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  1. Apple Says To Replace Overheating iPods In Japan

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's Japan unit will replace any iPod nano portable music players that overheat, it said in an online statement, improving an earlier offer to replace only their faulty batteries. The concession came after Japan's trade ministry p ...

  2. Japan Users To Have DoCoMo Option With iPhone 4

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's iPhone could get a sales boost from this month as a Japanese wireless services provider plans to launch a service enabling users to use iPhone 4 on NTT DoCoMo's network. DoCoMo's smaller rival Softbank Corp is currently ...

  3. Culture Convenience Club Nixes HMV Japan Deal

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Tokyo-based retail CD and DVD rental giant Culture Convenience Club (CCC), which operates the industry-leading chain Tsutaya, has annulled its purchase of the HMV Japan chain of retail music stores. On March 25 CCC announced that it would purc ...

  4. Apple Fans Queue For iPhone 4

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of fans flocked to stores in Tokyo to be the first buyers of Apple's iPhone 4 and some lined up in San Francisco as the red-hot smartphone rolls out on Thursday (June 24) in five of the world's six largest economies. Sales of th ...

  5. Spain's Sonar Fest Heads To Chicago

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sonar, Barcelona's experimental and electronic music festival, is to hold its first event in Chicago between Sept. 9-11. Sonar was founded in 1994, but since 2002 has held parallel events outside Spain. Its first excursion into the United Sta ...

  6. HMV Japan To Shutter Flagship Store

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV Japan will shutter its flagship retail location in Tokyo's Shibuya district on Aug. 22. The move is more evidence of the collapse of the physical music market in Japan, which lost 27% of it value in 2009 (Billboard.biz, January 26, 2010) ...

  7. MTV Japan Awards’ Viewing Figures Rise

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viewing figures for this year's MTV Japan Video Music Awards grew by 300,000, rising to 7.5 million from 7.2 million in 2009, according to figures released by MTV Japan. The 2010 awards ceremony, which was this year rebranded "MTV World ...

  8. Buyers Flock As Apple's iPad Hits Asia

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's iPad launched in overseas store shelves on Friday (May 28), with buyers storming Japanese and Australian shops to be among the first outside the United States to snap up the long awaited tablet PC. The device, which has a 9.7-inch ...

  9. Ninja Tunes Marks 20th Anniversary

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Ninja Tune celebrates its 20th anniversary with the release of the Ninja Tune "XX" box set. It includes original artwork from Ninja designer Openmind and three hardcover cases filled with new material and an exclusive hardcove ...

  10. Clouds In The Forecast For Latin Alternative Conference

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference, taking place July 6 –10 at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel, will feature panels on cloud streaming and film and TV placements, among other topics. Those include “The Future of Digital Music; Sobre La ...

  11. Business Matters: Trans World, Ning, Universal Music Group, Google and More

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Entertainment retailer Trans World has received a commitment from Bank of America and other lenders to provide a $100 million revolving credit facility. This new credit agreement amends the previous agreement from January 2006. ( SEC filing ) - ...

  12. U.K. Record Store Day Set To Be Biggest Yet

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are among the high profile names leading the line for the U.K. leg of tomorrow's (April 17) Record Store Day - an event that organizers are confidently predicting will be Britain's bi ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Culture Convenience Club Buys HMV Japan

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Tokyo-based retail CD and DVD rental giant Culture Convenience Club (CCC), which operates the industry-leading chain Tsutaya, is to purchase the HMV Japan chain of retail music stores. CCC announced that it will purchase the company from curre ...

  16. Jay-Z, Smashing Pumpkins To Play Summer Sonic Fest

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Offspring are among the acts confirmed for Japan's 2010 Summer Sonic Festival. The festival, staged in Tokyo and Osaka on Aug. 7 to 8, will also feature the Pixies, Dream Theater, Nickelback, a-ha, Sum 41, ...

  17. Seven & i Holdings To Acquire 21% Of Tower Records Japan

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Tokyo-based retail giant Seven & i Holdings Co., which operates the 7-11 brand of convenience stores and the Ito-Yokado supermarket chain in Japan, will acquire 21.58% of the retail music store chain Tower Records Japan. Seven & i will ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. UPDATE: It's the iPad! Liveblogging The Apple Announcement

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST :32 p.m. - That's a wrap. Check back today for insight and analysis of today's announcements . Below, the new Apple iPad, which will go on sale in March starting at $499. 2:30 p.m. - Jobs in closing: More than 75 million people already ...

  21. Killers Pull Asia Dates

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Killers have cancelled their six-city Asia tour, scheduled to begin Jan. 24 in Singapore, "due to unforeseen circumstances," according to a statement posted on the band’s official web site. The group's tour was set to take them ...

  22. .Biz Exclusive: How Global Deals Get Done At MIDEM

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST MIDEM, the international music industry convention, and its digitally focused MidemNet Forum will open shop Jan. 23-27 in Cannes. The events will draw some 10,000 executives from nearly 100 countries, representing the recording, publishing, live, ...

  23. Susan Boyle Breaks Japanese Market

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's international hit album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment) is also making an impact in Japan. "I Dreamed a Dream" reached No. 6 in Billboard's Japan Albums charts on Dec. 19, the highest ...

