Universal touts new master-tone record

Universal reckons it has chalked-up a new digital music record in Japan, where R&B artist Thelma Aoyama’s second single Sobaniirune (I’ll Be With You) has sold over 7 million downloads in Japan, including 2 million full-track mobile downloads.
In a rare glimpse at the download payload, Universal reveals the track’s seen 3.4 million master-tone, 2 million full-track mobile download, and 1.6 million ring-back tone sales.
The song has also been certified by leading Japanese music chart provider, Oricon, as the country’s most popular physical CD single of the year, selling more than 550,000 copies to date.
The single was released by Universal Music Japan in two stages.  It debuted digitally as a master-tone last December, but its popularity exploded when released as a full-track download (and physical CD single) early in 2008.  A major factor was the track’s inclusion in a TV commercial by Japan’s telco giant, NTT DoCoMo.
Last year, Aiuta (Love Song) by Universal Music Japan act GreeeeN became the first full-track mobile download anywhere to sell a million copies.
With family roots in Japan and Trinidad & Tobago, Thelma Aoyama became interested in music at the age of three, influenced by a videoclip of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation, and she started to sing in a gospel choir at age ten.  Her 2007 single, One Way, was her debut recording for Universal Music Japan.

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