Music industry to move global album releases to Friday

Feb 27, 2015

Music industry to move global album releases to Friday

by Shaun Tandon

The music industry has announced an agreement to release albums globally on Fridays, ending divergences among regions that have fueled piracy in an age of instant music. Key groups representing music retailers, record companies and artists said that they would coordinate album releases to ...

Jan 6, 2015

Vinyl sales are a rare bonus for U.S. music industry

Vinyl sales and music streaming both soared by more than 50 percent in 2014 in the United States, even as overall sales kept declining, a music industry monitor said. With few blockbuster releases and streaming becoming more mainstream, consumers in the world’s largest music ...

Music acts look to Groupon, LivingSocial for help

Sep 8, 2014

Music acts look to Groupon, LivingSocial for help

by Mesfin Fekadu

Websites like Groupon have become the go-to place for folks looking for that half-off deal on a manicure, a two-for-one offer for a fancy dinner or that all-inclusive trip that won’t break the bank. But increasingly, it’s also becoming the place for music fans ...

Record Store Day finds its groove in Japan

Apr 15, 2014

Record Store Day finds its groove in Japan

by Patrick ST. Michel

It won’t be business as usual at Big Love Records this Saturday, April 19. The store, one of the best places to shop for records in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku neighborhood, will be selling limited-edition music from various artists, including film director David Lynch. Meanwhile, ...

One Direction takes the J-pop path to success

Nov 5, 2013

One Direction takes the J-pop path to success

by James Hadfield

By the group’s standards, it was a low-key finale. When One Direction completed its eight-month Take Me Home Tour at the second of two Makuhari Messe shows last Sunday in Chiba, it was in front of a relatively compact audience of 12,000 Japanese fans, ...

Nov 5, 2013

Hostess exists rather happily on the edge

by Steve McClure

With international repertoire’s share of the music market down to about 15 percent, it has never been harder to break foreign acts in Japan. And given the shrinking market for non-Japanese music, it seems quixotic to set up a company specializing in bringing foreign ...