of a new campaign from JVC Mobile Entertainment. The campaign, by independent ad agency ...

  24. BPI Plots Japan Trade Mission

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI will launch its trade mission to Japan on Aug. 3 in conjunction with the program of events to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.K. and Japan. The U.K. music industry trade body is running its Japan trip for t ...

  25. Coldplay, Pistols, Verve Set For Summer Sonic

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Coldplay has announced its first show of 2008 at Japan's Summer Sonic festival, to be held Aug. 9 in Tokyo and the following day in Osaka. The group will be flanked by the Verve, the Sex Pistols, the Prodigy, Alicia Keys and Fatboy Slim, amon ...

  26. Fuji Rocks In July

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST This year's Fuji Rock Festival will be held July 25-27 at the Naeba ski resort in Niigata Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, promoter Smash Corp. has confirmed. Tokyo-based Smash Corp. president Masahiro Hidaka says that because 2008 marks 150 y ...

  27. KDDI Boasts 150M LISMO Download Sales

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said that a total of 150 million songs had been downloaded via its LISMO Music Store download service as of Oct. 2. LISMO Music Store, which launched in November 2004 as a mobile-based download se ...

  28. MyMTV Mobile SNS Goes Live In Japan

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Viacom International Japan K.K., a 100%-owned subsidiary of music-TV service MTV Networks, has today launched Japan's first mobile entertainment social-networking service. The myMTV service claims to be the first in the country to use a downl ...

  29. Linkin Park, Local Stars Kickstart Live Earth Japan

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Every July 7, the people of Japan celebrate Tanabata, or the Star Festival, making it an auspicious date for the two local star-studded Live Earth climate change concerts. An estimated 12,000 people at the Makuhari Messe venue in Chiba Prefecture, ...

  30. Linkin Park To Perform Live Earth Japan Concert

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japan will host two live-music events as part of the 24-hour, 7-continent Live Earth concert series to combat global warming on July 7, organizers said today. The Makuhari Messe venue, in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, will be the scene of a day ...

  31. Cahoon Joins iTunes Japan

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Tower Records Japan CEO Keith Cahoon has been appointed to the newly created position of director of iTunes Japan, Billboard has learned. At press time it was not known to whom Cahoon will report. Industry sources say Cahoon's appointm ...

  32. Wireless Operator Preps Flat-Rate Mobile Music Service

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japanese wireless operator NTT DoCoMo is set to introduce a flat-rate mobile music service this coming May, according to reports. The Japanese financial daily Nikkei writes that the operator will let subscribers download an unlimited number of son ...

  33. Japan's KDDI Plans U.S. Launch

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japanese wireless operator KDDI is planning to launch service in the U.S. The company will lease Sprint's network to offer its service to Japanese residents of the U.S., and later offer prepaid services for visiting tourists, according to a J ...

  34. Label Mobile Rolls Out Clips On NTT DoCoMo

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Label Mobile, a mobile-content provider owned by leading Japan record labels, said today that it has launched a music video-clip service on NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile carrier. The videos, which can viewed as full-length tracks or as v ...

  35. Napster Japan Rolls Out KDDI Services

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan has launched master ringtone and full-song download services on No. 2 Japanese telecom KDDI's "Ezweb" mobile Internet interface. The deal with KDDI, which boasts some 20 million subscribers, brings the total number of ...

  36. Avex Sets Up In China

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beijing office launches Nov. 18. Tokyo-based independent label Avex has become the first Japanese record company to set up a subsidiary in mainland China. Beijing-based Avex China was formally established Nov. 16 and began operations on Nov. 18, a ...

  37. Avex Sets Up In China

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based independent label Avex has become the first Japanese record company to set up a subsidiary in mainland China. Tokyo-based independent label Avex has become the first Japanese record company to set up a subsidiary in mainland China. Bei ...

  38. Source: Windswept For Sale

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Beverly Hills, Ca.-based music publisher Windswept Holdings is up for sale, according to an informed industry source. As previously reported in Billboard , Beverly Hills, Ca.-based music publisher Windswept Holdings is up for sale. According to an ...

  39. Source: Windswept For Sale

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Beverly Hills, Ca.-based music publisher Windswept Holdings is up for sale, according to an informed industry source. Beverly Hills, Ca.-based music publisher Windswept Holdings is up for sale, according to an informed industry source. The source ...

  40. Japan's DoCoMo, Microsoft Partner

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Paves way for launch of mobile-based download service. NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile phone operator, and Microsoft have forged a collaboration that paves the way for the launch of DoCoMo's own mobile-based music download service. Tw ...

  41. Japan's Chaku-uta Surpasses 30M Download Milestone

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full music download service had racked up sales of 30 million songs as of Dec. 28. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full music dow ...

  42. Report: Warner Music Wins Copyright Suit

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A local arm of U.S.-based Warner Music has won a lawsuit against a Chinese karaoke firm that played its music videos without permission, state media said today (Oct. 18). A local arm of U.S.-based Warner Music has won a lawsuit against a Chinese k ...

  43. Rakuten Requests Merger With Japan's TBS TV

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest online shopping mall, Rakuten, emerged as the largest shareholder in a major TV broadcaster Oct. 13 as burgeoning Internet ventures increasingly target media companies for takeovers. TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's biggest online s ...

  44. Yoda Re-Emerges At Japanese Indie Dreamusic

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Avex chairman/CEO Tom Yoda has been named chairman/CEO of independent record company Dreamusic. Yoda, who owns 72% of the Tokyo-based company, had been named special advisor in January, and th Former Avex chairman/CEO Tom Yoda has been name ...

  45. KDDI Reaches 10M Mobile Download Milestone

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japanese service launched November 2004. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full mobile-based full-song download service had racked up 10 million downloads as of June 15. Chaku-uta Full, which launched Nov. ...

  46. KDDI Reaches 10M Mobile Download Milestone

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full mobile-based full-song download service had racked up 10 million downloads as of June 15. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Fu ...

  47. Karaoke Producer Sues Competitors

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Karaoke music producer Sybersound Records has filed suit in the United States and Canada against a number of other karaoke record manufacturers, alleging unfair competition, unfair trade practices and NEW YORK -- Karaoke music producer Sybersound ...

  48. Japan's Livedoor Battle Ends With Alliance

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A rare takeover battle that gripped Japan ended in a $622 million deal April 18 when Internet service company Livedoor Inc. agreed to sell one of its divisions to media conglomerate Fuji Television Ne TOKYO (AP) -- A rare takeover battle that grip ...

  49. Sato: Livedoor Takeover Poses Threat To Pony Canyon

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Osamu Sato, president of Tokyo-based record company Pony Canyon, says the label would suffer "incredible damage" if Internet service provider Livedoor succeeds in its hostile takeover bid for AM radio TOKYO -- Osamu Sato, president of To ...

  50. Sato: Takeover Poses Threat To Pony Canyon

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Livedoor moving in on Fujisankei company. Livedoor moving in on Fujisankei company. News ...

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