Association History

2010s

2014

Music Biz’s Common Ground Virtual Town Hall showcases the indie retail community, highlighting increased vinyl sales and Record Store Day.

2014

RIAA releases mid-year sales report for the first time since 2006. Numbers show streaming gains are offsetting download losses.

2014

Music Biz’s new Legal & Business Affairs Sector organizes its first Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, drawing the largest crowd in the series’ four-year history.

2014

Music Biz’s Music Startup Academy travels to South Florida.

2014

James Donio moderates a panel on Record Store Day at the Americana Music Festival, while Robby Towns presents “#SEKNOW: Help Fans Find Your Band!”

2014

Bill Wilson joins Clear Channel and Samsung at CTIA Mobile Talks for the “What’s Next for Mobile Music” panel.

2014

Music Biz introduces v2.0 of its Music Metadata Style Guide, providing a set of common naming conventions and data entry standards. (Release)

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2014

Music Biz releases the “Music Royalties USA: Quick Start Guide” infographic, giving songwriters and performers a simple way to understand the complex framework of getting paid. (Infographic)  

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2014

YouTube’s Fred Beteille is named Chairman of the Music Biz Board of Directors. (Release)  

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2014

Google acquires Songza.

2014

Jack White’s Lazaretto brings vinyl back to the top of the charts with the format’s biggest selling week in 20 years.

2014

Apple Acquires Beats.

2014

Music Biz announces that Music Biz 2015 will take place in Nashville.

2014

Music Biz’s highest business honors are awarded to Sylvia Rhone (Epic Records) and Jonathan Poneman (Sub Pop Records) at Music Biz 2014. (View Flickr Images)

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2014

Music Biz’s “Global Music Licensing: Quick Start Guide” infographic is released, providing an overview of how licensing agencies in 12 different countries handle music rights. (Release)

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2014

Music Biz’s “SEO For Music Websites (Part II)” infographic is released, giving artists more tips to ensure their websites are highly visible on search engines. (Release)  

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2014

Music Biz recognizes artist achievement by bestowing awards to Ariana Grande, Dee Snider, Paul Rodgers, and the Frozen soundtrack during Music Biz 2014. (View Flickr Images)

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2014

Music Biz 2014 begins at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

2014

Record Store Day 2014 breaks records with sales up 646% at independent stores and vinyl sales up 1,855% compared to the previous Saturday.

2014

Robby Towns organizes the “Digital Songwriter $$$” session for Tin Pan South week, discussing songwriter payments, consumer trends, and monetization.

2014

The “Artist Website Toolkit” infographic is released, listing third-party services that artists can use to create dynamic web sites. (Release)

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2014

The first Entertainment & Technology Law Conference of 2014 takes place in New York City.

2014

Bill Wilson moderates the “Beyond the Play Button: Images & Album Credits” panel at SXSW 2014.

2014

Bill Wilson moderates the “Next Big Thing in Licensing” panel at Midem.

2014

Music Biz unveils its list of “The Most Romantic Albums of All Time” along with 50 “Love Hurts” songs to promote music gifting during the Valentine’s Day holiday. (Release)

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2013

Beyoncé releases surprise self-titled album.

2013

Grammy History is made as Daft Punk becomes the first act ingrained in underground dance culture to score Album of the Year with Random Access Memories.

2014

Music Biz’s Music Startup Academy returns to New York City for the third time to a sold-out crowd.

2014

Redeye Distribution and INgrooves join the Music Biz Board of Directors. (Release)

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2014

Music Biz launches the Music Startup Network social site to connect content owners to music startups and apps. (Release)

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2014

Bill Wilson moderates the “Paid in Full: Royalties in the Digital World” panel at the CMJ Music Marathon.

2014

James Donio moderates the “Jay Z, JT, Harlem Shake, and Record Store Day: How to Rise Above the Noise in Today’s Music Marketplace” panel at the CBGB Music & Film Festival.

2013

NARM becomes Music Business Association. (Release) (PDF)

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2013

Jim Donio 25th anniversary at NARM.

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2013

RIAA integrates on-demand audio and/or video song streams into Gold & Platinum Digital Single Award certification.  

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2013

According to Pew Research, 70% of U.S. homes have broadband Internet connections.

2013

Wall Street Journal Cover Story On Metadata. (Article)

2013

NARM and digitalmusic.org host first-ever Metadata Summit. (Release)

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2013

NARM Convention renamed Music Biz.

2012

According to Nielsen SoundScan, digital sales were greater than CD sales for the first time, and Adele was first artist to ever have the same album, 21, top the sales charts two years in a row.

2012

Universal Music Group acquires EMI.

2012

Billboard, Nielsen and NARM’s digitalmusic.org launched subscription services “On-Demand Songs” chart, with subscription service data included in the Billboard Hot 100. (Release)

2011

First Music Start Up Academy in New York. (Release)

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2011

digitalmusic.org launched. (Release)

2011

Google Music introduced.

2011

Napster merges with Rhapsody.

2013

Super D acquires Alliance Entertainment.

2013

Microsoft acquires Nokia.

2014

Bill Wilson, Robby Towns, and reps from Amazon and Spotify meet with copyright office staffers in Washington, DC, to discuss copyright act reform and copyright registration.

2014

Frozen soundtrack tops Billboard charts for 13 non-consecutive weeks, selling over 3 million copies.

2011

Spotify launches in U.S.

2010

NARM Law Seminar Series begins.

2010

RIAA shipment numbers: 253 million CDs, 1 million CD singles, 4.2 million LP/EPs, .3 million vinyl singles, 9.1 music video, 1177.4 download single, 85.8 download album, 1.7 kisok, 18.4 download music video, 188.5 mobile.

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2010

NARM relaunches Give the Gift of Music with the RIAA. (Release)

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2010

TicketMaster merges with Live Nation.

2010

Last model year for US cars to have a cassette player.

2010

Apple releases the iPad.