Music Industry Analysis

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October 17, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] Green Day’s ‘Revolution Radio’ Debuts at #1

Music Biz President James Donio commented on the recent sales figures released by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music: After teaming up in 2013 for the Everly Brothers covers album Foreverly, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have now gone back-to-back on the Billboard 200 chart, snagging the Top 2 spots with their latest records. Armstrong’s band, Green Day, took #1 with Revolution Radio, moving 95,000 equivalent album units (including 90,000 in traditional sales).... Read More

October 12, 2016 – For Political Parties, Music Could Be the Winning Ticket

With less than a month before the U.S. presidential election, many political onlookers are expecting independent and undecided voters to be the decision makers in what has been a very close race. But while the two primary candidates are focused on issues like national security and job creation, there may be another way to forge an emotional connection with undecided and independent voters in key swing states: music.... Read More

September 28, 2016 – Reality Check: A Peek at the Virtual Audiences of Tomorrow

It seems the next media frontier is close at hand, and the technology could literally leave consumers even more immersed—and invested—in the content that surrounds them. Virtual reality (VR)—a concept that has been talked about for decades but out of reach for most consumers—is fast becoming a reality itself.... Read More

September 26, 2016 – 4 Millennial Shopping Trends Your Business Needs To Keep Up With

Millennials already spend about $600 billion annually on retail and as they grow older, with more of the generation entering the workforce, their collective buying power will only increase. In order to lure millennial spending, businesses need to understand how this group shops. While millennials still prefer a brick-and-mortar retail experience over online shopping, this is likely to change in the future.... Read More

September 20, 2016 – 2016 Mid-Year RIAA Shipment and Revenue Statistics

Music Biz President James Donio released the following statement regarding the 2016 Mid-Year RIAA Shipment and Revenue Statistics: “The accelerating momentum of streaming services in the first half of this year has helped yield the largest uptick for the U.S. music industry in nearly two decades, according to the 2016 Mid-Year RIAA Music Shipment and Revenue Statistics report. This translates to an overall revenue increase of 8.1% to $3.4 billion. The growth is led by a 56% year-over-year increase in revenues from streaming music,... Read More

September 19, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] Jason Aldean Brings Country Back To #1 On The Charts

Music Biz President James Donio commented on the recent sales figures released by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music: Country music makes its triumphant return to the top of the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week thanks to Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know, which moved 138,000 equivalent album units (including 131,000 in traditional sales). It’s Aldean’s third straight #1 record, kicking off a sales frame rife with new albums.... Read More

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