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Create a Japanese Web + Mobile Site at Top Music Japan

Why should you create a Japanese Web+Mobile Site? Click here for answer

News and Announcements

Happy 2014 (Year of the Horse)!
Congratulations to the following TopMusic.jp artists that performed in Japan last year.
Allison Adams Tucker
YUCA
Bloodcocks UK

Katya
goodbyemotel
LELE
Tha Black Knights
Steve Acho

Patrick Charles
see more...

If you are a TopMusic.jp artist and are performing in Japan, send us your show schedule so we can help promote your tour with a banner ad in www.TopMusic.jp. Send us photos and comments of your tour in Japan so we can share them with our users.

Create Your Japanese Web+Mobile Site. Promote and Sell Your Music in Japan.

Just submit the online order form with your information and we'll do the rest.
*A free ReverbNation Artist Account is Required.
Price $189 *One-time fee. No monthly, annual or transaction fees. Major credit cards (PayPal) are accepted. (US dollars)
*Need something cheaper? If you would like to only create a TopMusic.jp Web+Mobile Site ($49), click here.

What is included?

Japanese web site
See samples and detailed description below.

Japanese mobile site with QR Code (about QR Codes)
See samples and detailed description below.
Artist Page in TopMusic.jp
See samples and detailed description below.
Ichi-Oshi (Push Artist) Promotion in TopMusic.jp Home Page (12 weeks)

Shokai (Artist Spotlight) Promotion in TopMusic.jp Main Category Pages (continuous random)

Image Ad in TopMusic.jp (*Ad Type C displayed 75,000 times) (more info)
Access to Japan Music Marketing Members Resources
Valuable info and contacts for record companies, publishers, importers, licensors, and show/festival organizers in Japan that handle non-Japanese music/artists/labels...more info
Japanese Press Sheet: A PDF sheet in Japanese that contains your image, bio/profile, contact, and QR Code. It can be downloaded and printed from your web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page. A useful item for press, record companies, distributors, and show/festival organizers in Japan. sample 1 | sample 2
Top Music Japan Social Media:
We tweet you in Japanese Twitter.
We post you in Japanese Blog.
We post you in Japanese Facebook.
We post you in Japanese MySpace.
We add your video to Japanese YouTube Playlist (if you have a YouTube video).
TopMusic.jp (Top Music Japan) is a Japanese language online music guide that music consumers and industry people in Japan use to discover, follow and contact artists/bands from around the world. The goal of TopMusic.jp is to introduce and promote international artists/bands in Japan and to eliminate language, distance and technical barriers while providing an easy and affordable way for international artists to enter the Japanese music market. Click here to read more about TopMusic.jp in English. Click here to visit the TopMusic.jp home page and see what artists/bands from your country are already making it "Big in Japan".

Options
*Options may be added later.

Artist Shop: Sell your CD and merch in your Japanese web+mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page
($15/item one-time setup fee; PayPal account required)...more info

Order Form
Please see samples and read details below before ordering.
Labels, record / production companies, and managers with more than 1 artist must apply for 1 artist at a time.

Sample Japanese Web Site

Sample Web Site

Sample Japanese Mobile Site and QR Code
Sample QR Code
We generate a QR Code (a.k.a. QRickit) and display it in your Japanese web site, TopMusic.jp Artist Page and PDF Press Sheet. Users can scan the QR Code with their mobile phone camera and instantly access your Japanese mobile site. (Click here to learn more about QR Codes and Mobile Marketing.)

You can download the QR Code image freely from your Japanese web site or TopMusic.jp Artist Page by right-clicking on it to save it as a bmp or png file to your computer. You can print it on flyers, stickers, buttons, packaging, etc. Or you can make your own QR Codes for free by visiting QRickit.com.

Sample Full Version Mobile Site

Details

Samples

Sample Web Site #1 | Sample Mobile Site #1 | Sample TopMusic.jp Artist Page #1

Sample Web Site #2 | Sample Mobile Site #2 | Sample TopMusic.jp Artist Page #2

Sample Web Site #3 | Sample Mobile Site #3 | Sample TopMusic.jp Artist Page #3

Sample Web Site #4 | Sample Mobile Site #4 | Sample TopMusic.jp Artist Page #4

Sample Web Site #5 | Sample Mobile Site #5 | Sample TopMusic.jp Artist Page #5

The above links are live web and mobile sites. Scan the QR Codes above with your mobile device to view the mobile sites. Go to your favorite app store to get a QR Code reader (there are free ones available). Note that the display may be different on computers and mobile devices which do not use Japanese operating systems. You can also view the Artist Pages by going to TopMusic.jp

Widgets/Players
(see samples above)

  • Music Player
  • Video Player
  • Show Schedule with Map
  • Fan Email Collector
  • Photo Slideshow

The widgets we embed in the Japanese web+mobile site.

