SoundExchange says UK, France, Japan, Canada, AU, NL Underpay US Artists $170M Annually

SoundExchange toady filed comments asking the U.S. Trade Representative to take action against six countries that discriminate against American music creators. The six countries – UK, France, Australia, Japan, the. Continue reading

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Japanese Music Sales Dragging, But It Could Be Good News

While the US is well established as the largest music market in the world, number two, Japan, is perhaps less well known. Recently, the island nation's music sales have seen. Continue reading

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The Orchard Launches In Japan, Opens Tokyo Office

Sony's independent music distribution and artist and label services company The Orchard is expanding into Japan, the second-largest music market in the world.

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Merlin Names Former Spotify, Apple Music Exec As Japan GM

Talk about knowing where all the bodies are buried… Indie global music rights agency Merlin has named Akira Nomoto as General Manager, Merlin Japan, the world's second largest music market.

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TikTok Launches ‘Spotlight’ to Support Indie Musicians

Hugely popular short video app TikTok is launching "TikTok Spotlight," a program to discover and support independent and unsigned artists. TikTok Spotlight will offer an opportunity to build a community. Continue reading

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25 Year Old Rock Song Mysteriously Tops Japanese Charts

Recently a twenty-five year old Dinorsaur Jr. song called "Over Your Shoulder" agitated musical waters when it mysteriously popped out of the blue ta #18 on the Japanese Billboard charts.. Continue reading

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Is Japan Finally Ready For The Streaming Revolution?

A new report by indie music rights agency Merlin highlights the slow but now steady shift towards music streaming in Japan, one of the world's last bastions of physical product.. Continue reading

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Bandsintown Adds Int’l Partners, 35% Users Now Outside Of North America

Concert discovery and marketing app Bandsintown has announced key partnerships in Japan and France to further expand its international reach. 35% of Bandsintown's 130 million monthly active users are currently from outside. Continue reading

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SoundCloud Usage Is Falling, Making Turnaround More Difficult

New investors are hoping to turn a struggling SoundCloud around, but their job rapidly becoming more difficult because of falling usage.  Traffic to soundcloud.com has seen a steady decrease, down from 353. Continue reading

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The Orchard Acquires Two Top European Music Distributors and Merlin CEO Charles Caldas Isn’t Happy

Music and film distributor The Orchard is acquiring two leading European independent music distributors – Germany's finetunes and Norway's Phonofile – from holding company SendR SE. But some in the. Continue reading

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