Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2019

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November 15, 2019 – NPD Group Profiles the 2019 U.S. Holiday Shopper by Generation

Many Gen Z and Millennial consumers are planning to start their shopping on Black Friday, and Gen X and Baby Boomers are planning on spending the most of all generations on holiday shopping. Each generation’s holiday shopping plan looks different, according to insights from the 2019 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey from The NPD Group. Understanding the similarities and… Read More

November 14, 2019 – Music Biz Member Synchtank Teams Up With London Grid For Learning

This month, Music Biz member Synchtank announced a partnership with the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) and a prominent production library to provide high-quality music to students and teachers in London schools. The company’s software can easily identify licensed tracks for schools to use in assemblies, plays and performances, student presentations, and in-class lessons. This… Read More

November 13, 2019 – Three Supply-Side Indicators That Signal the New Music Industry Has Arrived

The CD, Napster and iTunes brought about massive changes in the music industry, but the structure of the industry stayed the same (with the exception of manufacturing and physical distribution). Then came streaming. Truly disruptive? Up until now, one could argue that even streaming hasn’t been disruptive to industry structure in the same way Amazon/Uber/AirBnB… Read More

November 12, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Exploring The Modern Country Music Consumer: Q&A with Country Music Association CMO Damon Whiteside

Even as the modern age of music streaming is unfolding, Country artists still largely rely on album sales and terrestrial radio to reach fans both new and old. This past year, there has been movement on this front with some of today’s hottest young Country artists gaining traction on streaming platforms. Ahead of this year’s… Read More

November 11, 2019 – Best-Selling Albums Are Spending Less Time On Top

It sold more than 45 million copies, provided bedroom poster art to countless youngsters and propelled Pink Floyd, then a relatively obscure English rock band, to international stardom. The Dark Side of the Moon has earned countless accolades since its release in 1973. Among its most extraordinary achievements is the time it spent on Billboard’s 200… Read More

November 11, 2019 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: AdRev

Please welcome Music Biz’s newest member, B2B and B2C administrative and strategy service AdRev! Operating primarily on YouTube’s ecosystem, AdRev helps clients and creators maximize their potential revenue on YouTube, in addition to protecting them from unauthorized re-uploads of their content. With AdRev’s recent acquisition by AVL Digital, the company has expanded their offerings for… Read More

November 11, 2019 – Music Biz Member Qobuz Announces New Hi-Res Audio Plan

Hi-res audio streaming and download platform Qobuz has announced its plans to streamline the company’s subscription offerings by eliminating its MP3 streaming tier, in an effort to establish hi-res and CD lossless music as the new industry standard. Starting this month, subscribers can access one $14.99/month plan that grants them unlimited access to Qobuz’s entire… Read More

November 8, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #168: Indie Label Spotlight – Frenchkiss Records

Twenty years ago, Syd Butler started Frenchkiss Records, after his band Les Savy Fav couldn’t find a home at the prominent labels of the time. Fast forward up until today, Syd’s now part of Seth Meyer’s 8G Band, the label is still going strong, and Les Savy Fav is still playing shows. On this episode,… Listen

November 8, 2019 – Gen Xers, Millennials and Even Some Gen Zs Choose Vinyl and Drive Record Sales Up

Sales data shows that cassettes first surpassed vinyl LP sales in the U.S. in 1983. Then CDs surpassed cassette sales in 1991. At that point, vinyl LPs disappeared from most music stores, remaining only a DJ specialty. They accounted for only 0.8 percent of total music sales. Tim Ford, vice president of purchasing at Sunrise… Read More

November 8, 2019 – US Holiday Sales to Cross $1 Trillion for First Time

Despite healthy consumer spending overall in 2019, the upcoming holiday season will be affected by economic uncertainty and a shorter timeframe. (This year has six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas than in 2018.) In a new report, eMarketer forecasts that total U.S. holiday retail sales will climb 3.8% to $1.008 trillion this year: the… Read More