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 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

February 16, 2017 – BuzzAngle Music’s 2017 GRAMMYs Impact Report

The 2017 GRAMMY Awards had plenty of intrigue with regard to the top awards and as usual provided the nominated and performing artists with a boost to their album and song sales. Read the highlights here…... Read More

February 15, 2017 – Are Sales or Streaming Data More Relevant to Your Station’s Music?

Even though on-demand streaming services such as Spotify are rapidly replacing paid digital downloads at online stores such as iTunes, song sales data is still a relevant metric for radio programmers to examine when considering new music for airplay. Read more here.... Read More

February 14, 2017 – GRAMMY Awards Drive More Than 200 Percent Sales Gain for Adele, Beyonce & More

The 2017 Grammy Awards generated instant sales gains for the songs performed on CBS’ Feb. 12 broadcast, according to Nielsen Music. The tunes performed on the show scored a 207 percent gain in download sales in the United States on the day of the show, according to initial sales reports by Nielsen. Combined, the tunes performed on the awards (as well as the original versions of songs treated to cover renditions) sold more than 178,000 downloads on Feb.... Read More

February 14, 2017 – [WEEKLY SALES] Big Sean Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘I Decided.’

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). Big Sean rose to the top of the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week, scoring his second #1 album and fourth Top 10 solo effort with I Decided. The feat kept a surging Lady Gaga, fresh off her Super Bowl half-time performance,... Read More

February 10, 2017 – Earphones & Headphones Market to Surpass $19 Billion by 2022

Rising purchasing power of consumers, increasing penetration of online streaming services coupled with growing smartphone and other mobile device market to drive global earphones & headphones market through 2022, according to a TechSci Research Report. Read more here…... Read More