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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August 18, 2017 – Glen Campbell’s Music Sales Increase 5,429% in Wake of Death

U.S. sales of Glen Campbell’s music grew 5,429 percent in the two days following his death on Aug. 8, while streams of his songs increased by 1,430 percent, according to initial data reports to Nielsen Music. On Aug. 8 and 9, Campbell’s albums sold 11,000 copies (up 2,300 percent from less than 1,000 on Aug. 6 and 7). Click here to read more.... Read More

August 17, 2017 – How music will help the smart speaker soar—and vice versa

In fewer than three years, the smart speaker has gone from head-scratcher to head-turner. Along the way, this device has brought artificial intelligence and voice commands into millions of American homes. Usually called voice-activated (VA) smart speakers, they’re often found in the living room or kitchen, taking commands and providing answers like a talking search engine with a surprising sense of humor. Most importantly to the music industry, these compact appliances excel at playing music. A new report by Edison Research shows 58 percent of VA smart speaker owners had listened to music for an average of 4 hours 34 minutes in the previous week,... Read More

August 17, 2017 – Who Still Steals Music These Days?

Despite music being everywhere online these days and available to anybody who wants to listen to their favorite tunes while still supporting the artists in one way or another, millions of people are still stealing music. It’s a sad fact, but who is actually committing these crimes and robbing musicians of the sales and royalties they deserve in today’s musical economy, which is already so customer-focused? Click here to read more.... Read More

August 15, 2017 – Another Classic Feeling for Summer Radio

So far, the summer of 2017 is turning out to be a lot like last year when it comes to American radio listening habits. Each year in the summer, audiences shift and certain formats surge during the dog days of the year. And with the release of Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) results for the July survey, a very similar story—as we’ve seen in past summers—is playing out again. Click here to read more.... Read More

August 10, 2017 – Glen Campbell’s Digital Music Sales Rise Over 13,000% After His Death

According to BuzzAngle Music, Glen Campbell’s online music sales exploded on the day he died. The company is reporting that his digital album sales rose by an astounding 13,665% on August 8 alone. Incredibly, almost three-quarters of all digital album sales were of compilations featuring the biggest smashes Campbell released in his life. 46% of all digital album sales were of his record 20 Greatest Hits, while another 24% were of the even more simply-titled Greatest Hits collection.... Read More

August 8, 2017 – The Most Popular Artist In Every State

If you were to pick who the most popular artist was for your State, you’d probably be wrong if you’re over 25 or so. Business Insider wanted to find out about the most popular artist in each State so they looked at the Pandora Radio for a list of the artists whose Pandora “artist stations” were most frequently added in each of the 50 States this year.  ... Read More

August 7, 2017 – Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Arcade Fire claims its third straight No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Everything Now arrives atop the tally. The album, which was released July 28 through Columbia Records, earned 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 94,000 were in traditional album sales. Click here to read more.... Read More

August 3, 2017 – Lana Del Rey Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Tyler, The Creator and Meek Mill Bow at Nos. 2 & 3

Lana Del Rey scores her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Lust for Life bows atop the Aug. 12-dated tally. The set, which was released on July 21 through Polydor/Interscope Records, earned 107,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 80,000 were in traditional album sales. Click here to read more.... Read More

July 31, 2017 – The Three Eras of Paid Streaming

Streaming has driven such a revenue renaissance within the major record labels that the financial markets are now falling over themselves to work out where they can invest in the market, and indeed whether they should. For large financial institutions, there are not many companies that are big enough to be worth investing in. Click here to read more.... Read More

July 31, 2017 – How to Use Social Media Influencers to Drive Attendance

Social influencer marketing has been generating a lot of buzz this year. Chances are it’s on your list of event marketing tactics to try and if so, you’re not alone. Nearly 85% of marketers have plans to use some type of influencer marketing in 2017. Click here to read more.... Read More