Japanese Music Royalties Overseas Rose 61% With Naruto, One Piece, GTO, Sailor Moon
posted on by Egan Loo
The Japanese Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) reported last month that the music royalties it received from overseas performances rose 60.9% to 526.67 million yen (about US$5.13 million) in 2013, while overseas recording royalties also rose 60.6% to 297 million yen (about US$2.9 million). In particular, the share of overseas royalities from anime increased. In 2013, royalties from Asia (particularly from South Korea and China) topped 100 million yen for the first time at 120 million yen (US$1.2 million).
For the second year in a row, Naruto Shippuden's background music earned the most overseas royalities. The top 10 titles in overseas music royalties were:
- Naruto Shippuden background music
- One Piece background music (Kouhei Tanaka)
- GTO background music
- One Piece background music (Shiroh Hamaguchi)
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon background music
- Kaiketsu Zorori background music
- Dragon Ball Z background music
- Fairy Tail background music
- Hunter x Hunter background music
- Pokemon background music
JASRAC reported that overall music royalties, domestic and overseas, totaled 110,845,580,000 yen (US$1.09 billion), a small decrease of 0.9% from the year before.