News - 2018

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June 19, 2018 – Many Facebook Users Are Sharing Less Content

For the most part, Facebook users haven’t stopped using the social platform following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. Still, there are some who are concerned about their personal data and how it will be used. When asked why they’re sharing less content with friends and followers on social media, 47% of Facebook users said it was because… Read More

June 19, 2018 – As Boomer Musicians Retire From Touring, Concert Industry Faces Uncertain Future

In the same week earlier this year, three of the biggest touring acts in the music industry – Elton John, Neil Diamond and Rush – announced farewell tours or retirements. The onslaught of announcements seemed to usher in what promoters have been dreading for years: the end of the Classic-Rock era.

June 14, 2018 – Why The Music Industry Should Treasure Its Vinyl and CD Superfans

The following Music Business Worldwide blog comes from Music Biz’s close partner Kim Bayley, CEO of the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). ERA recently published statistics which show that ‘Superfans’ of CD and vinyl – ie. those spending £400 or more a year on either format – shelled out £180m on physical music last year,… Read More

June 11, 2018 – SAVE THE DATES: Music Biz 2019 & 2020

The Music Biz conference has grown steadily over the four years we have hosted it in Nashville, topping 2,200 attendees in 2018 for the first time since 2003. The music business sensibility of Nashville and its Music City Music Council aligns so well with our efforts on behalf of music services, stores, labels, artists, songwriters,… Read More

June 5, 2018 – [IN THE NEWS] GLAAD’s ‘Power of Queer Storytelling in Song’ Discussion Inspires Tears, Standing Ovation

For the past three years, the Music Biz conference has hosted an LGBTQ-themed discussion panel in association with GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Association Against Defamation), and there’s little question that this year’s — “The Power of Queer Storytelling in Song” — was the most ambitious and resonant to date. It brought together four successful singer/songwriters,… Read More

May 31, 2018 – Music Biz 2018 Media Coverage

Following Music Biz 2018, we’ve received an impressive amount of media coverage! Take a read below and for the full video and photo recap, click here. May 31, 2018 — The Theory of Everything: Grab A Z And Hold On! — All Access May 25, 2018 — Music Biz Conference 2018 Download: How Artists Can Avoid… Read More

May 30, 2018 – Drake surpasses Elvis Presley with 26th Top 10 single, K-Pop makes first-ever appearance in Top 10: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published by Billboard – albums, singles) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double – albums). “BTS made a historic mark for the K-Pop world this week with Love Yourself: Tear. The album is the first of the genre to… Read More

May 29, 2018 – What Do Gen Z Shoppers Really Want?

“What do Gen Z shoppers really want,” the third and final installment of a global study co-sponsored by the IBM Institute of Business Value and the National Retail Federation, examines what this youngest generation considers to be “retail essentials” as well as what delights and engages them. The study, based on a global survey of… Read More

May 24, 2018 – 27% of U.S. Broadband Households Own At Least One Smart Speaker

Parks Associates’ new report “Global Connected Living Outlook: Expanding IoT Momentum” reports 27% of U.S. broadband households reported owning at least one smart speaker. “Smart speakers with personal assistants represent the early stages of innovations that use AI elements to expand the user experience,” said Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates. “They have proven very… Read More

May 23, 2018 – U.S. Consumers Will Buy More Than 485 Million Connected Devices In 2021

Parks Associates released new research estimates today at CONNECTIONS™ that U.S. consumers will purchase more than 485 million connected consumer devices in 2021, including smart home, connected health, mobile, and connected entertainment products. By 2022, sales will exceed 520 million units. Click here to read more.