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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September 19, 2016 – Nielsen Music Study: Streaming Usage Up, Hispanics Dominate Live Attendance

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September 8, 2016 – The Keys to Unlocking the Millennial Mindset

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Database, Millennials make up one-fourth of the planet’s population, which translates into 1.7 billion people. As a consumer group, they’re just starting to flex their spending power, which will grow significantly in the coming years. While they’re years from fully establishing themselves, they’re already having a marked impact on the global consumer landscape.... Read More

September 6, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] Streisand Shifts 149,000 Units To Debut at #1

Music Biz President James Donio commented on the recent sales figures released by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music: It was a big week for new releases, with three albums debuting with over 100,000 units for the first time since November 2015. They were led by the incomparable Barbra Streisand, who moved 149,000 equivalent album units (including 148,000 in traditional album sales) of Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway to land her 11th chart-topper,... Read More

August 29, 2016 – Forces of Nature: The Media Universe Moves at the Pace of Technological Change

The current state of the media universe presents a bounty of boundless choice to today’s consumer. Like the cosmos, which is contemplated much in current times, the proliferation of devices and the abundance of media choices is presenting endless options for the consumer and endless challenges and opportunities for the marketer.... Read More

August 24, 2016 – In Japan, Music Business Changes Very Slowly

A recent look at some overseas music industry numbers in Japan has revealed streaming’s continued growth, and that physical sales, while still dropping, are slower to decline there. Additionally, and unlike the US, ringtones continue to take up an appreciable share of the market there as well.... Read More

August 22, 2016 – For Music Streamers, Playlists Becoming The New Radio

A new study released by MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry profiled the usage patterns, playlist preferences, discovery habits and creation habits of music streamers. The study is based on 500 online interviews with users of Spotify or Apple Music who participate in listening to or creating playlists.... Read More

August 15, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] ‘Suicide Squad’ Shifts 182,000 Units To Debut at #1

Music Biz President James Donio commented on the recent sales figures released by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music: The Suicide Squad soundtrack capitalized on its film’s box office success to debut at #1 on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts, moving 182,000 equivalent album units (including 128,000 in traditional sales). It’s the biggest opening sales week for a soundtrack since Fifty Shades of Grey 18 months ago, and with 22,000 streaming equivalent album units,... Read More

August 8, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] DJ Khaled Earns First #1 Album; Dethrones Drake

Music Biz President James Donio commented on the recent sales figures released by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music: It was a big week for new releases on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts, with four debuting albums reaching the Top 10 and a brand new #1 record from Hip-Hop producer DJ Khaled, his first ever. Khaled’s Major Key moved 95,000 equivalent album units (including 59,000 in traditional album sales) to reach the summit and push Drake’s Views to #2.... Read More

August 4, 2016 – The Hardcore Festival Fan Cannot (And Should Not) Be Ignored

Music festivals are becoming more and more popular as the years go on. While these events originally began as a way for many people to experience the music they love in a special setting, now the idea of a music festival has taken on new significance.... Read More

August 4, 2016 – Carpool Consumption: Michelle Obama Drives a Lift for Stevie Wonder and Missy Elliott Hit

The Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS has hosted some of the most well-known celebrities and musicians, including Adele, Justin Bieber, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and George Clooney. While exposure on the show has boosted music consumption for many of the carpooling guests and generated loads of social media interaction, the most recent episode had a big impact on the songs that were featured in the segment.... Read More