Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2016

Here you’ll find the latest announcements on Association events and partnerships, the latest from within our member community, and expert reporting from around the global music business. If you’d like to receive updates like these sent directly to your inbox, sign up for our daily news feed email today!

Click Here To Sign Up

November 8, 2016 – “The 50th Annul CMA Awards” Triggers Significant Increase in Country Music Album and Song Sales

Not only did Country fans tune in to watch Country Music’s Biggest Night™ on Nov. 2, but numbers indicate they were listening and engaged too. Last week’s national television broadcast of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” saw a 37% gain in overall post show Country album sales and a 47% increase in sales for Country… Read More

November 8, 2016 – NRF: Holiday Headquarters

American consumers plan to spend an average $935.58 during the holiday shopping season this year, according to NRF’s survey conducted by Prosper Insights. Nearly six in 10 plan to buy for themselves, spending an average $139.61, up 4 percent from last year and marking the second-highest level of personal spending in the survey’s 13-year history.… Read More

November 8, 2016 – Mobile Payments in the US Growing Fast, but Still Far from Mass Adoption

Despite double-digit growth this year and next, Americans’ use of mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, as well as branded apps that include mobile wallets like the Starbucks app, Walmart Pay and CVS Pay, will not reach mass adoption in the foreseeable future. This year, 38.4 million Americans 14 and over… Read More

November 3, 2016 – Is the Record Business Really Back? How Streaming Is (And Isn’t) Turning a Profit

For the last few years, Barclays’ annual research reports about the music industry reflected the challenges of a business in ­transition — or, more specifically, one that had slowed a rapid decline but had not returned to growth. In 2014, as track sales fell, the bank’s report declared that “Streaming Killed the Download Star”; the… Read More

November 3, 2016 – [CONSUMER INSIGHTS] How Musicians Listen

How do musicians listen to music? Are they streamers? Do they embrace YouTube? Are they sharing more on Facebook? How about Twitter? Log-in to Music Biz Consumer Insights portal to get topline data on all this, plus more: https://musicbiz.org/resources/tools/music-biz-consumer-insights/consumer-insights-portal/

November 3, 2016 – Black Friday Enthusiasm High for US Internet Users

US internet users are enthusiastic about holiday shopping, and that includes Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. According to a September 2016 survey from Accenture, over two-thirds of US internet users plan to shop on Black Friday this year, and nearly as many plan to take part in Cyber Monday “festivities.” FULL ARTICLE: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Black-Friday-Enthusiasm-High-US-Internet-Users/1014679

November 2, 2016 – Music Biz Mourns The Loss of Former Chairman David Schlang

Music Biz President James Donio released the following statement regarding the recent passing of former Music Biz Chairman David Schlang: We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of former Music Biz Chairman of the Board David Schlang. David was one of the Association’s longest and strongest supportive members. As a wholesaler with One… Read More

November 2, 2016 – NY:LON Connect Conference Set for January in London

Music Ally and the Music Business Association are pleased to announce a new annual event for the international music industry. NY:LON Connect is a music industry summit providing a forum for leading international executives to discuss the key issues of the day. The first summit will take place on January 24 and 25, 2017 at the offices of event host sponsor Reed Smith in… Read More

November 1, 2016 – New Member Profile Feature: Exactuals

Company Name: Exactuals Website: www.exactuals.com Location: Los Angeles, CA Number of Employees: 25 Number of Years in Business: 8 Primary Contact: Bryan Walley, COO, bryan.walley@exactuals.com Company Description: Exactuals works with all facets of the music industry to provide secure, transparent, and rapid payments. Our PaymentHub platform can integrate with your existing calculation systems or Exactuals can perform the royalties calculations on… Read More

October 31, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] Lady Gaga Scores Fourth Chart Topper with ‘Joanne’

Music Biz President James Donio commented on the recent sales figures released by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published in HITS): It was a big week for Lady Gaga, who topped the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts with her new album, Joanne. It’s Gaga’s fourth chart-topper and the fourth-biggest launch of 2016, with… Read More