Economy of Japan

  1. Japan's Chaku-Uta Reaches 200M Download Milestone

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Label Mobile, a Tokyo-based mobile-content provider owned by leading Japanese record labels, reports that its Chaku-Uta Full R full-track mobile-download service racked up a total of 200 million downloads as of April 30. The service has been provi ...

  2. Timberlake Signs With IMG For Endorsements

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake on Thursday signed with IMG for worldwide endorsement representation, the company said. Timberlake will remain with CAA, which handles his tour booking, among other things, and Johnny Wright will continue to be his manager. IMG w ...

  3. Weiss Joins Sonnenschein Nath

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Attorney Lisa Weiss has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. Weiss was most recently with Morrison & Foerster. She was previously general counsel of Sony Music Entertainment, where ...

  4. Indie Avex Topples Sony In Japan

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Independent label Avex has edged out Sony as Japan's top CD label in market-share terms, according to SoundScan Japan. The music-sales tracking service says that Avex Marketing had a market share of 15.4% in 2007, while Sony Music ...

  5. Japanese Lose Yen For International Repertoire

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite a year-end surge in shipments of domestic product, physical sales in the Japanese music market continued to shrink in 2007, with international repertoire particularly badly hit. According to data released Jan. 18 by the Recording Industry ...

  6. Panic! To Headline Honda Civic Tour

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Panic! At The Disco will headline this year's eighth annual Honda Civic Tour, scheduled to visit approximately 45 cities in North America this spring/summer. The trek will support the Las Vegas four-piece's sophomore album, "Pretty. ...

  7. Reports: Apple Gearing Up For Japan iPhone Launch

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Unconfirmed media reports say Apple Computer is holding talks with Japanese mobile carriers as it prepares for the expected launch of the iPhone in Japan next year. According to the reports, major Japanese telecoms NTT DoCoMo and SoftBank Mobile a ...

  8. Koch Records Renews With JVC Victor

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Koch Records renewed their existing Japanese licensing deal with JVC Victor for three more years. The first major release under the new deal will be the forthcoming Foxy Brown album. Recent releases under the existing deal include 2Pac's Begi ...

  9. Napster, Tower Align With New Mobile Channel

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster's Japan division has partnered with Tower Records to provide music and other content for a new music channel from mobile operator NTT DoCoMo. The channel will carry the Napster/Tower brand, and offer two programs a week comprising of ...

  10. Sony, KDDI Team Download Project

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony and KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile-phone operator, are joining forces to launch a new music-download service that will allow mobile users to copy onto digital music players tracks they've downloaded from the Internet and stored ...

  11. KDDI Boasts 150M LISMO Download Sales

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said that a total of 150 million songs had been downloaded via its LISMO Music Store download service as of Oct. 2. LISMO Music Store, which launched in November 2004 as a mobile-based download se ...

  12. Iris Opens Consumer Marketing Division

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Iris digital distribution has launched a new in-house consumer marketing division, called BlinkerActive, and has signed Toyota as its first client. This is the first time Iris will be offering marketing services to clients outside of their distrib ...

  13. CME Ties Up Japanese Software Deal

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertainment (CME) is buying software developer/distributor TDK Core. TDK Core, also based in Tokyo, plans, produces and markets music, game and educational software. In a statement, CME says it decided to buy TDK ...

  14. Honda Center GM O'Donnell Dies

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mike O'Donnell, GM of the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., died Aug. 19 at his home in Yorba Linda, Calif., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 46. O'Donnell's career in public facilities, professional sports and arena man ...

  15. MyMTV Mobile SNS Goes Live In Japan

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Viacom International Japan K.K., a 100%-owned subsidiary of music-TV service MTV Networks, has today launched Japan's first mobile entertainment social-networking service. The myMTV service claims to be the first in the country to use a downl ...

  16. HMV Sells Japanese Biz

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music and entertainment retail giant HMV Group has agreed to sell its 62-store HMV Japan business to DSM Investments catorce Co. Ltd for ¥17 billion (£70 million) in cash. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of August, HMV said today. ...

  17. Toshiba-EMI Changes Name

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Toshiba-EMI will change its name to EMI Music Japan, with effect from June 30. The move follows EMI Group's recent purchase of Toshiba Corp.'s 45% stake in Toshiba-EMI, making the Tokyo-based label a wholly-owned subsidiary of EMI Group. ...

  18. Former Sony Chief Idei Joins Baidu

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leading Chinese Internet portal Baidu has named former Sony Corp. president/CEO Nobuyuki Idei to its board of directors, the Beijng-based company said June 27. The appointment took effect June 14. "We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Idei to B ...

  19. Konami Insider Discusses Monetizing Music Assets

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Game publisher Konami recently struck a digital distribution deal with Sony BMG to market its library of videgame music through various online services. The company's digital entertainment music manager Michael Rajna gives some background int ...