  24. JASRAC Wins Case Against Japanese Video-Sharing Site

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Japanese authors' and composers' society JASRAC has won a lawsuit against a Tokyo-based video-sharing site. In its ruling, the Tokyo District Court ordered Just Online, the operator of the video-sharing site TV Break, to halt distrib ...

  25. Business Matters: Teamsters, MySpace, Imeem

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Composers and lyricists in Hollywood are considering joining the Teamsters , Local 399. According to the Los Angeles Times, about 400 such prof ...

  26. First Billboard Japan Awards Set For January

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The first-ever Billboard Japan Music Awards will be held January 31 in Tokyo and broadcast live on Next Fuji, a cable channel of Fuji Television. The inaugural event will honor the top artists in Japan for 2009 based on the Billboard Japan charts ...

  27. Michael Jackson Sales Help Trim Sony Losses

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. has reported a smaller-than-expected 26.3 billion yen ($289 million) quarterly loss as cost cuts combined with healthy sales of PlayStation 3 game consoles and Michael Jackson hits helped it inch toward recovery. The Japanese electronic ...

  28. Finetunes Strikes Didiom Deal

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hamburg-based digital service provider Finetunes has signed a distribution deal with U.S. mobile media service Didiom. The deal, which takes immediate effect, will enable Didiom users to purchase songs from the Finetunes catalog, which includes ma ...

  29. 'Embedded' Provides A New Music Documentary Outlet On TV

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mos Def is in a Tokyo hotel room, wearing a bathrobe and smoking a cigarette. He's holding forth on the differences between Japanese and American culture, revealing how impressed he is by the intensity of the local hip-hop fans who have been ...

  30. Mobile Campaign Pays Off For Geffen's Mini Viva

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Geffen U.K. has scored a success with new pop duo Mini Viva, whose debut single "Left My Heart In Tokyo" entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 7 on sales of 29,000 according to the Official Charts Co. As well as benefiting from appearing ...

  31. Beatles Remasters Dominate U.K. Album Charts, Vera Lynn Takes No. 1

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new U.K. album chart otherwise dominated by Beatles remasters, 92-year-old Dame Vera Lynn yesterday (Sept. 13) became the oldest living artist to have a bestselling title as "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn" (Decc ...

  32. Aged 92, Dame Vera Lynn Has Britain's No. 1 Album

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new U.K. album chart otherwise dominated by Beatles remasters, 92-year-old Dame Vera Lynn yesterday (Sunday, Sept. 13) became the oldest living artist to have a bestselling title as "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn&quo ...

  33. Producer Jeff Miyahara Signs To UM360 Inc

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT UM360 Inc., the wholly-owned artist management company of Universal Music Japan, has signed an exclusive management contract with Jeff Miyahara -- one of Japan's hottest contemporary producer/songwriters. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tokyo ...

  34. Opera Singer Hildegard Behrens Dies In Tokyo

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soprano Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest Wagnerian performers of her generation, has died while traveling in Japan. She was 72. Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, said Tuesday in an e-mail to opera o ...

  35. Bravado Secures Rolling Stones Merch Deal

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global music merchandising company Bravado is to manufacture and distribute merchandise for the Rolling Stones. Bravado is a unit of Universal Music Group (UMG); the Stones moved to Universal from EMI last summer. This exclusive agreement - announ ...

  36. Hostess Entertainment, Beggars Form Partnership

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese independent music company Hostess Entertainment has reached agreement with leading indie Beggars Group on a licensing deal. The strategic licensing deals means Hostess will exclusively release Beggars' repertoire from its labels ...

  37. London Goes Gaga

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga has played what was billed by her label as her first headline London show, following Wembley Stadium support slots with Take That this month and appearances at Glastonbury Festival and T in the Park. The U.S. synth-pop artist played a 60 ...

  38. Exile Wins Big At MTV Video Music Awards Japan

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Japanese group Exile won best video of the year for the second consecutive year at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan, held just outside Tokyo in the Saitama Super Arena. The Avex act's video "Ti Amo (Chapter2)" snared the top honors ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Japanese Rocker Kiyoshiro Imawano Dies

    May 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Japanese rocker Kiyoshiro Imawano, leader of the groundbreaking band RC Succession and later a solo act, has died in Tokyo at 58. RC Succession started as a Ventures cover band in 1966 but moved on to be one of the leading rock bands in Japan with ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. MTV Australia Awards Show Goes Global

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Australia's flagship awards night will score a global audience after it was selected to premiere on the music TV network's new World Stage platform. The March 27 Vodafone MTV Australia Awards 2009 will be fed into the international W ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Linkin Park, NIN To Play Japan's Summer Sonic

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Creative Man Productions has announced the initial line-up for the 2009 edition of the Summer Sonic festival. Headliners include Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Nine Inch Nails, all veterans of the bash. This year is the 10th anniversary for ...

  49. Cilmi Among Biggest Australian SXSW Contingent

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Breakthrough pop artist Gabriella Cilmi and hotly tipped indie band the Temper Trap will lead Australia's biggest ever contingent to the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) this March. At deadline, 30 Aussie acts had committed to showcase at t ...

  50. Global Shake-Up For MTV Programming

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks International has unveiled plans to introduce new music programming formats focusing on new acts and live performances, which will be broadcast across 62 MTV channels in 162 countries. The MTV World Stage format will feature live perf ...

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