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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June 21, 2017 – How Musicians Can Take Advantage of Key Digital Trends Towards 2020

It is probably no surprise that businesses are being transformed by digital platforms such as Facebook. The platform has recently released a report that looks at the different ways in which businesses are being reshaped. Out of the many insights from the report, there are three findings that can be of great use, especially if you are an independent musician. Click here to read more.... Read More

June 21, 2017 – Reading the Tea Leaves of Summer Radio Listening

Each year during the summer, radio habits change and certain formats see a seasonal increase in audience that’s unique to the warm weather months. And each year, Nielsen tracks these developments by naming the format that grows its audience the most the format of the summer. Here are the winners from the past five years by percent of increase in overall audience share (persons 6+). Check it out here.... Read More

June 19, 2017 – Music Biz 2012 Artist of the Year Katy Perry Debuts at #1 with ‘Witness’

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published in HITS Daily Double): “We witnessed her star-power early on and presented her with our 2012 Artist of the Year Award. Since then Katy Perry has continued to roar with an appearance at the Super Bowl and now another chart topper this week with her third album “Witness.” The album tops both the  Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts,... Read More

June 16, 2017 – Streaming Revenue Could Surpass Live Income For Many Artists, says Mark Mulligan

“Do not assume that we have arrived at your destination,” writes music industry analyst Mark Mulligan, referring to live music rather than recordings as the primary income driver for most musicians and the industry. “Add together all the pieces and you start to create an environment in which artists can see a more immediate direct return from streaming.” Read more here.... Read More

June 13, 2017 – Virtual Reality; Real Appeal

Although adoption is still relatively low for VR and AR devices, awareness of them has nearly doubled year-over-year, rising from only 28% of the general U.S. population in 2016 to 51%. Given this technology is still foreign to half of the population, adoption to date is more limited by awareness than accessibility. Click here to read more.... Read More

June 12, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Music Biz 2016 Breakthrough Artist Halsey Earns First #1 Album with ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published in HITS Daily Double): “In May 2016, we presented Halsey with our Music Biz 2016 Breakthrough Artist Award. Since then, she has become a household name thanks to “Closer,” her massively successful duet with The Chainsmokers, which spent 12 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.... Read More

June 9, 2017 – Live Concerts + Streaming = 73% of the US Music Industry

Streaming is exploding.  But a majority of the revenue in the music industry is coming from live events.  According to US-based calculations shared by PwC with Digital Music News, ticket sales alone account for 43% of all revenues, with festivals driving the growth.  Big brand sponsorships at events count for another 12%. In total, the US-based music industry is now worth $17.2 billion, up nearly 11% since 2012.... Read More

June 6, 2017 – Music Biz Member BuzzAngle Music Announces First-Ever Shazam Data Integration

NEW YORK, New York — June 6, 2017 — BuzzAngle Music, the leading innovator in music consumption analytics, today announced integration of global data from Shazam, one of the world’s most popular apps. It marks the first time Shazam data is available in a comprehensive analytics platform like BuzzAngle Music. The data provided from Shazam includes the number of Shazams for every song within a given market and country, as well as further breakdowns for age,... Read More

June 5, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Bryson Tiller Stays ‘True to Self’ and Scores First #1 Album

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published in HITS Daily Double): “Bryson Tiller continued his rise in the Hip-Hop scene this week, scoring his first #1 album on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts with True to Self. The record moved over 107,000 album equivalent units despite being released about a month earlier than expected,... Read More

May 30, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Linkin Park Puts Rock Back On Top

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published in HITS Daily Double). “Rock made its way back to the top of the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week, with veteran Hard Rock outfit Linkin Park reaching #1 for the sixth time with One More Light. The album moved over 111,000 album equivalent units,... Read More