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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May 31, 2019 – The Record Industry Expects a Windfall. Where Will the Money Go?

In recent years, several financial institutions have predicted record labels will soon be celebrating annual revenues that begin to approach, if not surpass, their late-1990s peaks: What was an inflation-adjusted $25 billion-per-year business before the millennium could bring in more than $41 billion annually by 2030, according to Goldman Sachs. Label revenue from sales and licensing of recorded music totaled $19.1 billion globally in 2018, marking a fourth straight year of increases. Much of the rise is thanks to people paying for subscriptions to streaming music services.... Read More

May 29, 2019 – Metadata is the Biggest Little Problem Plaguing the Music Industry

It’s possible to correct metadata errors afterward, but that’s reliant on someone catching that error and then correcting it in every database where it appears. Even if it does get fixed, that doesn’t mean an artist gets all the payments they’re due — every company and collection society has different rules about how long they hold on to unclaimed royalties. “We take it for granted that we can look up movie or TV credits on IMDb and see everything,... Read More

May 28, 2019 – The Concert Industry’s New Star Moneymaker: The Aisle Seat

The concert business has found a new cash cow right under its nose: the humble aisle seat. Taking cues from the travel industry, Live Nation has recently begun to offer aisle seats at select shows at a surcharge of between $5 and $30 a pop. Now labeled as “premium aisle seats,” the seat at the end of each row and as many as three additional seats further into the row are being promoted on Ticketmaster as an option for fans who are looking to “enjoy the convenience of easy access to refreshments,... Read More

May 23, 2019 – Why the Music Industry is Betting on Biopics and Documentaries For its Next Revenue Burst

During the next year, some 11 biopics, biodocs — as in documentaries — and high-concept films about music artists and fabled eras of industry history are set to debut at theaters and on TV and streaming services, with at least another 14 screening that are at film festivals, looking for distributors or are in production or development. With a few exceptions, they all have licensed synch rights from music publishers, record labels or both. Although these projects will screen in the wake of Bohemian Rhapsody’s success — the film has grossed almost $1.1 billion globally,... Read More

May 20, 2019 – How Record Labels Are Selling Old Music for (Lots of) New Money

Ask someone in the music industry how to sell a new single, and you’ll get rambling answers that go on for days — but ask them how to sell a single that was released 25 years ago, from an artist who’s only ever put out one five-track LP and since faded deep into obscurity, and you’ll get far fewer ideas. Thanks to the discovery-led nature of music streaming, however, older music is, for the first time,... Read More

May 17, 2019 – How Music Discovery Works Today, and What Artists Can Do To Stand Out

There are a million ways to be heard, and for a new artist, that sounds promising. The combination of streaming and social media turned the music industry upside down, and one thing is for certain: there’s no right way to do things. A thousand other acts could try to replicate Lil Nas X’s come-up or follow Dominic Fike’s path, and it almost certainly wouldn’t work. At the end of the day, every artist has to figure out their own path,... Read More

May 4, 2019 – Why Streaming Is Reviving the Music Industry

After nearly two decades of disruption, the music industry is undergoing a massive revival. Artists, labels and publishers are cashing in on the growing popularity of streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music — and consumers are signing up for subscriptions like never before.  Vulture forecasts music revenue to more than double to about $131 billion by 2030. Millennials and Generation Z are spending more of their annual budgets on music than other age groups. The proportion of people who stream music on their smartphones is growing in both developed and emerging markets.... Read More

April 25, 2019 – 2019 Record Store Day Yields Historic Week for Vinyl Album Sales

Record Store Day drove record-breaking music sales figures yet again, according to Nielsen Music. The 12th annual indie music retailer celebration, staged on April 13, helped yield 827,000 vinyl albums sold in the U.S. in the week ending April 18, according to Nielsen Music — a record for Record Store Day week, and the third-largest sales week for vinyl albums since Nielsen Music started tracking sales in 1991. The previous largest vinyl album sales haul for a Record Store Day week was 2018 with 733,000 sold in the week ending April 26.... Read More

April 24, 2019 – Smart Speakers: Why Your Voice is a Major Battle in Music

This year, the entire smart speaker market is predicted to reach a value of $7 billion according to Deloitte Global, making it the fastest growing connected device category in the world. In 2017, only 7 percent of Americans owned smart speakers, a figure that Nielsen says has risen to 24 percent. By 2022, Juniper Research expects that 55 percent of US households will own a smart speaker, which equates to around 175 million devices in 70 million homes.... Read More

April 23, 2019 – How Podcast Advertising Measures Up

The IAB expects podcast advertising to exceed $500 million in 2019, which represents growth of about 65 percent in just two years. For podcasters looking to attract advertisers, demonstrating proof of performance isn’t just a nice-to-have—it’s quickly becoming a need-to-have. And while download metrics can help advertisers understand which podcasts are popular, they don’t tell brand managers anything about the impact their podcast ads have on customers. Advertisers of all types are getting serious about podcast advertising.... Read More