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  1. Reports: Softbank, News Corp Prep Myspace Japan

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Internet service provider Softbank and New York-based News Corp. could announce the launch of a Japanese version of social networking site MySpace as early as this week, according to repor Tokyo-based Internet service provider Softbank ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Koike Appointed Universal Japan Pres

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kazu Koike has been named president/COO of Universal Music Japan, effective Jan. 1, 2007. For the past two years Koike has been managing director of the Tokyo-based company's Sigma label (previously D Kazu Koike has been named president/COO o ...

  4. Bullard Upped At Viacom Japan

    October 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Peter Bullard has been promoted to the new position of president of Tokyo-based Viacom Japan, MTV Networks International said today (Oct. 27). Peter Bullard has been promoted to the new position of president of Tokyo-based Viacom Japan, MTV Networ ...

  5. BMG Japan Signs Up To iTunes

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Japan on Oct. 26 became the latest Japanese label to sign a deal with Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Tokyo-based label's catalog became available to users of the Japanese edition of iTunes the sa BMG Japan on Oct. 26 became the late ...

  6. BMG Japan Signs Up To iTunes

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Japan on Oct. 26 became the latest Japanese label to sign a deal with Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Tokyo-based label's catalog became available to users of the Japanese edition of iTunes the sa BMG Japan on Oct. 26 became the late ...

  7. YouTube Deletes 30,000 Files

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its Web site following complaints of copyright infringement by 23 Japanese broadcasters and other rights holders, local authors society JASRAC said Oct. 20. YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its ...

  8. Hirai Joins Toshiba-EMI

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT John Hirai will be appointed to the new position of VP, international repertoire, at Toshiba-EMI effective Nov. 1, the Tokyo-based label said today (Oct. 17). John Hirai will be appointed to the new position of VP, international repertoire, at Tos ...

  9. Napster Japan Goes Live

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster Japan, the territory's first subscription-based music download service, launched today (Oct. 3). Napster Japan, the territory's first subscription-based music download service, launched today (Oct. 3). Some 1.9 million tracks -- ...

  10. Napster Japan Goes Live

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New service offers 1.8m titles. Napster Japan, the territory's first subscription-based music download service, launched today (Oct. 3). Some 1.9 million tracks -- of which international repertoire comprises 90% -- will be available via the N ...

  11. Ishizaka Upped At Universal Japan

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music K.K. president/CEO Keiichi Ishizaka has been promoted to chairman/CEO, effective immediately. Based in Tokyo, he will report to Universal Music Group Asia Pacific region president Max Universal Music K.K. president/CEO Keiichi Ishi ...

  12. Groups Call For Longer Copyright Protection

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sixteen copyright-related organizations on Friday (Sept. 22) presented a joint petition to the Japanese government's Cultural Affairs Agency asking that posthumous copyright protection in Japan be ext Sixteen copyright-related organizations o ...

  13. 'Billboard Live' Venues To Roll Out In Japan

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Billboard publisher VNU Business Media and Osaka-based Hanshin Contents Link (HCL) on Sept. 14 unveiled a master licensing agreement that will see "Billboard Live" venues open in three Japanese cities Billboard publisher VNU Business Med ...

  14. Napster Japan Readies For Launch

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Compatible digital players unveiled. Napster Japan on Thursday (Sept. 14) introduced a series of "Napster-compatible" portable digital music players in cooperation with several leading electronic hardware makers in the run-up to the subs ...

  15. Napster Japan Readies For Launch

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster Japan on Thursday (Sept. 14) introduced a series of "Napster-compatible" portable digital music players in cooperation with several leading electronic hardware makers in the run-up to the subs Napster Japan on Thursday (Sept. 14) ...

  16. Vodafone In Japan To Give Away iPods

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based mobile phone operator Vodafone K.K. said Wednesday (Sept. 13) that it is offering an iPod nano as a package with one of its handsets. Tokyo-based mobile phone operator Vodafone K.K. said Wednesday (Sept. 13) that it is offering an iPod ...

