Japanese Music Market works very different ofcourse from other Western Countries. It's a very fast-paced industry where artists release 1 album a year. The promotion cycle for an album is very short and sales are very frontloaded. A completely new single is often already announced shortly after the album release or sometimes even before the album even has been released. So the release-date of a completely new single can be sometimes just be 1 or 2 months after the album release.
Also Albums don't have strong longevity, you won't see an album charting for like 2 or 3 years. Once it's out of the top 200 it won't likely chart anymore and even if it charts it will be in the lower regions with a few hundreds of sales.
floria wrote:I have a question:
How many million physical singles were sold in Japan during the year? Japan is 50%, 60% or even 70% of all physical singles sold in the world?
I don't have the info for 2010 but in 2009 43.6 million Physical Singles were sold in Japan accounting for aprox. 72% of Worldwide physical Singles!
and in 2011 there were 5 Million Selling singles.
floria wrote:Yes, I know that Oricon account only physical sales, but in practice almost no digital in Japan...
Don't underestimate the digital market in Japan. It's still the 2nd biggest digital market in the world, after the US.
In 2010 25% of the Japanese market was digital and accounted for almost 1 billion USD, which is bigger than the whole French market!! And actually not too far away from the whole UK/German market(1.3/1.4billion)
The only bad thing about the digital market is that it's not as transparent as other markets such as UK or US for example. They don't provide sales numbers etc. which I wish they did. We only know how much they have sold based on the RIAJ certifications.
The Japanese Music Market is a very lucrative market. They have by far the biggest physical single's market and also the biggest Music-DVD market in the World.
Also the high prices! A physical single cost the same amount as an album in the US/UK!! and albums and Music DVDs from local artist are about 3/4 times more expensive as in US/UK!