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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December 15, 2017 – Nearly 40 Percent of Shoppers Will Give the Gift of An Experience This Holiday, Reports NPD

Rather than filling stockings or wrapping packages, many holiday shoppers plan to purchase less tangible gifts this year, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. According to NPD’s 2017 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey, purchase intent is down across many general merchandise categories, but consumers place a high value on experiences – in their homes, when shopping, and as gifts. Thirty-nine percent of U.S. consumers plan to purchase experiential gifts this holiday season,... Read More

December 13, 2017 – Music Biz Congratulates Past Award Winners Featured in Billboard’s ‘100 Best Songs of 2017 Critics’ Picks’

The Music Business Association would like to congratulate all those making Billboard’s “100 Best Songs” list. We would especially like to call out our past award winners on their accomplishments this year and wish them the best of luck in 2018!Maren Morris, our 2017 Breakthrough Artist, appears at No. 71 with “I Could Use a Love Song.” Little Big Town, Music Biz 2016 Artist, lands on the list with “Better Man” at the 57th spot.... Read More

December 13, 2017 – Tops of 2017: Audio

Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) market data show some distinct differences when assessing the top 10 radio formats of the year, particularly when we look at preferences across different generations. Click here to read more.  ... Read More

December 12, 2017 – Taking Stock of Sports Radio Listening, Millennial Music Tastes and More

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and seasonal variations in how Americans listen to the radio are influencing stations everywhere as December marches on. For some, this time of year is all about holiday music and its far-reaching effects across the radio dial. Over the next few weeks, the full impact of stations that flipped to an all-Christmas format will become apparent in Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) markets. Click here to read more.... Read More

December 7, 2017 – 5 Trends for Retailers to Watch Out for this Holiday Season

The 2017 holiday season is shaping up to be a promising one. Consumer discretionary spending has been bolstered throughout the year by low unemployment, a growing stock market and a more optimistic consumer. Although aggregate spending trends are pointed in the right direction, that’s not to say that every retailer is sharing in the gains proportionately. In fact, we’ve seen thousands of retail store closings, consumers shifting their spending toward different sectors of the retail economy and the rise of Amazon putting pressure on many retailers’ bottom lines.... Read More

December 6, 2017 – Fan Favorite: Radio Listeners Spend 58% of Their Tune-in Time With Their Favorite Station

Research from Nielsen shows less than a decade ago, most consumers could not have imagined the plethora of ways they’d have to engage with content. But the rise of technology and smart devices has opened the media option floodgates and consumption and old habits have changed accordingly. Engagement with AM/FM radio has not been immune to these changes. Now, with the click of a button, consumers can access their favorite radio station in sunny San Diego,... Read More

December 5, 2017 – Few Viewers Are Giving the TV Set Their Undivided Attention

US consumers are spending more time with their digital devices than ever before, and that holds true while they’re already watching something else. eMarketer estimates 177.7 million adults will regularly use a second-screen device while watching TV this year, an increase of 5.1% vs. 2016. Click here to read more.... Read More

December 4, 2017 – Taylor Swift holds #1 as holiday music surges: 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 — albumssingles). “Taylor Swift spent her third straight week atop the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts, moving over 147,000 album equivalent units of Reputation to stay at #1. The album joins Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.,... Read More

December 1, 2017 – 5 Interesting Facts About Millennials’ Mobile App Usage from “The 2017 U.S. Mobile App Report”

Comscore has just released their 2017 U.S. Mobile App Report, and of the many new and interesting findings contained in the report, what jumped out to me was how much Millennials drive the market. They’re the most engaged, adept and opinionated app users of any demographic, which you might expect from a generation of digital natives for whom smartphone usage is second nature. Click here to read more.  ... Read More

November 27, 2017 – Taylor Swift Scores Second Week at #1: 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 — albumssingles). “Taylor Swift followed her historic opening week for Reputation with another strong frame over the Thanksgiving holiday. The record moved around 256,000 album equivalent units to continue Swift’s reign atop the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts,... Read More