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 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

May 24, 2017 – Global Music Merch Biz Grew to $3.1 Billion in 2016: Study

Music merchandising retail sales was one of the fastest growing property type percentage-wise for 2016, according to the international Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association’s annual survey. While all categories of licensed goods and services globally hit nearly $263 billion, which represented a 4.4% increase from the prior year, the music merchandise category grew at more than double that pace. According to LIMA, music merchandise grew 9.4% to $3.1 billion from the prior year’s total of $2.83 billion.... Read More

May 5, 2017 – Nielsen Music 360 Canada Report

Music consumption in Canada continues to rise. Ninety-three percent of Canadians listen to music, up from 89% a year ago. This rise may be explained by the continuing move toward mobile consumption—over half the Canadian population are now listening to music via smartphone in a typical week. Read more here.... Read More

May 3, 2017 – These Are the Top-Selling Albums & Singles of Record Store Day 2017, As Vinyl Album Sales Surge 213%

The 10th installment of Record Store Day (April 22) continued to drive big sales of music at independent retailers, according to Nielsen Music. The company reports that in the tracking week ending April 27, album sales at indie stores increased 194 percent compared to the previous week — the largest weekly gain in the retail sector in the history of Record Store Day. Read more here.... Read More

April 28, 2017 – Record Store Day 2017 Top Albums and Singles Charts

Record Store Day 2017 was a very big success again with music lovers descending upon their favorite record stores to check out the new vinyl releases. P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66 by Grateful Dead was the top selling album on Record Store Day, while Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles was the top selling single. Read more here.... Read More

April 25, 2017 – IFPI Global Report 2017: Industry Sees Highest Revenue Growth in Decades, But the YouTube Issue Remains

Strong growth in streaming throughout the world helped lift global music sales by almost 6 percent in 2016, the biggest year-on-year rise in revenues since the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) began tracking the market in 1997. Read more here.... Read More

April 24, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Kendrick Lamar’s Earns Highest Debut of 2017 with ‘DAMN’

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). Kendrick Lamar kept Hip-Hop’s chart momentum going by hitting #1 on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts with DAMN., the best-selling album of 2017 so far. The album moved more than 600,000 units to give Lamar his third chart-topper and put him in exclusive company as one of only three artists who have hit #1 in 2015,... Read More

April 20, 2017 – Record Store Day Puts the Focus On Music

This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, an annual day to celebrate local independent record stores—and music in general. It’s also a day when die hard music fans flock to actual physical shops to scoop up exclusive and limited-edition releases that artists customize—often elaborately—for this special day. And while streaming is now the most popular way to access music, Record Store Day has added significant fuel to the resurgence of the vinyl LP—a format that is oddly defying an increasingly digital landscape.... Read More

April 20, 2017 – Record Store Day By Numbers: Prince To Cohen, Vinyl Sales Surge 321%

New figures just released before the 10th Record Store Day show how the annual event has boosted the vinyl revolution. The U.S. independent record retailers taking part in the Saturday April 22 event may expect their vinyl sales to leap by as much as 321%, based on Nielsen Music statistics. Read more here.... Read More