ReverbNation Music Player
ReverbNation Video Player
ReverbNation Show Schedule with Map
ReverbNation Fan Email Collector
Flickr Photo Slideshow
Instagram Photo Slideshow

A Reverb Nation Artist account is required. We will create one for you if you don't have one and send you the username and password OR you can click here to set up a free Reverb Nation Artist account yourself.

You can upload photos at Flickr or Instragram

*We prefer to use HTML5 widgets because they work on all modern computer, smartphone and tablet brwosers. Flash widgets are not compatible with many smartphone and tablet browsers.

Artist Bio/Profile

Our experts translate/edit your English text (i.e. bio/profile) into Japanese and include it in your Japanese web site, mobile site, PDF press sheet, and TopMusic.jp Artist Page. (Up to 200 English words included in price. Add US$0.15/word translation fee for words over 200).

Main Image

JPEG/GIF image (i.e. artist photo or CD cover) is displayed at the top of your Japanese web site, mobile site, optional PDF press sheet, and TopMusic.jp Artist Page.
*You can use a photo slide show widget to display more images.

News/Twitter/Facebook

If you have a Twitter account, we can add a widget that displays your latest "Tweets" in the NEWS and Latest Info section on your TopMusic.jp Artist Page. Your Japanese mobile site will link to the Twitter Mobile version. You can setup a free Twitter account at Twitter.com.

We also add a Facebook Page widget which shows activity in your Facebook Page. Please note that you need a Facebook Page (not just a profile). You can create a Facebook Page if you have a Facebook account.

We can also add a link to your official blog if you have one. You can setup a free blog at ReverbNation.com, Blogspot.com and other providers.

Optional (translation fees apply)
We can translate your news into Japanese and post it in the NEWS and Latest Info section of your TopMusic.jp Artist Page.

Google Map of Artist Location We display a world map so Japanese users can get an idea of where you come from.

Japan Show Schedule

Your ReverbNation Show Schedule with Map widget is displayed in your Japanese web site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page. You can post your shows there using your ReverbNation account.
*Note: widgets are not displayed in your mobile site.

Send us your Japan show schedule (max. 10 shows per submission) and we will post it in your web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page. It also becomes searchable in the TopMusic.jp Music Guide.

Links

We include your links to iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, MySpace, Facebook, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, your official home page and any Japanese Shops that sell your music. (Our staff does an internet search to find links to Japanese shops that sell your music.)

Record Label
or Production / Management Co.

If applicable, we display your record label name, image, and link in the TopMusic.jp Music Guide and in your web and mobile sites. The record label is also included in the TopMusic.jp "Record Label List" and Japanese users can search for and list all artists under the record label. The record label name, website link and image (150 x 150 pixels jpg/gif) are also randomly displayed in the "Label Showcase" section in all the main pages of the TopMusic.jp Music Guide.

Twitter Function

There is a button for Japanese Twitter users to easily "tweet" the artist name and Japanese Web Site URL.

Contact Form

Japanese users can send a message directly to you through a contact form on your web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page.
*Your email address is always hidden to users.

Music Industry Business Communications Service We receive inquiries on your behalf from Japanese TV/film/game music supervisors, press, concert/event organizers, record companies, and other music industry people through a special contact email link. When we get a serious business-related inquiry (i.e. licensing, booking, interview opportunity), we will let you know the basic nature of the inquiry in English and their contact info. You can decide whether or not to pursue the inquiry.
*We can provide fee-based translation/communications services if required.
Tell-a-Friend Japanese users can easily send your web and mobile site URLs to their friends using the "Tell-A-Friend" function on your web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page.

Mobile Site
Compatible with Japanese mobile phones (keitai and smartphones) and major carriers in Japan: AU, DOCOMO, SOFTBANK

TOP

Your Japanese mobile site is a version of your web site that is optimized for Japanese mobile phones (both traditional keitai and smartphones). It displays the same content from your Japanese web site. Japanese mobile users can follow you, listen to your music, watch your YouTube videos, and buy your music on their mobile phones (over 90% of all digital music in Japan is purchased via mobile phones!)

