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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February 7, 2017 – Lady Gaga’s Sales Surge Over 1,000% in Wake of Super Bowl Halftime Show

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show performance on Feb. 5 scored huge sales gains for the diva, according to Nielsen Music. Based on initial sales reports collected for Sunday, the diva sold about 150,000 digital albums and songs in the U.S. on Feb. 5 — an increase of a little more than 1,000 percent compared to the previous day, when she sold around 15,000 digital albums and songs. Read more here…... Read More

February 6, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Migos’ ‘Culture’ Comes In At No. 1; Five Albums Debuts in Top 10

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). For the first time in 2017, new albums dominated the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts, with five debuting albums making their way to the charts’ Top 10. They are led by Culture, the second album from Hip-Hop trio Migos and their first to reach #1.... Read More

February 3, 2017 – How Performing at the Super Bowl Affects an Artist’s YouTube Fanbase

For some, the Super Bowl halftime show is just as important as the actual Super Bowl. As a highly anticipated event featuring renowned musicians and unpredictable collaborations, fans sometimes tune in for the halftime show itself. Read more here…... Read More

February 2, 2017 – Thanks Alexa: “Friends With Benefits”

Based on the 15th edition of MusicWatch’s Annual Music Survey we were able to estimate that more than 14 million US consumers reported using an Echo device, including Tap and Dot. That’s users, not necessarily buyers. Over the past few years the conversation around audio has been about mobility; connected cars, music on smartphones. With voice assisted devices, we’re back to talking about music in the home. Amazon reported that Jingle Bells was the holiday song that you most requested Alexa to play.... Read More

February 2, 2017 – Going Gaga on the Gridiron

In just a few short days, the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots will go head to head in the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year: Super Bowl LI. Year after year, the Super Bowl is the most-watched broadcast on U.S. television—and not just because of the action on the gridiron. Not only do people tune in for the ads, but the event is also drawing increasing audiences for the halftime performance,... Read More

January 31, 2017 – Where Concert Ticket Money Goes: Who’s Getting Rich Off Live Music’s Golden Age?

In 2001, Billboard Boxscore reported that the top 100 music concerts of the year collectively generated $350m. In 2015, the top 25 concerts alone grossed just shy of $360m. There are two reasons behind this: more people are going to shows and ticket prices are spiking sharply. Read more here.... Read More

January 31, 2017 – After 15 Years of Decline, France’s Recorded Music Market Returns to Growth

Record businesses annual revenues in the territory have been cut in half over the past decade, down from €965.9m in 2005 to €426m in 2015. Finally, this trend has been reversed, according to local trade body SNEP – largely thanks to ‘particular growth in revenues linked to subscriptions’. See more here.... Read More

January 31, 2017 – Music Subscriptions Pass Million Mark in Spain as Streaming Dominates Bullish Market

Paid music subscriptions passed the one million mark in Spain in 2016, with digital claiming 61 percent of the bullish market with sales topping 100 million euros. According to a new report from Spain’s PROMUSICAE, music sales in 2016 saw a slight increase overall from 2015, with a 1.7 percent gain marking the third consecutive year that the formerly depressed Spanish market was on the rise. Read more here.... Read More

January 27, 2017 – 115 Must Know Facts about Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Skilled.co has put together a massive treasure trove full of fun facts here for you today. So, read along and take a look at the social media statistics infographic to learn a thing or two about how all of this online interaction can work for you. You may already know a few of the key points here, but there should be plenty of new information that you had never even considered before. See more here.... Read More

January 26, 2017 – From Board Games to Toothbrushes, Five Holiday Hits You’d Never Expect

What was hot during Holiday 2016? It’s a question brands and retailers all want to answer as they reflect on the holiday’s successes and misses in preparation for Holiday 2017. Our research team was particularly interested in understanding which products sold substantially faster during Holiday 2016 compared to Holiday 2015. So we took a look at our Store-Level Enabled data for the six-week period from Black Friday through the end of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.... Read More