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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March 3, 2017 – What Makes People Buy from a Brand They Follow on Social Media?

Seven in 10 US internet users will use social media regularly in 2017, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast. However, the ways in which social media users connect with friends, family members—and, of course, brands—vary greatly depending on the user’s age. Read more here.... Read More

March 3, 2017 – Global Recorded Music Revenues Grew By $1.1 Billion In 2016

Throughout 2016 as the major label earnings were coming in there was a growing awareness that 2016 was going to be a landmark year for the recorded music business. It finally looked like streaming was going to push the industry into growth. Now with full year numbers in, the picture is even more positive than it first appeared. Read more here.... Read More

March 3, 2017 – eMarketer Releases New Snapchat Usage Numbers

As it prepares to go public, Snapchat certainly has momentum on its side—but competition is looming large. eMarketer has increased its US usage projections for 2017 by more than 5%, expecting 70.4 million Americans to use the platform. Read more here.... Read More

March 2, 2017 – Is Radio’s Brave New World Taking Shape?

Seasons change, habits ebb and flow, and the landscape of consumer choice is constantly shifting. Such is the case on the radio airwaves as we crack the book open on another year of listener preference and review the release of Nielsen’s January portable people meter ratings. Read more here.... Read More

March 2, 2017 – What The Music Industry Can Learn From The Gaming Industry

The gaming industry counts as many differences from the music business as it counts similarities. It makes it a perfect teacher when we find the right way to translate their reality to ours. Both industries were in large part dependent on sales of copies in the ’90s, and have walked diverging paths as they’ve had to innovate new distribution models and revenue streams. Read more here.... Read More

February 28, 2017 – Why Indie Artists Can’t Afford to Skip Streaming

It was a watershed year for the half-million or so artists and labels CD Baby distributes worldwide in 2016. It was the year its artists’ lifetime gross earnings crossed the half-a billion-dollar mark (yep, $500,000,000). But the most important trend was that revenue from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music overtook downloads as the number one source of artists’ sales. Read more here.... Read More

February 23, 2017 – How Music’s Biggest Night Affects Music Sales

The month of February caps off two of the biggest televised music events of the year: the Super Bowl halftime show and the Grammy Awards. This year’s events once again proved the power of television in boosting sales for featured artists. Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show pulled in a record number of viewers, and her sales increased over 1000% in the immediate wake of the performance. Last Sunday’s GRAMMY Awards telecast showcased some of the biggest artists,... Read More

February 21, 2017 – Most Millennials Have Watched Live Video Online

In the US, the majority of young people have watched live streaming video online, and even among older users, live video consumption is not that unusual.Broken down by age group, millennials are the most likely to watch and create live streaming video. A November 2016 UBS Evidence Lab study found that 63% of US internet users ages 18 to 34 watched live video. Read more here.... Read More

February 21, 2017 – How Do People Use Virtual Assistants on Their Smartphones?

Many smartphone users are regularly searching for information through voice commands with virtual assistants such as Google Now, Siri, Cortana and Alexa. New research looked at how often US smartphone users are employing smartphone virtual assistants, why and when they’re using them, which services they’re using and what they’re commonly searching for. Read more here.... Read More

February 16, 2017 – The State of Live Video Streaming

When Twitter acquired Periscope in 2015, the possibility to stream live video from and to your phone was a real innovation. At the time of the acquisition, Periscope hadn’t even launched yet and when it did, it quickly trended among early adopters and the broader tech community. Having reportedly paid slightly less than $100 million, Twitter’s decision to move in before Periscope had even publicly launched its app looked like a smart move at the time.... Read More