Music Industry Analysis

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August 24, 2016 – In Japan, Music Business Changes Very Slowly

A recent look at some overseas music industry numbers in Japan has revealed streaming’s continued growth, and that physical sales, while still dropping, are slower to decline there. Additionally, and unlike the US, ringtones continue to take up an appreciable share of the market there as well.... Read More

August 22, 2016 – For Music Streamers, Playlists Becoming The New Radio

A new study released by MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry profiled the usage patterns, playlist preferences, discovery habits and creation habits of music streamers. The study is based on 500 online interviews with users of Spotify or Apple Music who participate in listening to or creating playlists.... Read More

August 15, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] ‘Suicide Squad’ Shifts 182,000 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: The Suicide Squad soundtrack capitalized on its film’s box office success to debut at #1 on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts, moving 182,000 equivalent album units (including 128,000 in traditional sales). It’s the biggest opening sales week for a soundtrack since Fifty Shades of Grey 18 months ago, and with 22,000 streaming equivalent album units,... Read More

August 8, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] DJ Khaled Earns First #1 Album; Dethrones Drake

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 on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts, with four debuting albums reaching the Top 10 and a brand new #1 record from Hip-Hop producer DJ Khaled, his first ever. Khaled’s Major Key moved 95,000 equivalent album units (including 59,000 in traditional album sales) to reach the summit and push Drake’s Views to #2.... Read More

August 4, 2016 – The Hardcore Festival Fan Cannot (And Should Not) Be Ignored

Music festivals are becoming more and more popular as the years go on. While these events originally began as a way for many people to experience the music they love in a special setting, now the idea of a music festival has taken on new significance.... Read More

August 4, 2016 – Carpool Consumption: Michelle Obama Drives a Lift for Stevie Wonder and Missy Elliott Hit

The Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS has hosted some of the most well-known celebrities and musicians, including Adele, Justin Bieber, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and George Clooney. While exposure on the show has boosted music consumption for many of the carpooling guests and generated loads of social media interaction, the most recent episode had a big impact on the songs that were featured in the segment.... Read More

August 1, 2016 – How Live Streaming Is Transforming the Music Industry…and Why That Might Scare You.

Digital video is completely transforming the way we view and interact with the world, from communicating with friends and family to keeping ourselves entertained. Mobile video now accounts for over half of all mobile data traffic and experts anticipate that number to increase toward 75% by the year 2020. A relatively new video format — live streaming — is quickly gaining popularity as it redefines the relationship between creators and consumers.... Read More

August 1, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] Drake Passes Swift’s 1989, Spending 12th Week at #1

Music Biz President James Donio commented on the recent sales figures released by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music: “It was another big week for Hip-Hop thanks to Drake’s Views, which will spend its 12th week at #1 on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts after moving another 85,000 equivalent album units. The feat, previously accomplished by only eight other albums, moves Drake past Taylor Swift’s 1989, which spent 11 weeks at the top in 2014 and 2015,... Read More

July 21, 2016 – Mid-Year Touring Update: Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Beyoncé and The Rolling Stones Soar

In the face of security concerns and an uncertain global economy, the touring business is showing resilience and, despite a few rough spots in the festival sector, looks poised to remain robust through the end of 2016.... Read More

July 19, 2016 – 2016 Nielsen Mid-Year Canada Report

In the first six months of 2016, total music consumption in Canada grew more than 7% on a year-over-year basis, streaming volume continues to grow, but total album sales were down almost 20%.... Read More