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June 6, 2016 – Drake’s ‘Views’ Spends Five Weeks at #1; Moves Additional 152,000 Units

Music Biz President James Donio commented on the recent sales figures released by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music: It’s official! Drake’s Views has now spent five straight weeks at #1 on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts, tying Michael Bublé’s Christmas for most frames at the top for a male artist since 2011. Views moved another 152,000 album equivalent units this week, impressively with the overwhelming majority coming from streaming equivalent albums (92,000).... Read More

June 6, 2016 – Worldwide Independent Market Report: The Global Economic & Cultural Contribution of Independent Music

For the first time in the history of recorded music, the independent sector has extracted its true market share value based on ownership of copyright as opposed to distribution, which has been the standard, until now. The report also highlights the cultural importance of the independent sector in protecting creativity and innovation.... Read More

June 1, 2016 – Connecting With Radio Changes As Millennials Move Through Stages

Despite falling into one generation, Millennials are not a uniform, homogeneous group with a common set of beliefs, interests and behaviors. Their lives are in rapid transition: They’re joining the workforce, moving into their own homes and starting families. And these changes influence their media consumption habits, including how and when they listen to the radio.... Read More

May 26, 2016 – CMA Reports That 15% Of Country Music Listeners Are Top-Tier Spenders

The Country Music Association’s latest consumer research took a deep look at top-tier music listener purchases with data revealing that spending for this audience is at $800* or more in the past 12 months – a level which applies to nearly 15 percent of overall Country Music listeners on which the study was based.... Read More

May 19, 2016 – CMA Announces Key Consumer Research Findings

CMA, Country Music’s premier trade association, released key findings from an extensive consumer research initiative: “Understanding Today’s Shifting Consumer Landscape and Changing Country Music Audiences, Music Choices, and Behaviors.  The Country Music audience continues to gain popularity across the board with the fastest growth in listeners occurring among non-whites, Hispanics, and Millennials.  Since 2010, the Country Music format has seen a 25 percent increase in Hispanic listeners compared to a 7 percent growth among non-Hispanic, white listeners.... Read More

May 3, 2016 – [Whitepaper] Building a Direct-to-Fan Strategy in 2016

Read Fame House’s latest white paper: ‘Building a Direct-to-Fan Strategy in 2016’. The report addresses the current ways that artists engage with their fans and focuses on how artists can cultivate owned audiences. Download the white paper via Music Ally.... Read More

April 28, 2016 – RIAA 2015 Year-End Sales & Shipments Data Report

RIAA’s 2015 year-end music sales & shipments report is now published with a unique and comprehensive look at the state of the U.S. music business. A quick snapshot reveals that streaming, now the largest revenue-generator for the industry, helped grow the overall business by just shy of 1% year-over-year, with paid subscriptions leading the way.... Read More

April 19, 2016 – Record Store Day 2016 Top Album and Singles Charts Via BuzzAngle Music

Record Store Day 2016 was a resounding success with music lovers flocking to their favorite record stores to check out the new vinyl releases. Star Wars: The Force Awakens “March of the Resistance” was the top selling album on Record Store Day, while Double-Sided by twenty one pilots was the top selling single.... Read More

April 7, 2016 – Edison Research Hacks the Commuter Code: AM/FM Listeners Switch 22 Times Per Commute

Even as in-car audio use continues to evolve, Americans remain “button punchers.” Nearly 75% of those who consume audio in the car are likely to switch at least occasionally over the course of their commute. The average user of AM/FM radio switches the station 22 times per commute, while those using other platforms switch an average of 9.3 times per commute. That’s just one of the findings of Edison Research’s “Hacking the Commuter Code,” a first-of-its-kind national survey of those who commute 20 minutes or more daily,... Read More