Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

Music | STRANGE BOUTIQUE Mar 24, 2015

Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

by Ian Martin

Anyone who pays any kind of attention to the music charts in Japan knows that for many years now they've been a joke. Year-end charts are increasingly clogged up with mass idol collectives, sales buoyed by multiple purchases from "otaku" (obsessive fans), encouraged by marketing ...

2014 a groundhog year for top record labels

Music Jan 20, 2015

2014 a groundhog year for top record labels

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Avex has landed another No. 1 spot on the charts, but this time it's for the record label itself. Oricon Inc., the company behind the domestic music industry's ranking charts, announced its annual market report for 2014 last week, with Avex Group Holdings Inc. topping ...