Inside Tower Records As Girl-Group Handshake Fans Push Japan Music Sales Past U.S


A customer picks up a music CD and DVD package by 'AKB48', a Japanese... News PhotoAKB48,Arts Culture and Entertainment,Asia,Child,Compact Disc,Consumerism,Customer,DVD,East Asia,Economy,Environment,Girls,Home Finances,Horizontal,J-pop,Japan,Music,Musician,Retail,Shopping,Showing,Store,The Media,Tokyo - JapanPhotographer Collection: Bloomberg 2013 BloombergA customer picks up a music CD and DVD package by 'AKB48', a Japanese girl group, displayed on a shelf at a Tower Records Japan Inc. store in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, July 1, 2013. Music sales in the country rose for the first time in five years, led by tunes delivered on CDs and other physical media, bucking the trend in developed markets as cheaper downloads gain ground. Physical media made up 82 percent of Japanese music sales last year, versus 37 percent in the U.S., said the Recording Industry Association of Japan. Photographer: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg via Getty Images