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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March 27, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Drake comes back to knock Sheeran from #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 in Billboard) and Border City Media (published in HITS Daily Double). “Records continue to be broken, as Drake’s More Life tops both the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts, setting a new streaming record and the biggest week for an album since his prior album in May of last year, with over half a million in equivalent album units. ... Read More

March 23, 2017 – WIN Releases Global Overview Of Chart Reporting

Global independent music trade group Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has released a comprehensive new study, which provides the first ever global overview of chart reporting. Read more here.... Read More

March 21, 2017 – Sales on Chuck Berry titles explode after his passing

Album sales and song sales on titles from Chuck Berry exploded after news of his death this past Saturday, March 18, 2017. The iconic musician and rock & roll pioneer was 90. Overall, Chuck Berry album sales increased 9,581% after his passing. Read more here.... Read More

March 20, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’ Is 2017’s First Album to Spend Two Weeks at #1

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): Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) is the first album of 2017 to spend its first two weeks at #1 on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts. It’s a feat last accomplished by the Suicide Squad soundtrack in August 2016 and Drake’s Views in May 2016.... Read More

March 16, 2017 – What do consumers really want in a premium music service?

What do consumers really want in a premium music streaming service? It’s the record industry’s most important question of the decade. The health of labels, publishers, and creators depends on services’ ability to move listeners up the food chain from free listening to paid subscriptions. Read more here.... Read More

March 13, 2017 – The Fame House Stack: Marketing & E-Commerce Technology for the New Music Industry

Today, we’ve released our latest white paper: The Fame House Stack. In it, we share some of the lesser known pieces of our music marketing and e-commerce stack in an effort to share our technology tools beyond our walls, and to open a dialogue with other marketers and artists about the tools they are using within the new music business. See more here.... Read More

March 13, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With 2017’s Biggest Debut

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): “Ed Sheeran kicked 2017 into overdrive this week with his new album, ÷ (Divide), which topped both the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts with the largest ​tallies recorded so far this year. Divide moved about 450,000 album equivalent units according to both Nielsen and BuzzAngle,... Read More

March 13, 2017 – Four Key Things to Know About Digital Video Now

US digital video ad spending is expected to grow 12% in 2017 and 9% in 2018, according to a study from J.P. Morgan. Video is the only subcategory of display ad spending that is growing, as rich media, banner ads and sponsorship all shrink. Read more here.... Read More

March 9, 2017 – New York’s Music Business Drives $21 Billion Annually, Study Shows

New York is one of the music business’ capitals and its business generates plenty of capital. That’s the upshot of an economic impact study just announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. The report, by Boston Consulting Group, says that the city’s music business supports almost 60,000 jobs and $5 billion in wages — and that it drove $21 billion of overall economic value in 2015, the year for which the data was surveyed.... Read More

March 9, 2017 – Investment in Marketing Technology Increasing

Marketing technology has become a fact of life, as new data from digital agency Squiz attests. Roughly two-thirds of senior marketers surveyed in Australia, the UK and the US have invested heavily in marketing technology over the past year, the study shows. Read more here.... Read More