The above links are live mobile sites. Scan the QR Codes above with your mobile device to view the mobile sites. Go to your favorite app store to get a QR Code reader (there are free ones available). Note that the display may be different on mobile devices which do not use Japanese operating systems.
QR Code for Mobile Site
(click here to learn about QR codes)

We generate a QR Code (see above samples) and display it in your Japanese web site, PDF Press Sheet and TopMusic.jp Artist Page. Users can scan the QR Code with their mobile phone camera and instantly access your Japanese mobile site.

You can download the QR Code image freely from your Japanese web site or TopMusic.jp Artist Page by right-clicking on it to save it as a bmp or png file to your computer. You can print it on flyers, stickers, buttons, packaging, etc.

Special URL Address

People can access your Japanese Web and Mobile Sites through 1 URL. It automatically detects mobile users and sends them to your Japanese mobile site while computer users are sent to your Japanese web site.

The special URL address will look like:
http://artists.topmusic.jp/yourband

*If you wish to have your own custom Japanese domain name (e.g. yourbandname.jp), it is about $60/year. Click here to register your own custom Japanese domain name. We can help you setup your custom domain to automatically redirect to your Japanese Web Site.

Promotion: MP3
Free download from your Japanese web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page.

If you wish, you can offer a free MP3 file for download.
*This is a free MP3 you are offering as a promotion. It is not for sale. Japanese users may use it for non-commercial purposes in podcasts and blogs. TopMusic.jp users can search the site for artists that offer free MP3 downloads.

Promotion:
Ichi-Oshi (Push Artist)

We randomly rotate you in the Ichi-Oshi (Push Artist) section on the home page in the TopMusic.jp Music Guide for 12 weeks.

Promotion:
Shokai (Artist Spotlight)

We randomly rotate you in the Artist Shokai (Artist Spotlight) section at the top of the home page and music category pages in the TopMusic.jp Music Guide.

Promotion:
Advertising Discounts

Up to 50% off banner ad rates in the TopMusic.jp Music Guide. Click here to see banner ad rates. Discounts are offered for other Japanese music marketing services too.

Extras

You will also be eligible for:

  • interviews, CD/album/show reviews in TopMusic.jp
  • 50% discounts on banner advertising in the TopMusic.jp
  • shared and other advertising/promotional opportunities in Japan when available (i.e. joint ads, festival showcases, compilations, submissions, etc.)
Access to Japan Music Marketing Members Resources
(click here for more details of resources)

You can access online resources that include:

  • list of the main Japanese companies that distribute, license, publish, and import music from international artists/labels
  • list of companies that plan and manage live tours (gigs) in Japan for international artists
  • list of main music festivals in Japan that book international artists
  • standardized Japanese cover letters (printable PDF files) to use when sending your materials to Japanese record companies/distributors/licensors
Japanese Press Sheet (PDF)
Users can freely download it from your Japanese web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page.

We make a Japanese Press Sheet (PDF) which can be downloaded and printed by Japanese music industry people from your Japanese web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page. It contains your image, Japanese bio/profile, website URL, mobile site QR code, and contact email.

It is an important and useful item when contacting press, radio stations, record labels / companies, distributors, publishers, and show/festival organizers in Japan.

A version with Japanese text in graphics is also prepared for you so you can view and print it on non-Japanese computers. If you are mailing anything to Japan, you need this!

Click to view: sample 1 | sample 2

Top Music Japan Social Media
We tweet/post/add/like you in Top Music Japan social media sites.
  • We tweet you in Japanese Twitter.
  • We post you in Japanese Blog.
  • We post you in Japanese Facebook.
  • We add your video to Japanese YouTube Playlist (if you have a YouTube video).

Options

Online Sales - Artist Shop

Option: $15/item setup fee
This option can also be ordered anytime later at the same fee whenever you have a new CD or merch you want to sell in Japan online. There are NO transaction, monthly or annual fees.

We can add an ARTIST SHOP section to your Japanese web site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page so you can sell your CD's and merch directly to Japanese consumers. PayPal account required. Click here for more details of Artist Shop

See example #1 | See example #2
Other Info , Comments, Terms & Conditions
Modifications to your Japanese Web+Mobile Sites

There is NO login account provided because you cannot modify the Japanese web site, mobile site or TopMusic.jp Artist Page directly by yourself. But you can modify your content in the music player, video player, and show schedule widgets freely using your Reverb Nation account. For other modifications (contact email, links, etc.) you can submit your changes to us using an online form and our staff will make the updates. Many industry people use the TopMusic.jp Music Guide, so in order to maintain a professional and consistent standard, all web and mobile sites are manually processed and links/content checked by our Japanese staff.

