Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2021

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August 4, 2021 – Headphones Were The Most Purchased Tech Product During Lockdown

Although true wireless stereo (TWS) and wired in-ear headphones both had the highest ownership, consumers favor TWS over other form factors for regular use. Looking to the territories, markets such as the USA and China witnessed high levels of ownership of TWS headsets. When purchasing headphones, audio quality was the primary consideration for consumers, taking… Read More

August 3, 2021 – This Virtual Artist Just Inked A Major Record Deal In China. One-Off Gimmick — Or A Sign Of The Future?

Ha Jiang is what’s known locally as a “virtual idol” – a huge deal in Asia, particularly in China and Japan, where they’ve amassed significant fan bases. “Virtual idols” talk about their lives, their relationships, what they get up to, the things that interest them. And some have started to build careers as influencers and… Read More

August 3, 2021 – Music Biz Member TuneCore Launches Free Cover Art Tool For Indie Artists

Independent music distributor TuneCore has announced the launch of TuneCore Cover Art, a free service allowing indie artists to create professional looking artwork for their albums or singles. Users have access to dozens of images, filters, fonts and layouts, giving them free rein to achieve a unique graphical representation of their music that stays true… Read More

August 2, 2021 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Utopia Music AG

We’re thrilled to welcome financial tech company, Utopia Music to the growing Music Biz member community! Utopia’s platform bridges the industry’s knowledge, data and trust gap by connecting music consumption data with rights ownership, payment data and economics. This in turn outlines the full value of music and enables faster, more accurate payments for artists,… Read More

July 29, 2021 – Record Store Day Set to Deliver Another Summer Boost For Vinyl Sales

Record Store Day returned to independent record shops Saturday, July 17 as hundreds of releases from the second – and final – 2021 vinyl drop were put on sale. Vinyl has been enjoying a sales boom in 2021, while the first drop on June 12 resulted in physical sales increasing 12.93% week-on-week to 384,982 (a 20.66%… Read More

July 28, 2021 – Music Biz Member Chartmetric Launches 6MO Report, Providing Metrics for H1 2021

Music analytics company, Chartmetric has launched an interactive web-based version of its biannual 6MO report, examining fan consumption & breakthrough music metrics for January 1 through June 30, 2021. This edition is framed by the examination of gender equality in the music industry through the lens of artist pronoun usage.‍From the report:“Using our newly developed… Read More

July 26, 2021 – Music Biz Member Symphonic Distribution Helps Launch Dallas Austin Distribution In Atlanta

Symphonic Distribution is partnering with GRAMMY award-winning producer Dallas Austin (aka “dad”) to form Dallas Austin Distribution (DAD). The initial focus of the company will be to create opportunities for up-and-coming Hip-Hop artists in Atlanta. “Symphonic’s goal in Atlanta is to support DAD,” said Octavius Crouch, Symphonic’s Senior Client Manager & Hip-Hop/R&B A&R, who is… Read More

July 26, 2021 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Byta

Welcome audio sharing platform, Byta to the Music Biz member community! Byta is uniquely built specifically for audio files, enabling anyone to send and receive digital audio any way they want. Designed for music industry professionals, Byta’s users include everyone from small bedroom artists and studio professionals, to some of the global music business’ largest… Read More

July 23, 2021 – Music Biz Member Revelator Adds Microfinancing To Its Payment-Accelerating Wallet

Innovative creator rights management company, Revelator has expanded its web3-based Wallet to provide instant financial support to artists and rightsholders with the help of a new $1.3 million grant. Revelator was able to reduce royalty settlement time from months to days in a 2020 pilot with a major global publisher. Processing more than 9 billion… Read More

July 22, 2021 – Music Biz Member Super Hi-Fi Announces Partnership Program with 7 Digital to Deliver Next Generation Listening Experiences

AI-based music technology company, Super Hi-Fi has announced it is expanding its partnership program to include 7digital, a global leader in B2B music services. The company will use Super Hi-Fi’s platform to bring advanced playback and AI-powered recommendations to their playlisting and curation tools as they power music delivery and reporting for some of the… Read More