News - 2018

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December 14, 2018 – Music Streaming and Podcast Listening in Cars Doubles in Five Years – Study

Increasing connectivity between cars and smartphones is changing what drivers listen to behind the wheel, according to a new study. As wireless links between cars and mobile devices using streaming services have become more common, the number of drivers listening to downloaded or streamed audio has doubled in the last five years, the research by… Read More

December 14, 2018 – 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Music Execs Share Their Picks For Gadgets & Goodies

The holiday season always hits amidst a wind-down period for the industry, as Q4’s releases trickle out and the OOO messages start piling up, leaving time for a bit of reflection, R&R and a lot more of the “play” in the work-play dynamic. To fete the end of the year and the 2018 holiday season, Billboard reached… Read More

December 13, 2018 – Music Business Association Announces Record Archive Owners Richard Storms and Alayna Alderman as Recipients of 2019 Independent Spirit Award

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present its 2019 Independent Spirit Award to Richard Storms and Alayna Alderman, owners of the Rochester-based independent record store Record Archive, during the Music Biz Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner set to take place on Tuesday, May 7 during the Music Biz 2019 Annual Conference at the… Read More

December 12, 2018 – Music Biz Member Royalty Exchange Profiled In Forbes Magazine

Royalty Exchange, a member of the Music Business Association, was profiled this week by Forbes Magazine. Royalty Exchange gives songwriters the opportunity to create a new, immediate revenue stream by selling their catalogs to investors. This offers a highly beneficial solution for both parties, as songwriters receive an up-front payment for their performances while investors… Read More

December 11, 2018 – Music Biz Member Capitol Music Group Hosts Inaugural ‘Capitol Royale’ Creativity and Innovation Marathon In Los Angeles

In the wake of technology changing the landscape of the music industry, companies are shifting their energy towards more cutting-edge and forward-thinking methods of doing business. Enter Capitol Royale: Capitol Music Group’s two-day creativity and innovation marathon (Dec 1-2) at its headquarters in Hollywood, CA. In the company’s continued investment in the music and tech… Read More

December 10, 2018 – Vinyl Record Production Has Finally Joined The Modern Age

When you think of manufacturing in the US, vinyl records probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind, but the industry has been chugging along as best it can. For decades, pressing plants have been using aging machines that require a complex infrastructure of piping for the steam-based heating (and cooling) mechanisms — not… Read More

December 7, 2018 – 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Announced: Comment From Music Biz President James Donio

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association, issued the following statement on the 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees, announced this morning: “The Music Business Association congratulates all of the nominees for the 61st GRAMMY Awards. Clearly the increase in the number of nominees in the top four categories has given way for a wider range… Read More

December 7, 2018 – Music Biz Congratulates Members & Friends Featured In Billboard’s 2018 ‘Women In Music’

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) would like to congratulate its members, friends, and affiliates for being featured on Billboard’s ‘Women In Music 2018’ list. We’d like to send a special congratulations to the four Executives of the Year: Danielle Aguirre, Executive VP/General Counsel for the National Music Publishers Association; Dina LaPolt, Founder/Owner of LaPolt Law, and… Read More

December 6, 2018 – Oldies But Goodies: Streaming Makes Catalog Records New Again

Since 2014, digital music streaming buoyed the recorded music business into its third year of rising global revenue. As if that weren’t good enough news already, fans found out that their old music- or what industry executives call “catalog”- mattered again. In the recorded music business, “frontline” has traditionally been considered any track less than… Read More

December 5, 2018 – Independent Record Labels Earned $6.9BN in 2017, Says Report

Global revenues generated by independent record labels reached $6.9 billion in 2017 according to WINTEL 2018, the third report produced for the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN). That figure was up 10.9% year-on-year compared to 2016, when indie labels generated $6.2bn. The research also shows that independents increased their global market share from 39.6% in 2016… Read More