Recording Industry Association of Japan

  1. Digital, Physical Music Revenue Decline (Again) in Japan

    March 17, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan's annual report of digital music sales shows, yet again, a downward trend over the course of 2013, with overall sales and revenue decreasing from 2012 to 2013. The RIAJ reports Japanese consumers pu ...

  2. Chris Hart Finds Home Abroad in J-pop World

    September 03, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Leaving San Francisco, singer Chris Hart has made himself at home in "J-pop." His album of cover versions of Japanese pop tunes is rising on the charts. And the crooner is scoring on this nation's equivalent of "American Idol ...

  3. Spotify and Rdio Expected to Launch in Japan in Coming Months (Report)

    January 11, 2013 2:08 PM EST Spotify and Rdio are expected to launch in Japan in the next few months, according to a report at Japanese music trade McClure Music.   "Rdio and Spotify will have a positive impact on the Japanese market because they're a great form o ...

  4. Kei Ishizaka Named Chairman, CEO of Warner Music Japan

    October 28, 2011 8:55 AM EDT Kei Ishizaka has been named Chairman & CEO, Warner Music Japan accourding to an announcement by Warner Music Group. Effective Nov. 1, Ishizaka will oversee all aspects of Warner Music Japan's domestic and global repertoire and will report ...

  5. Digital Music Sales Decline in Japan, Industry Looks to Exports

    March 07, 2011 6:25 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released the finals sales data for digital music in 2010 and the results are more than disappointing for an industry that previously looked to this revenue stream as a bright spot. Mobile musi ...

  6. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  7. Japanese Digital Sales Down 5%

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music for the first three quarters of 2010, January through September, and the overall market is down again. Overall the digital music market value for the t ...

  8. Universal Music Japan Chairman Kei Ishizaka To Retire

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kei Ishizaka is to retire from his post as Universal Music Japan (UMJ) chairman at the end of October. Ishizaka had occupied the role of non-executive chairman of the Tokyo-based major since Nov. 1 2009. The respected music exec first joined Unive ...

  9. RIAJ Reveals Weak Digital Sales In Japan

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music that shows the Internet download market growing. But mobile music slipped back, according to the results for January to June 2010. Overall the digital ...

  10. RIAJ Q1 Figures Show Digital Decline

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) released digital music figures for the first quarter of 2010 and they show sales down for mobile, but up for Internet Downloads. Overall sales were down year-on-year. The digital music market in J ...

  11. JASRAC Collections Fall 3.1%

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has reported that its music copyright collections declined again. JASRAC's total collections for the last fiscal year, which ended on March 31, were down 3.1% compared ...

  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. RIAJ: Japanese Digital Market Holds Steady

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) released figures showing that sales of digital music were steady in 2009, with revenue the same as the previous year. Internet downloads continued their rise, while digital units sold via mobile p ...

  14. Japanese Audio Shipments Down 14%

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Figures from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for the January to September 2009 period show a continued downturn in physical shipments of music in Japan. International repertoire also continued to slide. A total of 156.7 million ...

  15. Japanese Govt Set To Crack Down On Mobile Piracy

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government will work with music industry bodies like the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) to attempt to create a new system to prevent mobile phone users from illegally downloading music. The Japanese government's I ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Music Mattters: Kei Ishizaka Calls For New Format

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Asian music industry's Music Matters conference is being held in Hong Kong June 2- 4 and Kei Ishizaka, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) as well as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Japan, gave a key ...

  18. RIAJ Releases Japan Q1 2009 Digital Sales

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music delivery during the January to March 2009 period. Internet downloads are on the rise, while digital units sold via mobile phone are down slightly and s ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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% ...

  21. 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' ...

  22. Illegal Ringtone Distributor Arrested In Japan

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Police in the city of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, arrested a 25-year-old man for illegal master ringtone distribution, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan. The man allegedly started a site offering free music-file downloads ...

  23. RIAJ Backs Copyright Law Extension

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Industry groups push for 70 years duration. The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has joined a group of entertainment and arts organizations that plan to file a joint letter this September urging the Japanese government to extend the ...