Re: Lack of Japanese Releases
Posted by: Kieran ()
Date: May 04, 2001 06:13AM

Hi Stuart , Basically Japan is in the throes of a very bad recession right now, and as with any country being affected by a recession , the first items to feel the pinch are non essentail purchases , basically hobbies...ie cd's. I was recently speaking with a friend who lives in Japan and works for a big music publishing company and he told me that long established bands were having problems selling concert tickets, Harry Hess of Harem Scarem will attest to this , they were in Japan two weeks ago. Their last visit two years ago was a 10 date tour, this time round 3 dates.The reasoning being that three dates should sell out completely., Scarem did fine btw. Zero , along with many other Japanese labels over the years paid out huge advances , to MSG, Nightranger, Fair Warning et al , and to be honest a lot of bands took advantage turning in sub standard product , henceforth the Japanese labels have become far more discerning with regard to whom they pay out big advances to for two reasons. One , they simply don't have the money they had three years ago due to the recession and secondly taking Zero as an example, just because you shell out huge amounts signing 'name' bands doesn't mean you will truckloads of product , so they have basically realised it's quality , not quantity that counts and are being far more careful on whom they sign and spend money on.The one good thing about this recession is it wwill hopefully stop the release of some of the many sub standard albums and those awful tribute albums.In a nutshell , they have wised up! Cheers,,,,,,,,,,,,Kieran

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Lack of Japanese Releases 66 Stuart 05/03/2001 08:57PM
Re: Lack of Japanese Releases55Kieran05/04/2001 06:13AM
Re: Lack of Japanese Releases 52 ADOLFO 05/04/2001 06:57AM
No Japan is hurting more so... 52 Andrew 05/04/2001 07:47AM
Japan 54Chris05/04/2001 11:38AM
Re: Transitional Period 49 Susumu 05/06/2001 12:54PM


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