Industry Leader, TuneCore, Expands Worldwide Platform to Japanese Market
NEW YORK, November 19, 2012 – TuneCore, the largest distributor and one of the highest revenue-generating music catalogues in the world, announced today the launch of TuneCore Japan. This expansion of TuneCore’s already globally utilized music distribution system will not only add to TuneCore’s ever-growing roster of talented artists, but more importantly, it creates a unique user experience.
“Tens of thousands of artists from outside the U.S. have been using the TuneCore platform with great success for many years,” says Scott Ackerman, TuneCore COO. “But with the launch of TuneCore Japan, we together with our partners can now widen our global reach by offering a unique, culturally-relevant user experience built on the strength of TuneCore’s platform.”
In expanding to Japan’s enormous market, TuneCore artists in Japan will be able to sell their music in stores like iTunes and AmazonMP3, with more stores expected to sign on in the future. TuneCore has always been a service that can be used worldwide, but building websites that are country-specific makes the entire distribution process easier for both artists and providers. One of the key functions of the TuneCore Japan platform is giving artists the ability to buy services and receive payments in Yen currency.
“We wanted to build a platform that could be used worldwide,” said Iichiro, CEO of TuneCore Japan. “Our goal is to help Japanese artists to gain recognition in a global music marketplace. TuneCore Japan will offer artists the industry-leading technologies and services in aiding to sell their music.”
With a roster that has leading Japanese artists like KOJOE, a symbolic indie hip-hop musician, this new market platform is already helping Japanese recording artists gain exposure and the opportunity to grow their sales revenue and royalty payments.
TuneCore distributes artists’ music to iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Google Play, eMusic, AmazonMP3, Deezer, Simfy and many other major download and streaming sites for a simple flat fee while taking no rights and no revenue from the sale of the music. Since its launch in 2006, TuneCore has more than 250,000 artist and label account holders, including TuneCore artists: Nine Inch Nails, Drake, Civil Wars, Sonic Youth, Beck, Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Blood On The Dance Floor, Public Enemy, Willie Nelson, They Might Be Giants, Donna Summer, MGM Studios, Bjork, Moby, Girl Talk, Brian Eno, and hundreds of thousands more.
TuneCore (http://tunecore.com) is the largest distributor and has one of the highest revenue-generating music catalogs in the world. In the past two years, TuneCore Artists have sold over 600 million units and generated over $300 million dollars in gross music sales and songwriter revenue.
In fall 2011, TuneCore launched its separate groundbreaking Global Songwriter Publishing Administration Service, providing any global songwriter publishing administration to register their copyrights, collect money that is rightfully theirs, protect and police their copyrights and songs, and issue licenses.