  20. Koda A Triple Winner At MTV Japan Awards

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As she did last year, vocalist Kumi Koda (Avex) won three awards at this year's edition of the MTV Video Music Awards Japan, which were presented May 26 at the Saitama Super Arena north of Tokyo. Koda won in the best female video and best vid ...

  21. Cahoon Joins iTunes Japan

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Tower Records Japan CEO Keith Cahoon has been appointed to the newly created position of director of iTunes Japan, Billboard has learned. At press time it was not known to whom Cahoon will report. Industry sources say Cahoon's appointm ...

  22. Sony Japan Reports Solid Full-Year Sales

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Friday reported healthy sales results for the year ended March 31, 2007, largely on the strength of a solid performance by its non-core businesses. Revenue for SMEJ and its 44 ...

  23. Wireless Operator Preps Flat-Rate Mobile Music Service

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japanese wireless operator NTT DoCoMo is set to introduce a flat-rate mobile music service this coming May, according to reports. The Japanese financial daily Nikkei writes that the operator will let subscribers download an unlimited number of son ...

  24. Japan's KDDI Plans U.S. Launch

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japanese wireless operator KDDI is planning to launch service in the U.S. The company will lease Sprint's network to offer its service to Japanese residents of the U.S., and later offer prepaid services for visiting tourists, according to a J ...

  25. Label Mobile Rolls Out Clips On NTT DoCoMo

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Label Mobile, a mobile-content provider owned by leading Japan record labels, said today that it has launched a music video-clip service on NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile carrier. The videos, which can viewed as full-length tracks or as v ...

  26. Gracenote Develops Mobile Toolkit

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Gracenote has introduced a "mobile music solution suite" toolkit designed to provide a range of software options for most mobile music applications developed by wireless operators, phone manufacturers and content providers. The software ...

  27. Rhino Mobile Off And Running In Japan

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Emeryville, Ca.-based Catalyst Mobile and Tokyo-based Warner Music Japan on Feb. 5 launched the Warner Music Group Rhino Mobile service in Japan. The music portal is available via leading Japanese telecom operator NTT DoCoMo, which has some 40 mil ...

  28. Napster Japan Rolls Out KDDI Services

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan has launched master ringtone and full-song download services on No. 2 Japanese telecom KDDI's "Ezweb" mobile Internet interface. The deal with KDDI, which boasts some 20 million subscribers, brings the total number of ...

  29. Sony BMG Canada, Japan Name New Execs

    January 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG has named new toppers for its Canadian operation Sony BMG Music Canada, as well as it Japanese affiliate, BMG Japan. Shane Carter and Neil Foster have been named co-presidents of Sony BMG Music Canada Inc. Both executives report to Sony B ...

  30. Avex Sets Up In China

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beijing office launches Nov. 18. Tokyo-based independent label Avex has become the first Japanese record company to set up a subsidiary in mainland China. Beijing-based Avex China was formally established Nov. 16 and began operations on Nov. 18, a ...

  31. Avex Sets Up In China

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based independent label Avex has become the first Japanese record company to set up a subsidiary in mainland China. Tokyo-based independent label Avex has become the first Japanese record company to set up a subsidiary in mainland China. Bei ...

  32. Mobile Music Download Services Expand

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Offerings launch in Canada, Portugal. Wireless operators in Canada and Portugal are launching mobile music download services. Portuguese operator TMN Portugal is implementing the Napster Mobile service, developed in partnership with Ericsson. Japa ...

  33. MySpace Enters Japan

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST JV is MySpace's first Asian affiliate. MySpace.com and Tokyo-based Internet service provider SoftBank confirmed widespread speculation Tuesday (Nov. 7) by announcing the launch of MySpace Japan. As previously reported , Tokyo-based MySpace Ja ...

  34. MySpace Enters Japan

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST MySpace.com and Tokyo-based Internet service provider SoftBank confirmed widespread speculation Tuesday (Nov. 7) by announcing the launch of MySpace Japan. MySpace.com and Tokyo-based Internet service provider SoftBank confirmed widespread specula ...

  35. Napster Japan Presses Button On Mobile Service

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Master ringtones, full-song downloads offered. Napster Japan today (Nov. 6) launched a mobile-based master ringtone and full-song download service in cooperation with Tokyo-based telecom operator NTT DoCoMo. The service, called Napster Tower Reco ...

  36. Napster Japan Presses Button On Mobile Service

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan today (Nov. 6) launched a mobile-based master ringtone and full-song download service in cooperation with Tokyo-based telecom operator NTT DoCoMo. Napster Japan today (Nov. 6) launched a mobile-based master ringtone and full-song dow ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Sony BMG Shuffles Asia Operations

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Japan unit folded into Sony BMG Asia. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has revamped the executive line-up at its Japanese affiliate, BMG Japan. With effect from May 25, BMG Japan will be headed by the dual management team of Shigenobu Karube and D ...

  50. 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 ...

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