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The Japanese music trade association, the RIAJ, has reported midyear production figures for physical music formats and trade earnings from the sale of digital music in the country.


  • Combined revenue from physical audio and music video production was down year-on-year, while total record company earnings from digital sales and services were boosted by growth in subscriptions.

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  • Details midyear recorded music sales in Japan as reported by trade body the RIAJ.
  • Assesses the revenue figures from each format and looks at how record company income may progress in the short to medium term.

Key questions answered

  • What share of recorded music sales in Japan are for physical formats?
  • By how much did subscription service revenue increase in the first half of this year?

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  • Summary
  • Mixed first six months for Japan's recorded music sector
  • Acceleration in digital earnings growth
  • Likely full-year decline


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