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New figures published by the Japanese recorded-music trade association the RIAJ show that the total production value of physical formats and the number of units produced were down last year compared with 2016.


  • Full-year figures for digital trade earnings are set for publication in February, but based on digital revenue in the first nine months of the year, the world’s second-biggest recorded-music market looks set to register an overall decline.

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  • Details the full-year physical-format production figures published by the RIAJ.
  • Examines what the likely full-year results will be for digital music sales and the recorded-music sector as a whole.

Key questions answered

  • What was the rate of decline in physical audio production in Japan last year?
  • What share of the production of physical audio formats is accounted for by CD albums?

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  • Summary
  • Fall in physical recorded-music production in Japan
  • Contraction expected for the full year
  • Growth in new domestic CD and vinyl releases


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