Japan “Caused Drop In Global Music Sales”



Japan is being blamed for a drop in global music sales after sales tanked 16.7%, with such a huge drop in sales in the world’s second largest music market causing the world music market to shrink 3.9%.

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry statistics ding Japan for causing an overall decline in global music, so catastrophic were their losses.

Meanwhile in Europe sales actually grew, and even in the US digital sales increased 3.4%, whilst if Japan is excluded from the figures global sales actually increased by 0.1%.

Japan and South Korea are reportedly the only countries in 2013 to have had top 10 album charts entirely dominated by “local artists” (if AKB48 and company can be called this) – and needless to say, most of these are idol groups controlled by a handful of mega-players.

Even the IFPI blames its local cohorts in Japan for completely failing to embrace “digital transition” (although it might be more accurate to say the industry has desperately failed to stifle a digital transition whilst shifting to a handshaking event business model).

In Japan the music industry’s main effort to embrace technological change and the demand for new ways of accessing music has been to blame it all on piracy and use its remaining influence to have the government fully criminalise the downloading of copyrighted material – although much to the delight of all but the record company stooges the drop in sales only accelerated after downloading was banned.

This coupled with blanket domination of Japan’s mass media by AKB48 and a few other idol groups seems only to have precipitated the collapse in sales – as has the collapse in credibility the bundling of handshaking event tickets with CDs has inflicted on music charts and CD sales figures, now largely regarded as risible by all but the mass media themselves.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 19/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Poor music industry CEOs...

    It will take them more months of saving to buy that island in french Polynesia

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 19/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What's sad is it will be almost impossible for any of the music industry bigs to ever go bankrupt. They own the rights to so many songs/albums and their lobbyist will just try to stretch the copyright into perpetuity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    which means that piracy didnt do anything to them.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No, but it makes a great scapegoat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:25 31/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they criminalize downloading copyrighted music, less people will check out their music. Nowadays there are multitudes of different genres for music that are homemade and released for free. People are more likely to support those people who need it more instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have encountered articles that explain how piracy actually improved the Digital sales of music by advertising it.

    However those greedy bastards think that any pirated download of "their" would had otherwise been in their pocket (and not that many of them would not had ever bought it anyway) so they rage at imaginary profit.

    A bit like the old fairy tale of a tavern owner who served 2 fried eggs on a late paying customer and then charged him not for 2 eggs but for all the generations chickens and eggs that could had hypothetically been born out of the two initial eggs...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:29 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It actually is possible. The magic words are "copyright law reform".

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 22/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    And since the ones making the laws are puppets it is still almost impossible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    By that "island" you mean Australia?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, you mean they will need to save more for their sex tours to fuck 14-year old girls in France (legal age of consent there) and buy more yachts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 01/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    in france the legal age of consent is 15

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their nation-wide brainwashing attempts are clearly not strong enough in Japan like they are in the US. Maybe buy out a few more radio stations? Assassinate a few idols? Give Miku a virus?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Give Miku a virus?"
    Lol! Have her holographic self having sex with with holographic tupac shakur, then released like asupposed leaked sex tape. Hahaha any publicity is good publicity,no?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Computer virus would work.

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    Comment by Neonie
    17:15 19/03/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Boo hoo music industry, cry some fucking more. So some CEO's and megacorps lost some of their billions of dollars. Oh woe is them.

    How about you stop charging abhorrent fucking prices for a single goddamn album in Japan. It's no fucking wonder people pirate your shit when you expect them to pay $30 for ten fucking songs. Suck a cock.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:10 19/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That's why I buy doujin! COMIKET AND M3 for the win.

    Yes I do actually buy them

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:08 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish musicians would give a generalized fuck you to the music industry and go all independent or formed alliances among themselves.

    You don't need a huge corporation anymore to produce CDs or sell mp3s ang grab most of the profit leaving you with crumbles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 22/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @7:50 Well, of course the people giving "constructive criticism" aren't exactly doing a great job of that, either. In fact, I'd say that most people who just up and fling their "constructive" criticism at an artist unasked don't actually know how the fuck to criticize effectively.