To see how to make modifications to your Japanese web site, mobile site or TopMusic.jp Artist Page after setup, check out the Top Music Japan Artist Support and Resources Center.

Comments, Terms
and Conditions

Your Japanese web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page follow a fixed layout/design and are hosted on the TopMusic.jp server indefinitely or until deleted by TopMusic.jp administrators or by a request from you.

We may deactivate/delete your Japanese web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page from the server if you request us to do so by email. If this is the case, no refund is provided.

We reserve the right to deactivate or delete your Japanese web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page from the server at anytime at the discretion of TopMusic.jp administrators without notification or statement of reason made to you. If this is the case, a partial or full refund may be made.

Due to web and mobile site, server and system maintenance, as well as other unforeseen technical and internet connectivity issues, your Japanese web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page may not be available for a certain period of time. If this occurs, we will try to minimize this downtime. Naturally, we cannot guarantee 100% uptime.

Since the Japanese web+mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page may contain widgets from other companies, please check the policies and terms/conditions of the respective widget providers (i.e. ReverbNation, Twitter, Flickr, etc.)

TopMusic.jp and its owners, administrators and partners are not responsible for any loss or damage incurred by the use of any services or products supplied by Top Music Japan and JICS MEDIA.

Only a person authorized by the band/artist may submit the order form. By submitting the order form you declare that you are authorized by the band/artist, and understand and agree to the terms and conditions described here.

Invalid Impressions (Page Views)

You may not use any means to inflate web and mobile site impressions (page views) artificially, including manual methods.

Web and mobile site impressions (page views) should result from genuine Japanese visitors. Any method that artificially generates impressions (page views) on your Japanese web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page is strictly prohibited. These prohibited methods include, but are not limited to, repeated manual clicks or impressions, automated click and impression generating tools and the use of robots or deceptive software.

If you fail to comply with these policies, we reserve the right to deactivate your Japanese web site, mobile site and TopMusic.jp Artist Page at any time. If deactivated, you will not be eligible for further participation in our services and a refund will not be issued if payment was made.

How much does it cost?

There is a setup fee of US$189. There may be additional charges if you order options or make modifications later. There are no monthly, annual or transaction fees.

How to Order

Simply fill out and submit the online order form here. We will contact you when we have received your order form and payment.

After we receive your application, payment and materials, it usually takes 5 to 10 business days to complete your Japanese web and mobile sites. We will contact you by email when completed or if anything else is needed.

We reserve the right to accept and refuse orders at our discretion. If your order is not accepted, your payment will be refunded in full.

We recommend that you get the following things ready
to make the most of your Japanese web+mobile site.
  • Artist/Band Images - jpg or gif image files: min. 320x320 pixels for main web+mobile site image; min. 1200x1200 pixels for PDF press sheet; min. 1200x700 pixels (or larger keeping similar size ratio) for optional website background
  • ReverbNation Artist Account with at least 1 image and 1 MP3 uploaded (best if you also have at least 1 YouTube video and 1 show schedule). Get a free ReverbNation Artist Account at www.ReverbNation.com.
  • Upload photos to Flickr or Instagram (allow public viewing). Then we will be able to display a photo slideshow in your website.
  • YouTube video. If you don't have a YouTube music video, you can easily make one using your MP3 and some photos / images at www.animoto.com. Then upload it to YouTube.com.
  • Twitter Account. You can get a free Twitter Account at Twitter.com. Try to make at least 1 tweet.
  • Facebook Page. Create a Facebook Page.
  • Blog Account. You can create a blog using your ReverbNation Artist Account, Blogspot.com, Wordpress, etc.
  • Try to make a list of the links (URLs) to the shops that sell your music (iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Bandcamp, etc.)
  • Prepare a sample MP3 for free download (i.e. make one or more of your ReverbNation account songs downloadable). A short clip or full song is fine.
  • Prepare a well-written bio that is brief (about 200 English words), informative and concise. It's best to rewrite or edit your original English bio especially for Japanese music fans (or industry people) and so that it does not use slang or idioms that have no real meaning in Japanese and get lost in translation.

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