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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April 20, 2017 – Saturday Night’s All Right For Buying: Celebrating Record Store Day

Record Store Day is renowned for special releases, particularly on vinyl. This year will feature a Bruce, a Bowie and a Busta. Billboard reported that Record Store Day 2016 led to a “record” sales volume in vinyl albums- 383,000 units for week ending April 21. At an average price of ~$25 (RIAA) that’s nearly $10 M in revenue. Add to that the additional spending from used albums, CDs, vinyl singles and t-shirts and it was a banner day.... Read More

April 13, 2017 – US Recorded Music Grows Customers; Spend Up 11%

According to MusicWatch’s “Annual Music Study” the number of US music buyers grew for the second consecutive year, up 5% in 2016*. Although not at the levels of a decade ago, there is a growing appetite for paying for music. Read more here.... Read More

April 10, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Drake’s ‘More Life’ Spends Third Week 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 Border City Media (published in HITS Daily Double). Drake continued his domination of the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week, spending his third straight frame at #1 with More Life. It’s the first time any album has spent its first three weeks at the top since Drake himself did so in June 2016 with Views.... Read More

April 6, 2017 – Nielsen Q1 Numbers: Quote from Music Biz President James Donio

Music Biz President James Donio released the following quote regarding the recent Nielsen 2017 Q1 numbers published in Billboard: “Nielsen’s Q1 2017 music numbers indicate that the overall upward momentum generated last year is continuing. Music consumption was up 5.9% from Q1 2016, with 145.5 million total album equivalent units. That number was fueled once more by massive growth in the streaming sector, with total on-demand streams up 35.2% over Q1 2016 to 133.9 billion.... Read More

April 3, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Drake’s ‘More Life’ Spends Second Week 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 Border City Media (published in HITS Daily Double). After the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reported last week that streaming had become the chief source of music industry revenue for the first time ever, it is fitting that this week’s #1 album on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts be powered chiefly by streaming equivalent albums (SEAs).... Read More

March 30, 2017 – 2016 RIAA Shipment and Revenue Statistics Report: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

Music Biz President James Donio released the following statement regarding the 2016 RIAA Shipment & Revenue Statistics report released today: In an accomplishment that illuminates a promising path forward, the U.S. music industry notched its biggest overall revenue growth in nearly two decades last year, according to the newly released 2016 RIAA Shipment and Revenue Statistics report. Total revenue was up 11.4% in 2016, reaching a total of $7.7 billion driven by massive growth in the streaming sector.... Read More

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