Recording Industry Association of Japan

  1. 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 ...

  2. Japan's Digital Music Services Leap Forward; Sony Music Unlimited Launches With All Four Majors

    July 03, 2012 11:37 AM EDT Sony Corporation announced the launch in Japan of Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music subscription service that will offer users over 10 million songs. The service will make tracks from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Universal Music LLC (Japan ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. A Global Goodbye For Japan Pop Star Hikaru Utada

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Japanese pop star Hikaru Utada, one of the country's best-selling artists of all time, is calling it quits at the end of the year, but not before performing for fans this week in a concert that will be streamed live online. The New York-born ...

  5. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  8. 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% ...

  9. RIAJ Launches Promotional Websites

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) has launched English and Chinese Web sites to promote Japanese music internationally. The Web sites were jointly developed with industry groups such as the Visual Industry Promotion Organiza ...

  10. Digital Sales Rise In Japan

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Steady growth in sales of ringback tunes and mobile-based full-track downloads helped power a 6% rise in digital-music sales in Japan to 120.8 million units in the first quarter. In value terms, digital sales -- including mobile- and PC-based down ...

  11. Downloads Boost Digital Growth In Japan, Says RIAJ

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital music downloads continued to show substantial growth in Japan in 2007, according to data released Feb. 21 by local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. Downloads totaled 465 million units, up 26% over 2006, for a value of ¥75 ...

  12. Japan Reports H1 Market Decline

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese music market -- the world's second-biggest -- fared poorly in the first half of 2007, at least in terms of physical product, according to new data released by labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. Production of pre-r ...

  13. Ishizaka Named RIAJ Chairman

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Japan chairman/CEO Keiichi Ishizaka has been named chairman of local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan, effective July 1. Ishizaka replaces Osamu Sato, who has been RIAJ chairman since August 2004. Global Keiichi Is ...

  14. Koda Honored At Japan's Gold Disc Awards

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Female vocalist Kumi Koda (Avex) was named domestic artist of the year for the second year in a row at the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan's 21st annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony, held March 13 in Tokyo. The awards are based on net shipment ...

  15. Mobile Dominates Japan's Digital Biz

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mobile continues to be the digital download medium of choice in Japan, according to data released by local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. Mobile-based music downloads totaled 344.1 million in calendar 2006, up 33%, for a wholes ...

  16. Japanese Market Dips In First Three Quarters

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese music market -- the world's second-biggest -- showed a slight decline in the first three quarters of 2006, based on January-September production data released by labels body the Recording The Japanese music market -- the world� ...

  17. RIAJ Launches Master Ringtone Chart

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Labels trade group the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) today (Sept. 20) introduced a monthly master-ringtone chart as well as gold and platinum certifications for master ringtones and full-so Labels trade group the Recording Industry Assn ...

  18. RIAJ Digital Sales Soar In Q1

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT PC-based music downloads in Japan increased by 434% in volume terms to 5.9 million units in the January-March quarter compared to the first quarter of 2005, according to new data released by labels bo PC-based music downloads in Japan increased by ...

  19. Mobile Downloads Dominate Japan Q3 Digital Biz

    November 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Mobile accounts for 90%-plus of all downloads. Mobile downloads are by far the most popular digital distribution medium in Japan, according to quarterly data released Thursday (Nov. 24) by labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. The RIA ...

  20. Mobile Downloads Dominate Japan Q3 Digital Biz

    November 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Mobile downloads are by far the most popular digital distribution medium in Japan, according to quarterly data released Thursday (Nov. 24) by labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. The RIA Mobile downloads are by far the most popular d ...

  21. Japanese Market Continues Decline In 2004

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Japanese music market -- the world's second-biggest -- continued to contract last year, according to sales data published today (Feb. 8) by the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. The Japanese music market -- the world's second-bigges ...

  22. Japanese Market Decline Continues In 2004

    December 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Japanese music market, the world's second-largest, continued to decline in 2004, according to preliminary year-end shipment data from the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. The Japanese music market, the world's second-largest, conti ...

  23. Japanese Labels Seek IDs Of File Sharers

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Seven Japanese labels sent warning letters Nov. 15 to Internet service providers, demanding that they disclose the names of individuals who have allegedly uploaded unauthorized music files to the Inte TOKYO -- Seven Japanese labels sent warning le ...

  24. Japan's RIAJ Steps Up P2P Battle

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Seven Japanese labels sent warning letters on Nov. 15 to Internet service providers demanding that they disclose the names of individuals who have allegedly used file-exchange software to upload unaut TOKYO -- Seven Japanese labels sent warning le ...

  25. Japan's RIAJ Steps Up P2P Battle

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Seven Japanese labels yesterday (Nov. 15) sent warning letters to Internet service providers demanding that they disclose the names of individuals who have allegedly used file-exchange software to upl Seven Japanese labels yesterday (Nov. 15) sent ...

  26. Japan's RIAJ Steps Up P2P Battle

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Seven Japanese labels yesterday (Nov. 15) sent warning letters to Internet service providers demanding that they disclose the names of individuals who have allegedly used file-exchange software to upl Seven Japanese labels yesterday (Nov. 15) sent ...

  27. Japan's RIAJ Steps Up P2P Battle

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Seven Japanese labels yesterday (Nov. 15) sent warning letters to Internet service providers demanding that they disclose the names of individuals who have allegedly used file-exchange software to upl Seven Japanese labels yesterday (Nov. 15) sent ...

  28. RIAJ Appoints Sato Chairman

    September 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (August 2) today confirmed Osamu Sato as its new chairman. Sato, 62, is president of leading Japanese label Pony Canyon. The Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (August 2) today confirmed Osamu Sato as its new c ...

  29. RIAJ Appoints Kobayashi To Board

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Toshio Kobayashi has been named to the board of directors of Japanese labels group the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ). Toshio Kobayashi has been named to the board of directors of Japanese labels group the Recording Industry Assn. of Jap ...

  30. Japan's RIAJ Steps Up P2P Campaign

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japanese labels have begun issuing warnings to individuals using peer-to-peer services to upload music files without authorization. Japanese labels have begun issuing warnings to individuals using peer-to-peer services to upload music files withou ...

  31. Japan's RIAJ Steps Up P2P Campaign

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japanese labels have begun issuing warnings to individuals using peer-to-peer services to upload music files without authorization. Japanese labels have begun issuing warnings to individuals using peer-to-peer services to upload music files withou ...

  32. Japanese Labels Battle Parallel Importing

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Japanese industry organization the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) has set Jan. 1, 2005, as the target date for the introduction of a new trade law giving Japanese labels the right to ban imp Japanese industry organization the Recording I ...

  33. Japanese Labels Battle Parallel Importing

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Japanese industry organization the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) has set Jan. 1, 2005, as the target date for the introduction of a new trade law giving Japanese labels the right to ban imp Japanese industry organization the Recording I ...