Music Market in Japan
is the largest
music market in the world
with over 25% of world sales. (See chart below)
population of just the Tokyo Area is 35 million. (Japan
Total Pop: 127 million)
spend more money on music per person than anyone else in the world
almost 3 times more than Americans.
82% of all digital music sales in Japan are via internet downloads (smartphones,
tablets and computers) while 18% are via traditional mobile phones
53% of all music sales in Japan are digital while 47% are physical.
- About 1 in every 4 CD albums sold in Japan is international.
are fans in Japan for all genres of musicfrom Hawaiian, Bossa
Nova, Folk, New Age, and Bluegrass to Metal, Punk, Alt Rock, HipHop,
Dance, Reggae, and everything in between. Since the population of Japan is huge compared to most countries, even a small percentage of the population is a lot of people.
more music industry statistics at the Recording
Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) website and International
Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) website
Every year, Japanese spend over a billion dollars on music from foreign countries.
you are in the business of making and selling music, then Japan is your main market
and should not be ignored.
goal of this website is to provide resources to help indie bands/artists,
managers and record labels sell and promote music in Japan. Please read
the various sections and articles in this website
to gain insight into doing business effectively in the Japanese music
hard-working indie bands and their labels that are smart and understand the global
music business rely on Japan as a large source of income. When
you're making more fans and selling more music, being "Big in Japan"
is a good thing!
here to see the bands from your country that are currently making
it "Big in Japan".
distribution in Japan
a Japanese record label to release your music
a live tour in Japan
a Japanese web + mobile site
to Live Houses (Venues) in Japan
about The Music Market in Japan - How to Make it "Big in Japan"
Japanese Market Opportunity for Foreign Music - If you are in the business
of selling music, do NOT forget Japan!
2. The Music Business in Japan - Indie Music Culture and Record Companies
Playing Gigs in Japan - Promoting your music at Japanese "Live Houses"
and other venues
4. How Much Does It
Cost? - The activities and related costs of selling and promoting your music
5. Useful Tips On Visiting
and Doing Business in Japan - Info and advice for visiting and doing business
you need to start selling and promoting your music in Japan
Japanese Web+Mobile Site
Japanese Press Sheet
Advertising and Promotion in Japan
Contacts for Japanese distributors, booking agents, tour organizers,
fill out a short online form to set up.
Quick and easy! You don't need to know any
to see sample web+mobile site and more details
Date and Time in Japan
Marketing|Distribution in Japan|Japan