Music Life was the most prominent musical magazine of Japan, when it comes to "Western Pop". Original publication ran from 1951 to 1998. Generalist in the begining, it specialized and became exclusively dedicated to "Western Pop" around 1961.
The monthly publication was filed with news, critics of new records, exclusive interviews (Beatles), printed Japanese hit parades like "At the request of 95 million inhabitants" and "Your hit-parade", the US rankings Cashbox and Billboard.
There was also a page entitled "Who is Number°1 in Tokyo"
. A ranking of 20 or 30 best selling singles of "Western" and "Western Pop" in Tokyo city. The panel was of twenty specialized outlets. At that time and in the 70s, rock and pop records were mainly bought by the teenagers in the capital or the agglomeration of Tokyo. 1959 - 1960 - 1961 - 1962 - 1963 - 1964 - 1965 - 1966Cashbox Japanese charts, singles & LP's
Avril 15 1961 N°31 - The Cashbox extend coverage include Japan
NEW YORK—Adding to its ever- growing coverage of the world record market, The Cash Box this week features the first of a regular series of columns from Japan. As an introduction to the disk activities there, the initial column contains detailed information on the various labels being sold in Japan, distributors of those lines and top diskery execs. In addition, as with all other countries from which The Cash Box reports, a Best Sellers list of singles is included.
This is the first column from Japan. Weekly news will be sent in from Tokyo, the city of 9,740,933 population. The Cash Box is the first trade paper in the music industry to have a correspondent covering news in Japan.1963 - 1964