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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January 29, 2018 – Fall Out Boy Scores Fourth #1 Album: 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 by Billboard — albumssingles) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double). “Rock music found itself back at the top of the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week, as Fall Out Boy notched their fourth #1 album with M A N I A. The record moved over 127,000 units to take the top spot,... Read More

January 22, 2018 – Camila Cabello tops album & singles charts: 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 by Billboard — albumssingles) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double — albumssingles). “This week, Camila Cabello became the first woman since 2015 to debut at #1 with her first full-length album, moving over 109,000 album equivalent units of Camila on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts.... Read More

January 8, 2018 – ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack reaches #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 by Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double). “Film audiences can’t get enough of Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron’s new musical The Greatest Showman, and the movie’s success is translating into music sales for its soundtrack album, according to the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts. The record moved over 105,000 album equivalent units this week to climb to the #1 spot on both charts and become only the 10th soundtrack to reach the summit in the last five years.... Read More

January 5, 2018 – BuzzAngle Music 2017 Year-End U.S. and Canada Reports

Welcome to BuzzAngle Music’s 2017 reports on U.S. and Canada music consumption.In the U.S., there was a significant increase in overall consumption, an outstanding 12.8% over 2016 that marks the third year in a row with increasing growth. Audio stream consumption continued its explosive expansion with a 50.3% increase to 377B streams, an amazing 127B more streams than in 2016. Subscription streams are now at an impressive 80% of total audio streams, up from 76% in 2016.... Read More

January 4, 2018 – Music Consumption Jumps In Big Year For Streaming, Hip-Hop/R&B & vinyl: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on 2017 year-end music consumption data issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published in HITS Daily Double). “Stellar streaming-driven growth, an unprecedented performance by R&B/Hip-Hop music, and historic vinyl sales delivered a more than 12% rise in total consumption to the U.S. music industry in 2017, according to Nielsen (12.5% increase to 636.65 million album equivalent units) and BuzzAngle Music (12.8% increase to 603.2 million units).... Read More

January 4, 2018 – Taylor Swift Has Year’s Top-Selling Album; Streaming Hits Record High in 2017

According to BuzzAngle Music record streaming numbers led to a 12.8% rise in music consumption, the third consecutive year of growth for the music industry. Audio stream consumption was the major reason for the promising results, with a 50.3% increase to a record 377 billion streams, 127 billion more than in 2016. Subscription streams are now at 80% of total audio streams, up from 76% in 2016. Click here to read more.... Read More

January 4, 2018 – U.S. Music Consumption Up 12.5% in 2017, R&B/Hip-Hop Is Year’s Most Popular Genre

According to Nielsen Music, total music consumption in the U.S. in 2017 climbed 12.5 percent to 636.65 million units (up from 566.1 million). That figure adds together traditional album sales, track equivalent album units, and on-demand streaming equivalent album units from both video and audio streams. One track equivalent album unit is equal to 10 tracks sold. One streaming equivalent album unit is equal to 1,500 on-demand streams. Click here to read more.... Read More

January 3, 2018 – Ranked: The 50 biggest songs of 2017

2017 was a groundbreaking year in pop music in which an exciting new generation of young artists bolstered by streaming challenged the big stars and their stale album rollouts to create the most interesting Top 40 music we’ve heard in years. USA TODAY worked with BuzzAngle Music and Mediabase to pull the 50 biggest songs by the numbers (taking into account sales and streaming) released in 2017. Click here to read more.... Read More

January 3, 2018 – What’s in store for 2018

The business of predictions is not for the faint-hearted. Forecasting what’s next for the retail industry, in the throes of its most transformative period in decades, is a dicey objective at best. Witness those who spent the better part of 2017 predicting a retail apocalypse, based largely on the number of bricks-and-mortar stores that have announced closings. While there’s no question that the over-stored and over-malled industry is experiencing a correction, the industry is not dying.... Read More

December 15, 2017 – Nearly 40 Percent of Shoppers Will Give the Gift of An Experience This Holiday, Reports NPD

Rather than filling stockings or wrapping packages, many holiday shoppers plan to purchase less tangible gifts this year, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. According to NPD’s 2017 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey, purchase intent is down across many general merchandise categories, but consumers place a high value on experiences – in their homes, when shopping, and as gifts. Thirty-nine percent of U.S. consumers plan to purchase experiential gifts this holiday season,... Read More