Music Industry Analysis

On a daily basis, Music Biz collects studies and data on business and consumer trends effecting the music industry. We compile this music industry analysis from a plethora of media outlets and data providers and filter out the noise to deliver directly to you the actionable insights your business needs to succeed.

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October 16, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Big week for Rap on album & singles charts: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published by Billboard — albumssingles) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double). “It was a big week for Rap music, with NF moving over 53,000 album equivalent units of Perception to top the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts. It was enough to hold off Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits,... Read More

October 16, 2017 – Nielsen: Radio Reaches 98 Percent of Hispanics Each Week

The number of Hispanic radio listeners grew from 39.5 to 42.4 million from 2013 to 2017, according to a new Nielsen report; audio streaming among Hispanics grew 29 percent in 2016. Radio is the best way to reach the U.S. Hispanic audience, with 98 percent of U.S. Hispanics listening to radio each week, according to a new report by Nielsen. And that audience is growing. Radio’s reach among Hispanics significantly exceeds the overall national average of 93 percent,... Read More

October 13, 2017 – Music Biz Consumer Insights: Music Spending By Genre

The Music Biz Consumer Insights Portal has be updated with the latest genre data from the recently released “Music Consumption: The Overall Landscape 2017.” Login to the portal to find the following genre stats and much more!Dance fans and Hip-Hop fans bought the most music related products – whilst 58% of the total sample had purchased a music related product over the past 6 months, 65% of Dance fans and 66% of Hip-Hop fans did the same.... Read More

October 12, 2017 – Love of Listening: The Passion and Habits of Hispanic Music Consumers

Music is a big part of daily life and special occasions for most Hispanic consumers. According to our annual Music 360 report, 93% of the Hispanic population (age 13+) in the U.S. listened to music in the past year, and 59% consider music important, compared with 51% of the general population. Click here to read more.... Read More

October 5, 2017 – CMA Releases New Research Findings Regarding Country Fans and Streaming

The Country Music Association released new research findings after evaluating how streaming is changing consumers’ relationship to music, including country and other genres. Country music listeners were part of research that included tracking their music streaming behaviors on mobile devices, PCs and laptops, as well as extensive quantitative research describing their attitudes and perceptions about streaming experiences and providers. Click here to read more.... Read More

October 2, 2017 – Streaming Has Pushed Latin Music Into The Mainstream

“MI GENTE” lures listeners with a mesmerising hook, a thumping beat and lyrics about breaking down barriers. A collaboration between J Balvin, a Colombian reggaeton star (pictured), and Willy William, a French producer, the latest product of this summer’s Latin craze is crooned almost entirely in Spanish. (The title means “My People”; reggaeton borrows from hip hop, reggae and rap.) The song topped the charts on Spotify, a streaming service, for weeks. “To be a crossover artist,... Read More

September 29, 2017 – Playlisting: The 21st Century Mixtape

The premise of compiling a special collection of songs on a tape or CD and sharing with a friend or love interest hasn’t gone away in the digital age. Today, it’s playlisting—an increasingly important part of the music experience. Nearly three-quarters of those who stream music in the U.S. create online playlists—some are for themselves, and some they share with others. More than half of all music listeners create playlists by selecting tracks across genres and artists,... Read More

September 28, 2017 – 3 Myths About Streaming… And 3 Truths About The Music Industry Today

You hear a heck of a lot talked about streaming and its impact on the music industry these days. So how much of it is worth listening to – and how much is complete hogwash? That, essentially, was the question tackled by Warner Music Group’s Chief Digital Officer and EVP of Business Development, Ole Obermann, last week at Reeperbahn Festival. Click here to read more.... Read More

September 25, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Foo Fighters Notch #1 Album Spot; Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ Bows Big

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard: albums, singles) and Border City Media (published in HITS Daily Double: albums). “Veteran Rock band Foo Fighters jumped to the top of the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week, moving over 127,000 album equivalent units of Concrete and Gold to reach the #1 spot.... Read More

September 25, 2017 – Money Is Streaming Into The Music Industry: A Breakdown Of Where It’s Coming From

It’s no secret that streaming is driving a comeback for a recorded music industry that saw sales fall from $40 billion in 1999 to just $14.5 billion in 2014.  Revenues from paid subscriptions, ad supported streaming and digital radio are still a fraction of the industry’s peak, but they are certainly moving in the right direction. Click here to read more.... Read More