The Recording Industry Association of Japan Releases Its Annual Report for 2016

Following on the heels of the IFPI report on the worldwide music industry, the Recording Industry Association of Japan recently released its annual report for 2016.

According to the RIAJ, the volume of production of physical music (both audio and video formats) was 212.98 million, 95% of 2015’s total. Revenue from physical music was 245.7 billion yen, 97% of 2015’s total.

On the digital front, revenue was at 112.9% of 2015’s total, at 52.9 billion yen. This is the third year of consective growth in the digital market.

When combined, the physical and digital markets were at 99% of 2015’s total, at 298.5 billion yen.

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The Birthday and Mahou Shoujo ni Naritai Perform on Premium MelodiX! for May 22

This week’s guests were The Birthday and Mahou Shoujo ni Naritai.

The Birthday – Dakishimetai

Mahou Shoujo ni Naritai – Himesama Spirits

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Yuya Tegoshi’s LINE information/conversations have been leaked

NEWS and Tegomass member Yuya Tegoshi is the latest victim of contents from his personal social media getting leaked to the public.

Early this morning LINE conversations from Yuya’s personal account were shared on twitter, instantly getting hundreds of RTs. Around the same time the QR code of his personal account was additionally leaked making it so anyone could add him or look up his profile, Yuya was forced to swiftly delete his account in response.

Luckily for Yuya, the contents of the leaked information weren’t scandalous or incriminating. One leaked image shows him heading to go play golf via helicopter, while another shows his excitement over his picture being shown in a national Spanish newspaper, and one with himself at the salon getting a new hairstyle. Typical stuff you would share on social media. However, what does have fans a little worried is that Yuya criticized his agency Johnny & Associates. Read more

After nearly 10 years Buono! calls it quits

Today on May 22nd, 2017 Buono! held their final concert “Buono! Live 2017 ~Pienezza!~”, a sold out show at the famed Yokohama Arena. The concert lasted over 3 hours long with 33 songs performed in total.

Buono! consists of former Berryz Kobo members Momoko Tsugunaga, Miyabi Natsuyaki, and C-ute member Airi Suzuki. They made their official debut on October 31st, 2007 with the single “Honto no Jibun”, which served as the ending theme for the anime “Shugo Chara!” A successful string of singles and albums were released until 2012, when Buono! activities started to slow down. After 4 years of no new music Buono! returned to the music scene with their DVD single “Sorashido -Nene-“.

Once it was announced that both C-ute and Momoko Tsugunaga would be graduating from Hello!Project in June 2017 the fate of Buono! was clear. Read more

Watch Namie Amuro’s new MV for “Just You and I” (short ver.)

The short ver. MV for Namie Amuro‘s latest single “Just You and I” has been uploaded to Youtube. Currently serving as the theme song for the NTV drama “Haha ni Naru”, it’s the singers 45th single overall.

In the calming video Namie is in room surrounded by light blue, pink and purple lights. She’s accompanied by a group of women playing the violin. Near the end of the MV she approaches a hanging lamp that automatically lights up when she puts her hand under it. Very exciting!

“Just You and I” will be released on May 31st, 2017. Watch the MV below the jump.

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Erina Mano gets married in May J’s MV for “Haha to Musume no 10,000 Nichi – Mirai no Tobira”

Actress and former idol Erina Mano is the main star of May J‘s latest MV “Haha to Musume no 10,000 Nichi – Mirai no Tobira”.

The heartwarming song is a duet between May J and the prominent Enka singer Aki Yashiro. Angela Aki wrote, composed, and produced the song. The song showcases the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter, while the “10,000” in the name represents the amount of days between the daughters birth and the day before her wedding. The MV starts with the daughter, played by Erina, looking at old childhood photos. This prompts herself and her mother to reminiscence on all the good times they shared together growing up.

Haha to Musume no 10,000 Nichi – Mirai no Tobira
is May J’s 10th single overall and will be released on May 24th, 2017. Watch the full MV below.
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