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  1. BMG Japan Pres Tashiro To Retire

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST BMG Japan president/CEO Hidehiko Tashiro will leave the company effective March 31 in order to retire, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based label said Friday (Feb. 17). BMG Japan president/CEO Hidehiko Tashiro will leave the company effective March 31 ...

  2. MTV Japan Video Awards Set For May 27

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The fifth annual MTV Video Awards Japan ceremony will be held May 27 at the National Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, MTV Japan said Monday (Feb. 6). The fifth annual MTV Video Awards Japan ceremony will be held May 27 at the National Yoyogi Stadium in To ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Japan's Victor Inks iTunes Content Deal

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST 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). Tokyo-based label Victor Entertainment has begun making its repertoire available on t ...

  5. Toshiba-EMI Sells Japanese CD Plant

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Division spun-off as firm 'focuses on A&R.' Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI said today (Dec. 13) that it is selling its CD-pressing plant in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, in line with EMI's global policy of divesting itself of ...

  6. Toshiba-EMI Sells Japanese CD Plant

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI said today (Dec. 13) that it is selling its CD-pressing plant in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, in line with EMI's global policy of divesting itself of its manufacturing o Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI said today ...

  7. O-Zone Takes Honors At Japan's Radio Disc Awards

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST O-Zone's "Dragostea Din Tei" (Media Services/Avex) was chosen as best record of the year at the annual Japan Radio Popular Discs Awards ceremony, held tonight (Dec. 5) in Tokyo. Romania-based O-Zone O-Zone's "Dragostea Din ...

  8. Japan's Columbia Music Reports H1 Gains

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertainment on Nov. 17 announced a consolidated net profit of ¥78 million ($654,802) for the April 1-Sept. 30 first half. In the same period last year, the comp Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertain ...

  9. Japanese Gov't Postpones 'iPod Tax'

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST As expected, a Japanese government committee has recommended that the introduction of an "iPod tax" on portable digital music players be postponed for at least a year. TOKYO -- As expected, a Japanese government committee has recommended ...

  10. Pantech Soaks Up Rain Pact

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rain, one of the most popular singers in South Korea, will be the face of mobile handset manufacturer Pantech as it makes a major push into China and other Chinese-speaking regions around Asia. Rain, one of the most popular singers in South Korea, ...

  11. NTT DoCoMo Buys Into Tower Records Japan

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Phone operator invests $108M for 42% stake. NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile-phone operator, is buying a 42% stake in Tower Records Japan for ¥12.8 billion ($108.2 million), the two companies said today (Nov. 7). The deal, to be carried out ...

  12. NTT DoCoMo Buys Into Tower Records Japan

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile-phone operator, is buying a 42% stake in Tower Records Japan for ¥12.8 billion ($108.2 million), the two companies said today (Nov. 7). The deal, to be carried NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobil ...

  13. Rakuten Requests Merger With Japan's TBS TV

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest online shopping mall, Rakuten, emerged as the largest shareholder in a major TV broadcaster Oct. 13 as burgeoning Internet ventures increasingly target media companies for takeovers. TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's biggest online s ...

  14. Warner Reportedly Close To Blu-ray Deal

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Studio also embracing rival HD DVD. Warner Home Video is close to finalizing a deal to support Blu-ray Disc, sources close to the negotiations said Wednesday. The No. 1 DVD supplier would become the second major studio this week to say it will pub ...

  15. Japan's BMG Funhouse Undergoes Name-Change

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT BMG Funhouse, Sony BMG Music's Tokyo-based affiliate, will formally change its name to BMG Japan on Oct. 1. BMG Funhouse, Sony BMG Music's Tokyo-based affiliate, will formally change its name to BMG Japan on Oct. 1. In 1996, the then-BMG ...

