Tag Archive: Japan

  1. In The Press Archive

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    Below is a collection of old press articals that are currently online about some of the work we have been doing at Horus Music.

    Horus Music in Japan 2009 and 2010:

    Horus Music in both 2009 and 2010 has visited Tokyo with the aim of furthering our business relationships with colleagues in Japan.  The trip was organised with the UKTI and BPI.  Until our visit to Japan we didn’t know too much about the music industry in Japan and we were under the impression ‘Western’ music was very popular in Japan.  However once in Japan and being privileged to speak to a lot of great people there and review the statistics as well as visit the many and wonderful record shops you quickly find out that ‘Western’ music only counts as a small percentage.  We love Japan and have made some really great friends there and many of them are interested in developing non Japanese artists, but the path is not easy and there is a lot of work to be done.

    In 2010 ‘Western’ music only accounted for 18% of the sales of music in Japan, so competition is hard.  Also, if you’re an unknown artist with no press back home, why would a Japanese company invest money in you not only in terms of marketing, and producing some very special Japan only recordings, but in terms of expense in flying you out there and looking after you?  Yes companies will do it, but sales are shrinking, so you have to ensure you have some very special music in the first place, but just as important, you need to ensure you have a lot of interest back home, because if you cannot get any interest in your music back home then its highly likely  you won’t get any interest in another country, espeically in one where you may not speak the local language, and many people do not speak English.  Do contact us if you are interested in knowing more as we can help you begin the process of overcomming many of the problems of getting in to Japan, help you build sales history and explore possible deal opportunities.  None of this is possible or easy if you don’t have the right contacts in Japan or are not actively visiting.

    The following is taken from the Leicester Mercury on the 3rd August 2009:

    Horus Music in Japan and UKTI Trade Mission

    UKTI Press Release


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  2. Our Friends in Japan

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    To our friends in Japan, our heart continues to go out to you in your time of need and huge tragedy.  We are relieved to hear from all our friends there that you are safe, but understand the nightmare has not stopped and many terrible things continue to happen.    We at Horus Music treasure our close relationships with the people of Japan and we stand shoulder to shoulder with you.  We are ready to help in any way we can and continue to liaise with various organisations to find out what is needed and do what we can to help in finding urgent needed supplies.

    For those searching for friends or relatives in Japan, Google has opened up this person finder to help you locate each other.  Click here to open.

    To anyone that can provide a donation to help with Japanese relief efforts, the British Red Cross can take donations here:

  3. There’s no business like the music business

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    British music moguls keen to make their mark on the global stage will visit Japan from 2 to 6 August in a bid to understand what it takes to crack the world’s second largest music market.

    The 28 music companies brought together by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), in partnership with BPI, the British Recorded Music Industry, include Gary Barlow’s new company Future Records; Robbie Williams’ management company iE Music; Illa State Records, co-owned by MOBO award-wining rapper and founder of the Hip Hop Shakespeare theatre company, Akala, and FAADA, Elroy ‘Spoonface’s’ record management company.

    Phil Patterson, UKTI music specialist, who will also be chairing panel sessions during the mission, said: “This music mission is really a master class into how to successfully compete and gain real business insight in one of the world’s most lucrative markets. This is the sort of opportunity money can’t buy and we are one of the few countries that give music companies, and their talent, such a head-start.

    Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of UK Music, the umbrella group representing the UK’s commercial music industry, said: “The UK is a world leader for music, and we are one of only three countries in the world who are net exporters of repertoire. Quite justifiably, BPI/UKTI trade missions have gained a reputation for playing a significant role in that remarkable accomplishment – taking UK music entrepreneurs to key international markets and laying the foundation for future and sustained success.”

    The companies involved in the mission will take part in panel sessions and workshops, and will be given the opportunity to present their repertoire and meet senior music industry experts from major and independent companies including Universal Music Japan, EMI Japan, Imperial Records and Fujipacific Music Inc.

    UK music facts * UK music is a major UK export, worth around US$2 billion annually. * The UK is the third biggest market for music in the world; only the USA and Japan are larger. * The money made by UK artists overseas increased by 19.4 per cent between 2008 and 2009, up from £139.8 million to £166.9 million. International royalties earned by UK acts have more doubled since 1999. * The biggest-selling artist album in the world has been provided by a British act for the last three years in a row (Susan Boyle, Coldplay, and Amy Winehouse). * 2009 saw UK acts achieve huge critical success and multi-platinum sales in domestic and worldwide markets. Susan Boyle’s debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, was the world’s biggest seller, as well as the fastest-selling debut ever, while artists such as Muse and Lily Allen enjoyed Number Ones in many territories. In the USA, several landmarks were achieved, with Coldplay becoming the first act to sell one million digital albums and Jay Sean the first British Urban artist to reach the top of the Billboard Top 100. Media contact For more information contact

    Notes for editors

    * UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For more information on UKTI, visit www.ukti.gov.uk

    * The BPI is the representative voice of the UK recorded music business. We are a trade organisation funded by our members – which include hundreds of independent music companies and the UK’s four major record labels. BPI’s members account for approximately 90% of all recorded music sold in the UK, and globally the UK’s recorded music market is the third biggest. The BPI also organises the annual BRIT Awards show as well as the Classical BRIT Awards show. The organising company BRIT Awards Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of the BPI. Substantial proceeds from both shows go to the BRIT Trust, the charitable arm of the BPI that has donated almost £15m to charitable causes nationwide, since its foundation in 1989.

    * The delegates taking part in this mission are: Ammunition Promotions Limited, Baroque Records Limited, Espionage TLC & Think, Exploding Chicken, FAADA, Future Records/ San Remo Live Limited, Generator / Epic Leisure, Gilmour Design/ Sounds of Caligula, Horus Music Limited, IE Music, Illa State Records/ Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, Inigo Recordings Limited, Jalapeno Records, Kully B Productions, Lightsong Music Limited, Monumental, Nice Things Music, Notting Hill Music, Phoenix Music, Pinball Productions, Supreme Music Limited, This Morning Call, Transmission Management and Vigilante Vocal Tech.