Music Industry Analysis

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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% market share and new post-Christmas high). The first vinyl drop last month also resulted in RSD chart entries for Linkin Park’s 2003 release Meteora (No.... 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 database (a work in progress) of approximately 450K artists whose pronouns are listed in their streaming platform biographies — the first of its kind in the world,... Read More

July 20, 2021 – Are We Witnessing the Death of the Streaming Megahit?

For decades, the record industry has turned its attention and investment to one thing above any other: the hit record. Yet new figures out of the US this week suggest that hits – as in blockbuster, industry-dominant megahits – are increasingly becoming a lesser-spotted beast. Despite millions more people playing music on streaming services each year, the industry’s biggest streaming hit at the mid-year point of 2021 is significantly smaller than its biggest streaming hit at the mid-year point of 2020,... Read More

July 19, 2021 – Music Biz Member MRC Data Publishes 2021 U.S. Mid-Year Report

Nearly 16 months after the COVID-19 pandemic led to global shutdowns, consumers are finally starting to return to the activities they love, and music remains at the top of that list. Overall consumption grew 13.5% year-over-year (YOY) during the first six months of 2021, thanks to a 15% lift in on-demand audio streaming. These encouraging growth rates come a year after overall consumption experienced an 8.6% decline during the first eight weeks of COVID-19 lockdowns, from mid-March to mid-May 2020,... Read More

July 13, 2021 – Why Apple, Amazon and Spotify Are Embracing Hi-Def Music: A Guide to ‘Lossless’ Streaming

Emily Lazar knows better than most how great music can sound. At her New York mastering studio, the Lodge, the Grammy-winning engineer puts the finishing touches on songs by the likes of the Foo Fighters, Haim and the Rolling Stones. Her job is to ensure that every harmony, cymbal crash and power chord sounds exactly as the artists intended them to when their albums go out into the world. When she plays those same songs off a typical streaming service,... Read More

July 7, 2021 – The Number of Americans Paying for Audio Subscriptions Has Doubled Since 2015

Edison Research recently published a fascinating tidbit from our Share of Ear® series: The portion of the American population that is paying for an audio subscription of some kind has doubled since 2015, and is now almost half of everyone (47%). There is a lot that is contributing to this growth.  First, it’s important to emphasize this is not a measure of subscriptions, it is a measure of people. If two people share a log-in or an account,... Read More

June 29, 2021 – Big-Name Retailers Update 2021 Holiday Strategies Amid Evolving Shopping Habits

Walmart, Target, and Best Buy are among a growing list of retailers that have announced Thanksgiving Day store closures this year as consumers increasingly adopt ecommerce. This mirrors decisions from last year, when stores closed in part as a safety precaution to limit in-person shopping during the winter COVID-19 surge. The holiday closures will likely push more consumers online for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, setting the tone for future seasons. With stores being closed, consumers who would’ve normally gone shopping after Thanksgiving Day dinner will likely turn to online shopping to avoid missing out on promotions—making ecommerce a greater focal point than before the pandemic: In 2019,... Read More

June 28, 2021 – Proud and Present: LGBTQ Audiences and Content Take Center Stage

As the LGBTQ community has grown its footprint, there is no doubt that digital connectivity is perhaps the single most influential factor in the advancement of the LGBTQ community. It has reduced isolation, created safe spaces for self-expression, offered opportunities to connect a disparate community and has provided easy access to educational resources and curated content. Technology has also given the community a place to be seen authentically. From television and streaming services to podcasts and music services,... Read More

June 9, 2021 – Clubhouse Users In America — Edison Research Study

According to a new study from Edison Research entitled “Clubhouse Users in America,” 15% of social media users 18+ say they have ever used Clubhouse, the invitation-only audio-based social networking platform that debuted last year. Data for this first look at Clubhouse users is from Edison Research’s weekly social media tracking service, The Social Habit, which provides ongoing behavior and usage data for all major social media platforms. Click here to read the full Edison Research report.... Read More

May 26, 2021 – U.S. B2B Technology Sales See Positive First Quarter Momentum, Up 4%

The U.S. B2B technology channel generated nearly $24.1 billion in the first quarter of 2021, a 4% sales growth compared to the same period a year prior, according to The NPD Group’s B2B Distributor Track and Reseller Tracking services. This is also up 4% compared to Q1 2019. During the quarter, software sales, which make up 27% of industry sales, experienced 3% growth, while hardware dollar sales saw a 4% increase. Sales trends that began during the onset of the pandemic are continuing into the first quarter of the 2021,... Read More