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 ...

| Jun 6, 2013

Been down so long, it looks like up

by Steve McClure

I’ve been to a lot of music-industry conferences over the years, and for the past decade I’ve listened to the same old song: How can the recording industry fight online piracy, which it blames for plunging music sales? So at this year’s Music Matters ...