Subscription services are helping music industry rebounds in countries around the world — except in Japan. But the market still has good news to share. Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) figures show the country’s CD shipments rose 8% in 2012. The number of units shipped was up 9%.
This marks the first time since 1998 the value of Japan’s audio shipments rose over the previous year, according to music trade McClureMusic. The gains were attributed to the popularity of local act AKB48 and greatest hits collections by Yumi Matsutoya and Tatsuro Yamashita.
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