July 15, 2009 – JapanFiles celebrates its 5th anniversary this week by announcing a partnership with Japanese music distribution/sales/rights agency BounDEE, Inc.
JapanFiles and BounDEE will work together in the coming months to expand the catalog of independent artists available to Japanese music fans through the JapanFiles.com digital music website.
Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles specializes in digital sales and media promotion for Japanese music, with over 300 indie and major artists reaching their USA fans – rock, pop, hip-hop, punk, and electronic. All downloads are DRM-free and only 99 cents each.
JapanFiles has sponsored Japanese artist appearances at Sakura-Con, Anime Boston, A-Kon, FanimeCon, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Media Expo, Anime Vegas, Animex, SXSW, Slim’s (San Francisco), and Knitting Factory (New York City).
JapanFiles has produced 16 USA CD releases for Japanese artists, including Morning Musume, girugamesh, LM.C, Hangry & Angry, ketchup mania, Swinging Popsicle, LiN CLOVER, Budo Grape, BESPA KUMAMERO, and three volumes of the "Fresh Cuts from Japan" compilation series.
About BounDEE, Inc.:
BounDEE, Inc. is Japan’s largest distributor of independent music and was established September 14, 1999. BounDEE maintains offices in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka, Japan.
BounDEE assists artist/labels in:
– Planning, production, rights acquisition and exploitation of records, videograms, etc.
– Planning, manufacturing, distribution and sales of records, music tapes, videograms, audio and visual products.
– Digital music distribution
– Sales of artists merchandise
BounDEE currently works with over 1,300 labels/artists, distributing about 100 physical CD/DVD titles very month and distributing a total of 100,000 digital music, adding 4,000 new tracks every month, to over 500 digital music stores.
BounDEE distributes physical products to approximately 6000 CD, book, electronic, specialty, variety and CD rental stores nationwide in Japan as well as approximately 200 online stores in Japan and overseas including Amazon, HMV, TSUTAYA online and @Tower.
Artists can release their videos to worldwide viewers through BounDEE’s official channels on YouTube, Nico Nico Douga and Yahoo! Douga. BounDEE also launched a music event, LIVE BounD! in July 2008 to provide opportunities for fans to discover and enjoy new music and artists.
BounDEE provides labels support in fulfilling their duties as users of copyright to the copyright owners. BounDEE draws up Copyright Assignment Agreement (terms and conditions vary on authors and songs), concludes contracts with songwriters (authors/composers), takes care of rights clearances, reporting and royalty payment to the Copyright Association for the uses of songs in CD, DVD, digital distribution.