Japanese music

  1. Tokyo International Music Market Attracts Labels, Publishers, Search For Next PSY

    October 30, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Now in it's 9th year the Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) has been integrated into the larger CoFesta, or Japan's general entertainment content fair, for the last six editions. This year, for the first time, the event was held at ...

  2. Opportunities for Western & Asian Tours Increase in Japan

    August 08, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Japanese fans couldn't get enough of Lady Gaga. During the American superstar's "Born This Way" tour of Japan, Gaga played the Saitama Super Arena in May and sold out one show. Then another. Then another. In all, Gaga moved 96, ...

  3. Radiohead Headlines, Onda Vaga Lights Up 16th Annual Fuji Rock Festival

    August 08, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Fuji Rock Festival has had one of its most heavily attended editions in years, and it was sunny and warm to boot. The three-day fest held at a ski resort on Mt. Naeba in Niigata prefecture, Japan had seen significant rain every year since 2003 but ...

  4. Sony Music's Quarter: A Closer Look

    August 02, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Sony Corp.'s music operations -- which consist of three separate companies, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) -- experienced a drop in sales and income as the music category posted 7.3 bi ...

  5. Japan's Fuji Rock Fest -- Featuring Radiohead, Stone Roses and Many Other Brits -- Kicks Off Friday

    July 25, 2012 10:50 AM EDT The granddaddy of all the modern Japanese rock fest, Fuji Rock, is hosting a line-up that seems influenced by the London Olympics, which start on the same day. Skip To Bottom The 16th annual Fuji Rock Festival, which starts Friday and runs through ...

  6. Lady Gaga To Appear Live on Japanese New Year's Eve Show

    December 27, 2011 10:30 AM EST Lady Gaga has just announced she will appear on Japanese national broadcaster NHK's four-hour plus year-end music extravaganza special called Kohaku Uta Gassen, or the Red and White Singing Contest. Kohaku is broadcast every year in Japan fro ...

  7. Japan's Major Labels Push Back Music Releases

    March 24, 2011 12:59 PM EDT Amid the triple disasters of the Tohoko-Kanto Great Earthquake (as it is now being called), the tsunami and radiation contamination, major labels in Japan are pushing back their March album and DVD releases to April and beyond. Some of the artists ...

  8. Lachie Rutherford Appointed Warner Music Japan CEO

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Lachie Rutherford has been named CEO Warner Music Japan (WMJ), following the recent death of Takashi Yoshida. In addition to his new role, Rutherford will continue to serve as president, Warner Music Asia Pacific and chairman Warn ...

  9. Keane Arrives At U.K. Chart Summit

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British melodic rock band Keane achieved their fourth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album with "Night Train" (Universal Island) as the Official Charts Company confirmed the new sales charts on Sunday night (May 16). Roll Deep 's "Good ...

  10. Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle Boost Sony Results

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp's Music division - including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) and the 50% stake in Sony/ATV - reported a 35% year-on-year increase in sales to 522.6 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended ...

  11. Ayumi Hamasaki, Kumi Koda For Avex Touring Fest

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japan's powerhouse domestic label Avex Group Holdings announced the line-up for the ninth edition of its touring festival, a-nation. The festival once again features a mix of Avex's top acts and up-and-coming artists. In 2010 the event c ...

  12. Beatles, Jackson Honored At Japan's Gold Disc Awards

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has handed out its Gold Disc Awards, with boy band Arashi and the Beatles among the winners. The Feb. 24 awards, the 24th edition of the ceremony, celebrated the artists that have sold the most in ...

  13. Sony Corp's Music Revenues Inch Up

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp has issued third quarter results showing the first profit in five quarters at the Tokyo-based company, following its restructuring. The electronics company's music arm, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Ja ...

  14. Exile Triumphs At Billboard Japan Music Awards 2009

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Exile was the big winner at the inaugural Billboard Japan Music Awards, held at the Billboard Live venue in the Roppongi Midtown shopping and business complex in central Tokyo. Chart-topping 14-member pop act Exile picked up artist of the year 200 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. @MIDEM: Sony Japan's Morita Wants Tougher Piracy Law

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Masao Morita, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) chairman and representative director, used his MIDEM keynote to call for tougher government action on illegal downloading. The Japanese government introduced a revised copyright law to make unaut ...

  17. Owl City Flies To UK Chart Peak

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Owl City's former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Fireflies" (Universal Island) climbed to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart, while another Island release, Florence and the Machine's debut album "Lungs," started a s ...

  18. Avex Revenue Rises, Losses Widen

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Japan's Avex Group Holdings has issued its financial report for the first quarter (April 1 to June 30, 2009), which showed revenues up by 2.1% compared with the same quarter last year. In the first quarter of this fiscal year, total revenue f ...

  19. Sony To Acquire Stake In DEAG Classics

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is to acquire a stake in the European classical music business of DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG. Effective July 7, Sony will acquire 49% of the capital of DEAG Classics AG (Berlin) for an undisclosed eight-figure euro amo ...

  20. Avex Sales Revenue Up 12.6%

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Avex Group Holdings of Japan reported strong sales figures in its financial results for the fiscal year ending March, 2009. Avex Group continues the run that has catapulted them to the largest market share of physical sales in Japan last calendar ...

  21. Swine Flu Forces Japanese Pop Acts To Cancel Shows

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Industry-leading record label and management company Avex has canceled concerts by highly popular artists due to the swine flu outbreak in Western Japan. The H1N1 virus has spread in the Kansai (Western Japan) region much quicker than in the Tokyo ...

