Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2018

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August 28, 2018 – [MEMBER DISCOUNT] Making Vinyl Conference, October 1 – 2

MAKING VINYL returns to Detroit from Oct 1-2. Join the conference to understand fully the technical and logistical supply chains that determine the production and performance of vinyl records, including all related factors impacting quality, reliability & bankability. This is the single most important two-day event for all stakeholders involved in the manufacturing, mastering, cutting,… Read More

August 28, 2018 – [MEMBER SPOTLIGHT] Public Performance Rights Organization Pro Music Rights Reaches a 7.4% Market Share Making It The 3rd Largest Public PRO in U.S.

Pro Music Rights, a member of the Music Business Association, is the fifth-ever formed Public Performance Rights Society in the United States, one that controls a market share of 7.4% in the U.S. The organization represents works with such notable acts as Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, Lil Yachty,… Read More

August 27, 2018 – Ariana Grande scores 3rd #1 album: 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, singles). “Ariana Grande tops the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts with her third #1 album, Sweetener. She is more that living up to her title… Read More

August 27, 2018 – [MEMBER SPOTLIGHT] Spotify Reveals ‘The Most Streamed Songs of Summer 2018’

It was the plea heard around the world; “Kiki, do you love me?” The line not only set the stage for a viral dance challenge, but served as the standout lyric of 2018’s most streamed song of the summer – “In My Feelings” by Drake. The track, from the artist’s smash double album Scorpion, streamed more… Read More

August 22, 2018 – Smartphone Users Put Their Most Essential Apps on Home Screen, Not Necessarily Their Highest Usage Apps

From our survey, we know that 80% of smartphone users move apps to their home screen, and 61% of these home screen curators list how often they use the app as the top factor influencing their decision to do so. “How often,” or frequency of usage, is an important distinction from “most used,” or highest… Read More

August 20, 2018 – Fox Rothschild Signs On As a Presenting Sponsor of Music Biz’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is excited to announce that Fox Rothschild LLP has signed on as a presenting sponsor of its Entertainment & Technology Law Conference taking place on Tuesday, September 25 in New York City. We’re excited to welcome the firm to the event and look forward to working with Monika Tashman… Read More

August 16, 2018 – The 2018 Radio Format of the Summer

During the summer, each and every year, American radio listening habits shift. In recent memory, this has meant that stations specializing in music from decades past—in particular,  Classic Rock and Classic Hits—see their audience levels rise during the warmest months of the year. Which radio format will be 2018’s most popular? Keep reading to find… Read More

August 16, 2018 – Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Passes: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

Music Business Association President James Donio released the following statement regarding the recent passing of Aretha Franklin: “The Music Business Association and music fans around the world are extremely saddened by the news of the passing of the legendary Aretha Franklin. Simply put, there was no one like her. Her voice was one for the… Read More

August 14, 2018 – Music Biz Member Exactuals Acquired by City National Bank

City National Bank recently announced it has acquired Exactuals, a member of the Music Business Association and Los Angeles-based provider of innovative SaaS solutions for complex payments in the entertainment industry. Exactuals’ innovative payment system, PaymentHub, allows studios, unions, guilds, payroll companies, music publishers, record labels, distributors and marketplaces to provide direct deposit payments, tax… Read More

August 13, 2018 – Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ Scores Year’s Second-Highest Debut: 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 and BuzzAngle Music: “This week’s Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts are all about Rapper Travis Scott, who soared to the top of the charts with his new album Astroworld. The record moved over 537,000 album equivalent… Read More