  17. Vodafone In Japan To Give Away iPods

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based mobile phone operator Vodafone K.K. said Wednesday (Sept. 13) that it is offering an iPod nano as a package with one of its handsets. Tokyo-based mobile phone operator Vodafone K.K. said Wednesday (Sept. 13) that it is offering an iPod ...

  18. Kato To Join Roadrunner Japan

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kimisada Kato will be appointed managing director of Tokyo-based label Roadrunner Japan on Oct. 1, industry sources tell Billboard.biz. Kimisada Kato will be appointed managing director of Tokyo-based label Roadrunner Japan on Oct. 1, industry sou ...

  19. MTV Networks Buys-Out MTV Japan

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks said Tuesday (Aug. 29) that it is acquiring San Francisco-based private equity firm H&Q Asia Pacific's 68.1% equity stake in their MTV Japan joint venture. Following the transaction, MTV Networks said Tuesday (Aug. 29) th ...

  20. NTT DoCoMo To Launch Music Channel

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Multi-media music service goes live Aug. 31. NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the Japanese giant wireless carrier, is launching a High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) service on Aug. 31, in time for the company's new multi-media music service. The move ...

  21. NTT DoCoMo To Launch Music Channel

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the Japanese giant wireless carrier, is launching a High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) service on Aug. 31, in time for the company's new multi-media music service. NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the Japanese giant wireless carrier ...

  22. More Finalists Unveiled For Diesel-U-Music Awards

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More Finalists Unveiled For Diesel-U-Music Awards Organizers of the international music contest Diesel-U-Music have unveiled the nominees for its five other participating regions following the recent announcement of the U.K. finalists . Each terri ...

  23. U.K. Industry Readies Trade Mission To Japan

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aims to boost U.K. sales. The U.K. music industry is embarking on a trade mission in Tokyo from July 31 to Aug. 4 to give the British music business an insight into Japan's digital and mobile music developments. Spearheaded by British industr ...

  24. U2 Roars Back With Help From Pearl Jam, Kanye

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reschedule dates previously postponed. U2 has rescheduled a host of dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan that were postponed this spring due to an unidentified serious illness within the immediate family of a band member. Pearl Jam and Kanye ...

  25. Exec Reshuffle At Toshiba-EMI

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI has capped off a sweeping payroll reduction with a raft of executive appointments. Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI has capped off a sweeping payroll reduction with a raft of executive appointments. Masato Adachi has bee ...

  26. Last.fm To Press Button On Japan Service

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT London-based last.fm, an online music distributor featuring a "social networking service," will next week launch its service in Japan in cooperation with Tokyo-based Internet portal Excite Japan. London-based last.fm, an online music dis ...

  27. Warner Music Strikes Deal With China Unicom

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music China has forged a groundbreaking union to distribute its digitalized catalog to users of mobile operator China Unicom, which claims to be the third largest such company in the world. Warner Music China has forged a groundbreaking uni ...

  28. NTT DoCoMo Presses Button On Mobile Downloads

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Full-track downloads launch on Panasonic device. NTT DoCoMo today (June 7) became the third Japanese telecom to offer mobile-based full-song downloads. DoCoMo says the service will initially be available only on the new Panasonic P902iS FOMA 3G ha ...

  29. NTT DoCoMo Presses Button On Mobile Downloads

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT NTT DoCoMo today (June 7) became the third Japanese telecom to offer mobile-based full-song downloads. NTT DoCoMo today (June 7) became the third Japanese telecom to offer mobile-based full-song downloads. DoCoMo says the service will initially be ...

  30. Warner Japan Invests In Mobile Broadcaster

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Frontmedia, WMJ partner for new mobile projects. Warner Music Japan said today (June 6) it has purchased a minority stake in Tokyo-based mobile-broadcaster and wireless-application developer FrontMedia. Financial details of the deal were not discl ...