  22. Hostess Strikes Digital Deal with Avex

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Japan's Hostess Entertainment has signed an agreement on a digital support-based strategic partnership with Avex Marketing Inc. The deal means that the division of the Avex Group will provide back end support services and, together with the i ...

  23. Japan's A-Nation Touring Fest Returns

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The a-nation festival of Avex artists is set to embark on a summer tour of Japan for the eighth time. J-pop chart-toppers Ayumi Hamasaki and Kumi Koda will once again headline the line-up, which will also include TRF, Every Little Thing, Do As Inf ...

  24. Hostess, Sony Partner In Japan

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hostess Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) have reached an agreement on a services and support-based strategic partnership that will see the various entities of SMEJ provide a broad range of backing to Hostess and its artists in Ja ...

  25. Exile, Madonna Honored At RIAJ Gold Disc Awards

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Japanese pop act Exile and Madonna were among the winners at the 23rd edition of the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) Gold Disc Awards at Tokyo International Forum in the Yurakucho district of Tokyo. The awards, held March 2, celebra ...

  26. Universal Leaps To No. 1 In Japan

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Japan has become the market leader ahead of Avex Group Holdings according to new figures from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). The market share for UMJ in 2008 was 16.8%, up from 15.9% in 2007, compared to 15.9% ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. The Orchard Branches Further Into Japan

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music distributor The Orchard has formed an alliance with Japan's principal independent music company, Avex, which is a key shareholder in Japanese mobile content joint venture, Label Mobile. The news was announced today (Jan. 19) on ...

  29. J-pop Producer Komuro Arrested

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tetsuya Komuro, the J-pop producer and songwriter who ruled the Japanese pop scene in the 1990s, has been arrested on fraud charges. The man who produced million-seller hits for Namie Amuro, and a host of others, has been taken into custody by pol ...

  30. Usen Corp. Unveils On-Demand CD Kiosks

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based cable broadcaster and broadband supplier Usen Corp. has set up a new company with independent labels Avex Group Holdings Inc. and Victor Entertainment Inc. to produce on-demand music CDs over the counter at dedicated kiosks in Japanese ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. SMEJ Financials On The Up

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), has reported healthy sales results for the year ended March 31, 2008, largely on the strength of solid performances by its core label and distribution businesses. Revenue for S ...

  33. Reunited X Japan Confirm U.S., Europe Dates

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Visual-kei band X Japan, fresh from three triumphant reunion shows this past weekend at the 50,000-capacity Tokyo Dome, have announced their first-ever overseas shows. At an April 3 press conference in Tokyo the group said they will play a gig at ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Sony Japan Reports Solid Full-Year Sales

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Friday reported healthy sales results for the year ended March 31, 2007, largely on the strength of a solid performance by its non-core businesses. Revenue for SMEJ and its 44 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Oricon To Shutter Download Service

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Plug pulled at end of November. Japanese music trade magazine Oricon has revealed that its Oricon Style PC-based music-download service will cease operations at the end of November. Tokyo-based Oricon said on Oct. 31 that the service, which was in ...

  40. Orange Range Juice Up SMEJ Revenue

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), on Friday (April 28) reported mixed results for the year ended March 31, 2006. Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), on Friday (April 28) repor ...

  41. Report: Avex To Open In China

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Leading Japanese independent label Avex will soon set up a subsidiary in mainland China, according to a report. Avex president/CEO Max Matsuura is understood to be overseeing the China expansion proje Leading Japanese independent label Avex will s ...

  42. Usen To Scale Back Avex Stake

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based cable-radio operator Usen has revealed plans to sell off more than half its 21.3% stake in Avex Group Holdings, Japan's biggest independent record label. Tokyo-based cable-radio operator Usen has revealed plans to sell off more th ...

  43. Japan's Victor Inks iTunes Content Deal

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony, BMG, Warner yet to sign up. Tokyo-based label Victor Entertainment has begun making its repertoire available on the Japanese version of iTunes Music Store, with effect from today (Dec. 21). VE will initially offer 208 tracks from 18 albums b ...

  44. Japan's Avex, Usen Strengthen S.M. Shareholding

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based cable-radio operator Usen Broad Networks is buying a 4.44% stake in South Korean label/management company S.M. Entertainment. At the same time. leading Japanese independent label Avex -- w Tokyo-based cable-radio operator Usen Broad Ne ...

  45. Yoda Re-Emerges At Japanese Indie Dreamusic

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Avex chairman/CEO Tom Yoda has been named chairman/CEO of independent record company Dreamusic. TOKYO -- Former Avex chairman/CEO Tom Yoda has been named chairman/CEO of independent record company Dreamusic. Yoda, who owns 72% of the Tokyo- ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Avex Signs Up To iTunes

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Avex, Japan's biggest independent label, has licensed its repertoire to Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store. Avex is the first Japanese record company to reach such an agreement with iTunes, the Japan Avex, Japan's biggest independe ...

  48. Avex Signs Up To iTunes

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Avex, Japan's biggest independent label, has licensed its repertoire to Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store. Avex is the first Japanese record company to reach such an agreement with iTunes, the Japan Avex, Japan's biggest independe ...

  49. Live 8 Unveils Tokyo Line-up

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bjork to perform first concert in Japan in two years. Bjork will perform live for the first time in two years at the Japan Live 8 show on July 2, organizers of the event announced today (June 24). The Icelandic artist will be headlining a bill tha ...

  50. SMEJ Reports Revenue Gains

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), today (April 28) reported increased sales for the year ending March 31, 2004. Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), today (April 28) reported i ...

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