Research and Insights

The Music Business Association offers access to the important data and metrics needed to make smart business decisions. Our infographics, recorded webinars, and white papers offer the most pertinent information our members need to effectively respond to the challenges posed by the ever-changing nature of the music business.

Music Biz LIVE Archives

April 12, 2021 – Music Biz LIVE: The Shape of the Business to Come

As we come out of the first year of the pandemic and look towards the future, join us for a roundtable discussion with expert voices from around the music industry covering how our collective response to COVID-19 has changed the way we do business and what we foresee coming next.

March 8, 2021 – Music Biz LIVE: Women’s History Month 2021

Join us as we chat with the female team behind Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” — Tara Beikae, the band’s day-to-day manager; digital marketing executive Sheila Hozhabri; and Cassie Petrey, co-founder of Crowd Surf — about the making of the hit song and detail its journey over the past five years!

Recorded Webinars

April 8, 2021 – Get Music Now! Accelerating Time to Market for Apps

Music is often an afterthought for businesses as they prepare to launch apps and digital products. First you have to get the deals done, then there’s the process of figuring out ingestion, streaming, and paying out rightsholders. We’ll discuss how Adaptr can help businesses get to market faster and with less up front investment.

March 25, 2021 – Women In Music: Challenging the Industry To Do Better

TuneCore has partnered with renowned technology and media analysis firm MIDiA Research to provide a deep dive on the disparity between female-identifying and male-identifying artists within the music industry. The study provides an essential look at the perspectives of female-identifying artists, writers and producers, who candidly shared, "the challenges, experiences and ambitions of women making music in the industry today, with an outlook on what is set to change, and what more can be done to remove barriers and support female music makers.” This panel will look at why women make up 50% of the world’s population but only 11% of the music industry’s artist population. TuneCore will utilize MIDiA’s research study findings as a catalyst for transparent conversation to take action steps to shift the dynamic. Distribution and access to DSPs is just one piece of the puzzle. For this panel, we hope to spark a deeper, data-driven conversation about gender inclusivity across the greater music industry. Join us while we break down the study’s findings and dig deep into perspectives from respected industry leaders.


October 25, 2019 – Audiomonitor 2019: Expanded — Presentation Slides

AudienceNet’s Audiomonitor 2019 provides insight into the latest music consumption trends, including time spent listening, devices and formats used, discovery and content preferences. This year, AudienceNet will be expanding the scope of Audiomonitor to explore additional areas of interest for the industry. World music will be covered in more detail, as we investigate interest in and engagement with music from different countries, cultures and in non-English languages. AudienceNet will also be adding new topic areas, such as the (positive) impact of music on consumers’ mental health, and the relationship between music and gaming. This presentation, showcased by AudienceNet’s Head of Research Sania Haq in a Music Biz webinar, provides an overview of key insights from Audiomonitor 2019 (US).

December 21, 2018 – Consumption By Genre: How Different Fans Consume Music

As tastes among music fans continue to diversify, it is becoming increasingly difficult to group consumers by their favorite genres. How can marketers analyze such diverse audiences to create actionable insights to inform tailored marketing messages? In a companion to their September 2018 report, "Audiomonitor 2018: The Overall Music Listening Landscape," AudienceNet identifies different music fans, measuring their music listening, spending and discovery behaviors, in an attempt to create a more detailed picture of how different fans consume their favorite music.


December 21, 2018 – Music Has No Borders: The Growing Impact of International Music

Between 2016 and 2017, the number of Spanish-language entries on the Billboard Hot 100 rose from 4 to 19, and at least 16 more charting singles in 2018 alone. Combined with the boom of chart-topping tracks from both K-Pop and BTS, it is clear that international music is proving to have a sustained impact on the US music charts. In this supporting infographic, AudienceNet outlines the growing appetite for international music among the US population, as well as behavior and perceptions, and asked consumers how they feel it will change their listening in the future.

November 16, 2017 – Voice-Activated Speaker Owners

The “Voice-Controlled Speaker Users” infographic shows that music is a major part of the way Amazon Echo and Google Home owners interact with their devices. More than half of each product’s owners used them to play music daily, including 52% of Amazon Echo users and 54% of Google Home users. Furthermore, 26% of the Echo’s daily listeners requested music multiple times per day along with 20% of the Home’s daily listeners. These numbers show that voice-controlled speakers are gaining on the smartphone, the most regularly used device for listening to music with 60% daily use and 44% of those listening more than once a day. The Home and Echo placed second and third, respectively. Finally, both the Echo and Home are making strides in overall ownership, with 10% of the U.S. population owning an Echo and 3% owning a Home.

White Papers & How-To Guides

July 26, 2016 – DDEX Release Notification Standard Starter Guide for Implementation

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and its Metadata & Digital Operations Workgroup, in association with DDEX (Digital Data Exchange, LLC), are offering labels and label aggregators a step-by-step guide on how to use the DDEX standard to upload and manage their catalogs on digital retailers.

September 30, 2015 – Classical Metadata Style Guide

Released simultaneously with the Metadata Style Guide V2.1, our Classical Metadata Style Guide is the first to specifically address Classical music, which requires specialized formatting that differs substantially from that of modern popular music. (9.30.15)