Naruto, One Piece, and DBZ have made it in the list of top 10 overseas Japanese music royalties! One Piece actually appears twice thanks to it’s two music composers. The information comes from the Japanese Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) who reported last month that music performance royalties rose 60.9% to 526.67 million yen (about $5.13 million USD) in 2013 compared to the year before. That’s likely thanks to the increase in legal streaming foreign companies pay the rights owners. Recording royalties, made from physical merchandise sales such as DVD’s, rose 60.6% from the year before to 297 million yen (about $2.9 million USD).
North America and Europe are not specifically mentioned, but Asia (particularly South Korea and China) is highlighted to have contributed over 120 million yen ($1.2 million USD). Interestingly, JASRAC reported overall music royalties were down 0.9% from the year before, meaning royalties made within Japan were down, but from the numbers from the rest of the world were up. In total, 110,845,580,000 yen ($1.09 billion USD) of royalties were generated from anime music worldwide.
Below are the top 10 shows (and their composers) in overseas background music royalties for 2013. In 2012, Naruto Shippuden lead all series followed by Dragon Ball Z at #2. Surprisingly, One Piece was not in the top 10 in 2012.
- Naruto Shippuden (Takanashi Yasuharu)
- One Piece (Kouhei Tanaka)
- Great Teacher Onizuka (Yusuke Honma)
- One Piece (Shiroh Hamaguchi)
- Sailor Moon (Takanori Arisawa)
- Kaiketsu Zorori (Kouhei Tanaka)
- Dragon Ball Z (Shunsuke Kikuchi)
- Fairy Tail (Takanashi Yasuharu)
- Hunter x Hunter (Toshihiko Sahashi)
- Pokémon (Shinji Miyazaki)