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December 11, 2019 – Napster and Super Hi-Fi Announce Partnership to Create Personalized Music Listening Experiences

Music Biz members Napster and Super Hi-Fi announced this week a partnership that will allow music streaming services and leading consumer companies to easily create the next generation of personalized and branded music. The service will be available via Napster’s complete music and audio technology platform, “Powered by Napster,” and will use Super Hi-Fi’s advanced… Read More

December 10, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Building an Artist’s Foundation: A Look Into Artist Development in 2020 with AGD Entertainment’s Chelsea Cressman

The social media and streaming markets have led to a strong influx of new artists, with the number of new tracks posted to Spotify jumping from 20,000 daily to 40,000 daily in a year’s time. With all that competition, it can be incredibly daunting for a modern artist to connect with new fans and rise… Read More

December 9, 2019 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: IAFAR

Welcome the Independent Alliance For Artist Rights (IAFAR) to the Music Biz member community! IAFAR is a newly formed organization founded as an equivalent to the MPA and NMPA for the neighboring rights sector, whose goal is to increase awareness and understanding about the neighboring rights revenue stream. The organization provides educational materials and a… Read More

December 6, 2019 – Taylor Swift And Billie Eilish Have Made 2019 A Huge Year For Women Selling Vinyl

For years now, one of the most surprising stories in the music industry has been the resurgence of vinyl as a popular musical format. It all but disappeared for decades, but in just a relatively short span of time, many fans have decided they prefer the higher quality audio and that they enjoy owning their… Read More

December 5, 2019 – Music Business Association Taps Kobalt, EMPIRE, mtheory Nashville, Hopeless Records and UnitedMasters for New Board Members

Association Membership Has Expanded To Include 23 Diverse New Member Companies Over Past Three Months December 5, 2019 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors, with the aim of diversifying the Board to align with the makeup of the Association’s evolving membership.… Read More

December 4, 2019 – Cyber Monday Totalled $9.4 Billion in U.S. Online Sales, Smartphones Accounted for a Record $3 Billion

Cyber Monday — the final day of the extended Thanksgiving weekend that traditionally kicks off holiday season spend — broke another e-commerce record: US shoppers racked up a total of $9.4 billion in online sales, according to figures from Adobe. To put that number into some perspective, at its peak, consumers were spending $12 million per… Read More

December 3, 2019 – Target and Walmart Help Propel Vinyl Album Sales to Blockbuster Week

Vinyl album sales in the U.S. surged pass the half-million mark last week, scoring the second-largest week for vinyl in 2019. According to Nielsen Music, 544,000 vinyl albums were sold in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 28 (up a big 60% compared to the previous week’s tally of 340,000). The 544,000 haul is… Read More

December 2, 2019 – 2019 AMAs Drives 108% Sales Gain for Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Post Malone and More

Acts ranging from Post Malone and Shania Twain to Kesha and Thomas Rhett saw big sales gains in wake of the 2019 American Music Awards, according to initial reports to Nielsen Music. Collectively, the songs performed on the Nov. 24 ABC TV broadcast garnered a 108% gain in sales of digital downloads on Nov. 24-26, as compared to the three days prior… Read More

November 26, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — An Update on the Direct Shot Distribution Crisis Ahead of the Holiday Season

The musical consumption landscape continues to change year-to-year and even month-to-month. For years now, the media has claimed that the rise of digital formats will put an end to physical media as we know it. However, earlier this year, it was revealed that vinyl records and cassettes continue to see widespread appreciation from the music-buying public.… Read More

November 26, 2019 – Music Streaming Is Americans’ Most-Wanted Subscription Service, Says MusicWatch Survey

Consumers’ most-wanted subscription isn’t Amazon Prime or Netflix but rather music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, according to a new survey conducted by MusicWatch. In the online survey, which polled over 1,200 people aged 13-39 who aren’t yet subscribers to any service, MusicWatch posed a hypothetical scenario in which it would offer… Read More