    Besides, what the fuck does it matter if there's shitty artists out there making bad art? Don't fucking look at it or listen to it or whatever. Getting uptight because someone doesn't choose to heed your enormous wisdom is kinda dickish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pity there are so many shit indy musicians out there.

    Just like there are a lot of shit artists out there.

    They both scream: "It's my style!" or "Stop blocking my creativity!" when offered constructive criticism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except tons of them are more talented than any of those idol groups.
    It's the opposite, you don't need a huge corporation to promote you if you're actually good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do if you've got no talent, like all those performers who are competing for the most youtube views of all time right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Levo Lution has been releasing some of his albums on his website as of late.

    <3 Levo Lution's stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What an irony indeed.
    AKB48, the top seller in Japan right now (what a shame...) sells millions of CDs, around 6 million total per year, if we count only the singles. And Im not counting the other COPY40 groups.
    And now we have this news about a dropping in sales for worldwide music industry because of Japan numbers.
    Now... the other irony its that we are supposed to talk about music here, but the top CD seller in Japan actually sells paper (handshake tickets, photos, election tickets),the last important thing in AKB48 CD are the music CD.
    Well done Japan Idol Industry... well done.

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    Comment by starsplash
    21:05 19/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Everything in Japan is expensive. Its all because of Middlemen. You take them out, you will get back to decent prices.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 19/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    >implying big business gives discounts for cutting out the middleman

    toppest of kek!!!
    boy are you clueless!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 19/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    $30 is actually really cheap for a full album in Japan. Usually it's $40 and up. I've paid $30 for a single before. :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 19/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


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    Comment by Imyou
    06:28 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugh, it's true. Most of the top charting stuff is 3990ish. Some almost twice that.


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 19/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How much do game OSTs usually go for? As I seem to get them for around $35 pre-shipping.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eat my pussy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 19/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How much do they actually make from sales anyway? Don't they make most of their money from publishing?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No no. Most of their CD's are charged 30 dollars for a single song on a cd. That's what's absurd.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well technically it's usually two songs with two "off-vocal" versions, so a total of 4 songs per CD....but then again, noone really gives a rats ass about the off-vocal that much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Most japanese singles cost 1500-1600 yen and have 3 or 4 songs along with the off-vocal versions of each song. Plus they normally come bundled with a dvd and a photo or photocard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The DVD bundled ones are the special edition ones and they cost around 2,600 - 3,000 yen.

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    Comment by Rya
    17:21 19/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They can increase sales again by having idols shake whatever the customer wants.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 19/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Sounds like the logical next step. They're pretty much prostitutes anyway.

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    Comment by Rya
    18:08 19/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Itsumo kansha!

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    Comment by Tasche
    21:53 19/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 19/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    compensated album sales; sounds reasonable

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hit it right on the nail, anon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah that's how i see it to

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Give all the flat idols boob jobs, make em wear low cut tops that reveal a lot of cleavage = profit

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chihaya Kisaragi may or may not approve.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    A flat chest is a status symbol! Extremely rare and valuable!

    Your reasoning is absurd!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Has anime taught you nothing? Watch some Manyuu Hikenchou or any anime where a loli rubs her chest while staring sadly at one that has been blissfully endowed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:19 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @14:07 I don't see Taiga or Yutori complaining about their delicious flat chest.

    Also Konata was quoting another character so she is not the first to say that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't expect most people here to be able to appreciate such delicious oppai.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those were the most disturbingly shaped boobs I had seen since forever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, anime taught me things! Things like this! http://youtu.be/kzqJzvfi6H0

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah but Konata is insane. She's the only one who would say that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would ask them but they clearly don't have much to shake... it's ok, they can still use their hands to shake something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You just reminded me about that recently translated Askray's doujin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Idols there have much to shake, that's the relation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't figure out the connection...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they have inplants...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    implants don't really shake very well

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    IMplants, and who was the last idol you can recall having any?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hands, for example.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


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