  16. MTV Asia Pac Pres Brown To Exit

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Asia Pacific president Frank Brown will leave the company at the end of the year, the music TV broadcaster said Sept. 5. A replacement for Brown has yet to be named. TOKYO -- MTV Networks Asia Pacific president Frank Brown will leave ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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- ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Grainge Unveils New UMGI Management Team

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A new management structure has been put in place at the newly-renamed Universal Music Group International, Billboard.biz has learned. The company's chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, who took over from Jorg A new management structure has been put i ...

  21. iTunes Debuts In Japan

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) launched its iTunes Music Store in Japan, the world's second biggest recorded music market. Initially, one million titles are available from 15 labels, incl As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) ...

  22. iTunes Debuts In Japan

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) launched its iTunes Music Store in Japan, the world's second biggest recorded music market. As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) launched its iTunes Music Store in Japan, the world's secon ...

  23. Sony Slumps to Loss

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Slashes Profit Outlook on Falling Sales, Restructuring Costs Sony Corp. announced its second quarterly loss in a row Thursday and slashed its profit outlook, highlighting the challenges Sony's new chairman faces as he tries to revive the comp ...

  24. iTunes Coming to Japan?

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computers' iTunes Music Store may soon be available in Japan, the world's second-largest music market. The company would not comment, but has sent invitations to an Aug. 4 event in Tokyo where t Apple Computers' iTunes Music S ...

  25. Japanese Stations Team-Up For Digital Push

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Seven Japanese radio stations have pledged to set up a joint-venture through which they will deliver terrestrial digital radio broadcasts in 2006. Seven Japanese radio stations have pledged to set up a joint-venture through which they will deliver ...

  26. Queen and Paul Rodgers To Tour North America

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Live album set for September. Queen and Paul Rodgers will play a handful of North American cities later this year before returning next spring to launch a full-scale tour. According to guitarist Brian May's official Web site, the band will pl ...

  27. Live 8: Moscow Joins Roster

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Live 8 has added a concert in Moscow's Red Square, ensuring that all of the G8 industrialized nations will be represented at Saturday's (July 2) event. Live 8 has added a concert in Moscow's Red Square, ensuring that all of the G8 i ...

  28. Live 8: Moscow Joins Roster

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Young To Play Canada. Live 8 has added a concert in Moscow's Red Square, ensuring that all of the G8 industrialized nations will be represented at Saturday's (July 2) event. At deadline, the only act confirmed for the show was the Pet Sh ...

  29. Shareholders Approve Stringer As New Sony CEO

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. shareholders on June 22 approved the appointment of Howard Stringer as the new chief executive, making him the first foreigner to head the Japanese electronics and entertainment company. TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. shareholders on June 22 ...

  30. Live 8 Unveils Tokyo Line-up

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 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 that incl Bjork will perform live for the first time in t ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. All-African Line-up Tapped For SA's Live 8

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will feature an all-African line-up of artists, including veteran reggae artist Lucky Dube and African pop group Malaika. A spokesperson today (June 22) confirmed the Jul Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will f ...

  33. All-African Line-up Tapped For SA's Live 8

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will feature an all-African line-up of artists, including veteran reggae artist Lucky Dube and African pop group Malaika. A spokesperson today (June 22) confirmed the Jul Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will f ...

  34. Makuhari Messe To Host Japan's Live 8 Concert

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Details of Tokyo leg unveiled Wednesday. Details of Tokyo leg unveiled Wednesday. News ...

  35. Makuhari Messe To Host Japan's Live 8 Concert

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's Live 8 concert will be held July 2 at the Makuhari Messe convention center, east of Tokyo. Major Japanese acts and possibly some international performers will feature on the bill of 10-20 act Japan's Live 8 concert will be held J ...

  36. Live 8 Organizers Plan Three More Concerts

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo, Toronto and Johannesburg will additionally host concerts under the Live 8 banner, Bob Geldof confirmed today (June 16). Organizers are expected to officially announce the new locations tomorrow Tokyo, Toronto and Johannesburg will additiona ...

