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 ...

Dec 30, 2014

The young stars creating a buzz in the enka scene

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Even though enka star Saburo Kitajima announced his retirement from NHK’s annual “Kohaku Uta Gassen” music program last year, and U.S. singer Jero has seemingly moved into R&B, don’t count enka out of the zeitgeist just yet. You won’t see them at this year’s ...

Dec 23, 2014

Lower sales affected acts worldwide

by Patrick ST. Michel

The Japanese music market has faced hard times as of late. Starting with an announcement from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in March that the country’s music sales dropped 16.7 percent in 2013, the past 12 months saw no particular upswing in ...

After big year, streaming tipped for new markets

Dec 12, 2014

After big year, streaming tipped for new markets

by Shaun Tandon

Streaming has rapidly transformed pop music’s landscape but even more dramatic changes could be in store as companies eye the vast, barely touched markets of the developing world. Spotify and its rivals were among the biggest music headlines in 2014 as streaming services quickly ...

Dec 9, 2014

Gay singers test country music's appeal

by Shaun Tandon

Church, pickup trucks and dive bars — the imagery of classic country songs evokes “traditional” small-town American life. Now a rising number of openly gay crooners are testing just how inclusive that vision can be. Two prominent singers came out of the closet within ...

Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell top Grammy nominations

Dec 8, 2014

Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell top Grammy nominations

by Shaun Tandon

Newcomer Sam Smith joined Beyonce and Pharrell Williams on Friday to lead in nominations for the Grammy Awards, with the music industry’s annual picks weighted toward R&B-influenced artists. Smith — the British blue-eyed soul singer who emerged in force this year with “Stay With ...