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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November 15, 2017 – Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Passes One Million in Sales

With performances on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night, “Reputation” has gone over a million in sales in just its fourth day on the market, with 1.5 million in its sights, according to reports from BuzzAngle, with about 2/3 of retailers reporting today. Click here to read more.... Read More

November 13, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Sam Smith Scores First #1 as Taylor Swift Looms: 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). “It was a big week for new albums, with five debuting records reaching the Top 10 of the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts. They are led by Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All,... Read More

November 8, 2017 – What Don’t You Know About Holiday Music?

‘Twas the night before holiday music hits the airwaves; telltale signs are everywhere, seasons are changing, and before you know it, we’ll all be jamming to Jingle Bell Rock. And when you stop and think about it, what’s one sure way to dive right into the holiday mood within a blink of an eye? Holiday music, naturally. Holiday music grows in popularity each year, and it’s rooted in what many consider to be the classic era of the genre,... Read More

November 6, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Kenny Chesney’s Latest Live Album Is the First to Hit Number One since 2010

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). “Country superstar Kenny Chesney earned his eighth #1 album on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week with his new live record Live in No Shoes Nation moving more than 219,000 album equivalent units.... Read More

November 2, 2017 – Time With Tunes: How Technology Is Driving Music Consumption

On average, Americans spend just over 32 hours a week listening to music in 2017, up 5.5 hours over last year. How is this possible? Technology. At home, at work and traveling in between, people are consuming more music than ever before, from more devices. New technology and the latest gadgets allow listeners to seamlessly engage with music anywhere, anytime. Smartphones, laptops and tablets are among top devices for music engagement at home, and radio still dominates in-car listening,... Read More

October 30, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] One Direction ties The Beatles as Niall Horan tops 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 — albums; singles) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double — albumssingles). “Niall Horan became the third former member of Pop group One Direction to top the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts with a solo album this week, equaling a feat achieved only by The Beatles.... Read More

October 30, 2017 – Young Music Consumers Are Still Buying Music

While the common conception of young music consumers may be that they would never so much as a glance at a CD or pay for a download, some recent stats suggest that young music consumers are just as apt to buy music as any other age group. Click here to read more.... Read More

October 25, 2017 – Wintel Worldwide Independent Market Report 2017

WINTEL 2017 is the second report produced for Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), mapping the global market share of the independent sector at copyright, rather than distribution level. Key findings from this research include the fact that, based on rights ownership, the global market share of independent record labels has increased since 2015 by 0.9% to 38.4%, representing global revenues of $6billion in 2016. This is an increase of 6.9% on the previous 12 months. Click here to read more.... Read More

October 23, 2017 – [Weekly Sales] P!nk Scores 2017’s Best Sales Week for a Woman: 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). “Pop veteran P!nk dominated the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week with her new album, Beautiful Trauma, moving over 407,000 album equivalent units to take #1. It’s the biggest sales week for a woman so far in 2017 and the fourth-best week overall,... Read More

October 16, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Big week for Rap on 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). “It was a big week for Rap music, with NF moving over 53,000 album equivalent units of Perception to top the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts. It was enough to hold off Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits,... Read More