  31. Tower Enters Into Japan Mobile Payment Service

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based Tower Records Japan and credit-card company Mitsui Sumitomo Card are launching a new mobile phone-based payment service that be used by subscribers to leading telecom NTT DoCoMo's "mobile Tokyo-based Tower Records Japan and c ...

  32. Japan's CME Reports Full-Year Loss

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia) recorded a consolidated net loss of ¥2.1 billion ($18.3 million) in the year ending March 31, 2006, compared with the pre Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertain ...

  33. Napster Coming To Japan This Fall

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will launch its subscription-based music download service in Japan this fall. An offering of roughly 1.5 million songs will initially be available to download or Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will launch ...

  34. Napster Coming To Japan This Fall

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will launch its subscription-based music download service in Japan this fall. An offering of roughly 1.5 million songs will initially be available to download or s Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will laun ...

  35. MTV Japan Awards Triple For Kumi Koda

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson was the star of the show at the fifth annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan on May 27 -- even though he didn't sing a note. Michael Jackson was the star of the show at the fifth annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan on May 27 -- e ...

  36. Sources: Toshiba-EMI To Wield Axe

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI is cutting its payroll by as many as 150 people, industry sources tell Billboard.biz. "Basically they're offering early-retirement packages to everybody over 40," says on Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI i ...

  37. Japan's KDDI Readies Sony Walkman Mobile

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Handset will store 500 songs. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, is to launch in June a mobile handset with a built-in Sony Walkman music player capable of storing some 500 songs. The Walkman Keitai W42S handset, which KDDI develop ...

  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 CCC Grabs Sumiya Chain

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Leading Tokyo-based audiovisual software retail and rental store operator Culture Convenience Club, best known as the operator of the Tsutaya retail/rental chain, is taking over the Sumiya chain of CD Leading Tokyo-based audiovisual software retai ...

  41. Global iPulse: Massive Attack, Public Symphony and Caparezza

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New Massive expected in early 2007. Fifteen years after its first album, pioneering U.K. “trip-hop” act Massive Attack is hitting the road to promote “Collected—The Best of Massive Attack” (Virgin). The act will play late-April U.S. dates in Seatt ...

  42. Massive Attack Hits Road For 'Collected'

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New album expected in early 2007. Fifteen years after its first album, pioneering U.K. "trip-hop" act Massive Attack is hitting the road to promote "Collected—The Best of Massive Attack" (Virgin). The act will play late-April U ...

  43. Toshiba-EMI Chairman Saito To Retire

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Toshiba-EMI chairman Masaaki Saito will retire from the company on April 27, the Tokyo-based label said today (April 3). Saito was named president of Toshiba-EMI in 1997 -- the first time an executive Toshiba-EMI chairman Masaaki Saito will retire ...

  44. Japan's CCC, Shinseido Strike Retail Alliance

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Leading Tokyo-based audiovisual software retail and rental store operator Culture Convenience Club and key music retailer Shinseido, also based in the Japanese capital, have struck a business and capi Leading Tokyo-based audiovisual software retai ...

  45. Yuki's 'Joy' Wins Space Shower Double

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Female vocalist Yuki's hit "Joy" (Epic Records) won the honor for best video at the 10th annual Space Shower Music Video Awards, held Friday (March 17) evening at the Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo. Yuk Female vocalist Yuki's hit ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Koda Wins Top Prize At RIAJ Gold Disc Awards

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Avex-signed female vocalist Kumi Koda was named domestic artist of the year at the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan's 20th annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony, held this evening (March 9) in Tokyo. Avex-signed female vocalist Kumi Koda was name ...

  48. Chili Peppers, Franz Heat Up Fuji Bill

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand are among the first batch of nine acts booked at this year's Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand are among the first batch of nine acts booked at this ...

  49. Chili Peppers, Franz Heat Up Fuji Bill

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Japan fest held July 28-30. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand are among the first batch of nine acts booked at this year's Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan. Tokyo-based concert promoter Smash have also confirmed Broken Social Sc ...

  50. 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 ...

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