  37. Live 8 Organizers Plan Three More Concerts

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo, Toronto and Johannesburg added. Tokyo, Toronto and Johannesburg will additionally host concerts under the Live 8 banner, Bob Geldof confirmed today (June 16). Organizers are expected to officially announce the new locations tomorrow. Speaki ...

  38. Japanese Publishing Vet Murakami Dies

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mamoru Murakami, chairman of leading Japanese music publisher Nichion, died of cardiac failure in Tokyo on June 5. He was 69. Mamoru Murakami, chairman of leading Japanese music publisher Nichion, died of cardiac failure in Tokyo on June 5. He was ...

  39. Japanese Publishing Vet Kusano Dies

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Shoichi Kusano, chairman of Tokyo-based music publisher Shinko Music, died of pancreatic cancer on June 6. He was 74. TOKYO -- Shoichi Kusano, chairman of Tokyo-based music publisher Shinko Music, died of pancreatic cancer on June 6. He was 74. On ...

  40. Uehara Appointed Fujipacific Music Prez

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Toru Uehara has been named president and chief representative director of Japanese music publisher Fujipacific Music. He replaces Ichiro Asatsuma, who becomes Fujipacific's chairman. Toru Uehara has been named president and chief representati ...

  41. Uehara Appointed Fujipacific Music Pres

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Toru Uehara has been named president and chief representative director of leading Japanese music publisher Fujipacific Music. He replaces Ichiro Asatsuma, who becomes Fujipacific's chairman. Toru Uehara has been named president and chief repr ...

  42. Japanese Publishing Vet Kusano Dies

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Shoichi Kusano, chairman of Tokyo-based music publisher Shinko Music, died of pancreatic cancer on June 6. Shoichi Kusano, chairman of Tokyo-based music publisher Shinko Music, died of pancreatic cancer on June 6. He was 74. One of the pioneers of ...

  43. Japanese Prefecture Restricts Sales Of 'Violent' Videogame

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A state in Japan has decided to ban a U.S. videogame from being sold or rented to minors, after officials deemed it harmful and capable of inciting violence. TOKYO (AP) -- A state in Japan has decided to ban a U.S. videogame from being sold or ren ...

  44. Sony To Pay $7 Million To Ousted Bosses

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Struggling electronics maker Sony Corp. will give chief executive Nobuyuki Idei and three other outgoing executives a retirement package worth a total of about $7 million. TOKYO (Reuters) -- Struggling electronics maker Sony Corp. will give chief ...

  45. EMI Music Asia Names Cheng Chairman

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Norman Cheng has been named to the new position of chairman, EMI Music Asia. Cheng assumes regional responsibility for the company's operations in Japan in addition to his existing duties as chairman/ Norman Cheng has been named to the new po ...

  46. Sony Cutting Management

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment and electronics giant Sony Corp. on June 2 unveiled a pared-down management structure as Howard Stringer, who is set to take over as group chairman/CEO on June 22, starts to streamline o NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Entertain ...

  47. Cheng Adds EMI Japan Duties

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Norman Cheng has been named to the new position of chairman, EMI Music Asia. Cheng assumes regional responsibility for the company's operations in Japan in addition to his existing duties as chairman/ Norman Cheng has been named to the new po ...

  48. Orange Range Juice Up MTV Japan Awards

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japanese hip-hop band Orange Range were the big winners at the fourth annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan on May 29. The Sony Records Japan-signed act won in the categories of best video of the year f Japanese hip-hop band Orange Range were the bi ...

  49. MTV Asia Elevates Exec Pair

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bullard oversees Japan operations. MTV Networks Asia Pacific has created two new senior executive positions in Japan to help drive local and regional expansion. Peter Bullard has been appointed to the MTV Japan board and becomes executive VP and m ...

  50. Japan's Columbia Music Swings Profit

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia) today (May 24) reported a consolidated net profit of ¥157 million ($1.5 million) in the year ending March 31, compared wi Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertain ...

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