Can #socialmedia boost music sales in Japan?

| Jun 20, 2015

Can #socialmedia boost music sales in Japan?

by Roland Kelts

Last week, Line Corp.’s, the operators of Japan’s most popular messaging app, launched an in-app music streaming service called Line Music. Japan is the second-largest music market in the world after the United States, but its consumers have so far been global outliers, clinging ...

Charli XCX hits her J-pop groove

Apr 9, 2015

Charli XCX hits her J-pop groove

by Shaun Curran

“I’ve tried to immerse myself in Japanese culture,” says Charli XCX, international hit maker and Britain’s next big pop-star-in-waiting. Of course, that’s the sort of comment you might expect the 22-year-old to make on the eve of her first headline shows in the country ...

New idol group The Margarines sing to pay off debts

Sep 27, 2014

New idol group The Margarines sing to pay off debts

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan’s entertainment industry has become so filled with idol groups that some call this the age of the “idol war.” Finding commercial success amid this fierce competition can be tough, but an idol group that debuted last week is making no secret about its ...