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Physical music shipments grow 9% in Japan in 2012

Physical music shipments grow 9% in Japan in 2012

Shipments of physical music in Japan jumped 9% in 2012 to 218m units, according to new figures from local trade body the RIAJ.

The total value of the physical music market hit 227.7 billion yen ($2.5 billion), up 8% from 2011.

Domestic product was dominant in the territory, with total domestic repetorie shipments hitting 180.2 million units, up 13% from 2011 -a value of 192.2 billion yen ($ 2.1 billion), up 11% from 2011.

The biggest-selling domestic artist was the 91-member girl group AKB48.

Annual international repertoire audio shipments fell by 4%, however,  down to 37.8 million units - a vlue of 35.5 billion yen ($390 million), down 9% from 2011. The figures are the latest in an eight year year-on-yera fall for international repetoire value in Japan.

Total audio and video musical shipments in Japan stood at 342.4 million units in 2012, up 8% from 2011 - carrying a value of 423.7 billion yen ($4.66 billion), up 5% from 2011.

The rise in shipments of audio recordings outstripped video in the year.

Source: Billboard

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Tags: japan, RIAJ

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