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January 26, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Music Industry is Moving Towards an ‘Attention Economy’, Says Sony Exec

Dorothy Hui, Sony Music Entertainment UK’s vice president of digital, tells the music industry ‘we are moving towards an attention economy’. Hui, whose experience spans partnership marketing, digital retail, direct-to-consumer and social media, said that artists and labels are competing for consumers’ limited attention spans as time is split between audio, visual and social media platforms. Addressing… Read More

January 26, 2017 – From Board Games to Toothbrushes, Five Holiday Hits You’d Never Expect

What was hot during Holiday 2016? It’s a question brands and retailers all want to answer as they reflect on the holiday’s successes and misses in preparation for Holiday 2017. Our research team was particularly interested in understanding which products sold substantially faster during Holiday 2016 compared to Holiday 2015. So we took a look… Read More

January 24, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] The Future for Labels? ‘The Enemy That We Have Is Kittens!’

Recorded-music revenues may be on the up again, but how do labels need to evolve to ensure that translates into a rosy future? It was one of the main topics on the agenda at our NY:LON Connect conference this morning in London. Our track on the future for rightsholders began with Bill Wilson, VP of… Read More

January 23, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Spends Third Week at #1; The xx Debut High

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published in HITS Daily Double). The Weeknd spent his third straight week at #1 on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts with Starboy, blocking debuting indie rockers The xx from taking the… Read More

January 23, 2017 – U.S. Cassette Album Sales Increased by 74% in 2016, Led by ‘Guardians’ Soundtrack

While the continued return of vinyl rightfully draws a lot of attention, there’s another format that’s on the comeback trail: the cassette. Cassette album sales grew by 74 percent in 2016 with 129,000 copies sold (up from 74,000 in 2015) according to Nielsen Music. Read more here.

January 23, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: Newzik

Company Name: Newzik Website:  www.newzik.com Location: Paris, France Number of Employees: 8 Number of Years in Business: 4 Primary Contact: Aurelia Azoulay, Head of Business Development, aazoulay@newzik.com Company Description: Newzik is a professional software on iPads that allows musicians to read, manage and annotate digital scores. Primary Service/Product: Newzik’s mission is is to improve the productivity for… Read More

January 22, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Data, Europe, equality and the value gap: seven things we learned at Eurosonic 2017

Data is king, but you have to know how to use it Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt from the IMMF, and Bill Wilson, VP of digital strategy at US trade organisation Music Biz, which regroups physical and digital music vendors, brilliantly managed to demonstrate the depth of data available to the industry, with the help of reps from… Read More

January 20, 2017 – Winning Diverse Shoppers In A Digital Retail World

For consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers and retailers, knowing how consumers go from wanting to buying along the elusive and increasingly digital path to purchase is critical for two reasons. First, it allows them to measure the market more accurately, so they can make better decisions about where and how to invest for growth. Second,… Read More

January 19, 2017 – 2016 Nielsen Social Media Report

“What’s next?” That question drives our industry every day. Answering it isn’t easy. You don’t get there using conjecture or assumptions—you get there using passion, precision, experience and rigorous science. And when it comes to measuring the breakneck evolution of social media—answering the question can be as difficult as it is vital. But when you… Read More

January 19, 2017 – Streaming ‘Finally’ Reaches CD-Loving Germany: 73 Percent Jump in Digital Helps Market Stay in the Black

The German music market grew by 2.4 percent in 2016, according to new figures released today by BVMI, Germany’s music industry association. With these figures, unveiled in Berlin, the local-based industry enjoyed growth rates for a fourth straight year. Across all formats, music sales (revenues valued at retail prices) added up to €1.58 billion, while… Read More