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The Japanese music trade association, the RIAJ, has reported positive physical and digital recorded music trade figures for the first half of this year.


  • Production levels of physical formats and record company earnings from digital sales and services increased year-on-year between January and June raising speculation that total trade sales for the full year may return to growth after two consecutive years of decline.
  • Although local record companies will welcome a rise in revenue, physical formats still account for around three-quarters of total trade income. Digital sales have proved resilient, but should sales of CDs start going the same way as they have in many developed markets in the West, Japan’s recorded music sector may face some very tough times again.

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  • The research note details recorded music sales in the first half of 2015 in the world's second largest recorded music market.
  • The research note assesses why Japanese record companies are facing tough times ahead, despite the possible return to growth in 2015.

Key questions answered

  • What is the biggest revenue generator for record companies in Japan?
  • What share of trade revenue is generated by music subscription services in Japan?

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  • Summary
  • Recorded music growth in the first six months of this year
  • Modest rise in digital earnings
  • Difficult times ahead


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