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November 29, 2022 – The Future of What Episode #201 — The Lazuli Collective & Mental Health In Entertainment Industries

Born from the renewed calls for focus on mental health & wellness during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lazuli Collective works to establish “a new cultural paradigm” that puts the human needs of both artists and music industry executives front and center. In this month’s interview, we sat down with the organization’s founder, Brandon Holman, to discuss how the Lazuli Collective is making a difference for entertainment professionals, as well as the cultural shift taking place to support mental health and well-being.... Listen

November 1, 2022 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] – Finding A Fanbase: Training Algorithms For Music Discovery, Op-Ed by Chelsea Hallman from Targoz Market Research

In 2022, 46 percent of insights buyers from Coca-Cola to McKinsey revealed their spending on research projects increased over the past twelve months. Has yours? What’s driving your strategy? Previous release stats, or tailored marketing research that explores precisely what your listeners want? Training algorithms or recommendation engines to feed your release to an audience that matches your target market’s desired lyrical content, song features and past listening habits is paramount, particularly with emerging artists. Promotion teams must have the most effective listener profile at launch so they can coordinate early likes,... Read More

October 26, 2022 – THE BIZZYS ARE BACK — 2023 Bizzy Awards Nominations Now Open!

First held during last year’s Annual Music Biz Conference, the Bizzy Awards allows our members to recognize those Association member companies & executives who deserve recognition for the ways they’re working to advance music commerce and improve working conditions for EVERYONE who works in our industry! We’re thrilled today to announce the return of the Bizzy Awards in 2023, and open nominations. The 2023 Bizzys will include the following categories: Leading Light Award, Agent of Change Award,... Read More

Member Updates

November 30, 2022 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Africa Join Audiomack and Afrochella To Support Rising Star Challenge For Emerging African Artists

Sony Music Africa has partnered with Culture Management Group, the parent company of Afrochella and media streaming service, Audiomack, to expand the Rising Star Challenge competition to unsigned and emerging artists in Africa. The grand prize winner of the Rising Star Challenge will win an exclusive recording agreement with Sony Music Africa for a single release, global distribution for their new single, marketing support, a music video, free access to Afrochella’s recording studio, mentoring and training from industry experts,... Read More

November 29, 2022 – Music Biz Member TikTok Hosts #AltMusic LIVE Livestream With Wet Leg

On November 24th, TikTok premiered its first ever #Altmusic LIVE concert livestream with Indie Rock group, Wet Leg on the group’s official TikTok channel. After tickets for Wet Leg’s O2 Kentish Town show sold out within seconds, the TikTok livestream provided fans who couldn’t get a ticket the opportunity to watch the band perform. Alternative music on TikTok has been steadily growing in popularity; since the platform has relaunched its #Altmusic hashtag in October 2022, it has accrued an estimate of 1.2 billion views.... Read More

November 28, 2022 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Group Appoints Bob Workman As SVP, International Brand Partnerships & General Manager, WMX UK

Warner Music Group has appointed Bob Workman to the dual role of SVP, International Brand Partnerships, WMG and General Manager, WMX UK. In his new role, he will play a key role in WMG’s Global Brand Partnerships Council alongside Camille Hackney, Chief Partnerships Officer and Head of Global Brand Partnerships at Atlantic Records US and Claudia Butsky, EVP, Brand Partnerships and Sync at Warner Records US. Workman will also retain his position on the Warner Music UK Senior Management Team,... Read More

Industry Analysis

January 6, 2022 – In The Realm Of Podcasting, The US Is The Global Leader In All Respects

The US is the undisputed front-runner within the global podcasting ecosystem, in terms of both content production and listener adoption. In 2021, 40.0% of US internet users will listen to a podcast at least once per month. No other country comes close to matching this figure (Sweden, home of Spotify, will be in second place with 34.6%). The US will also have the most monthly podcast listeners, at 117.8 million—over 40 million more than our aggregate figure for Europe.... Read More

November 10, 2021 – Six Reasons Why Regionality Still Matters For The Global Music Streaming Business

You’d be forgiven for thinking that music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music have rendered local listening habits and cultures less relevant. After all, music streaming is now available in most parts of the world and allows users to listen to artists from across the globe. In many ways, music has never been more accessible. Yet the importance of regionality persists, even with increased global connectivity. From local scenes to national laws,... Read More

October 13, 2021 – RIAA Releases 2021 Mid-Year Latin Music Revenues Report

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has published its latest mid-year Latin music revenues report, showcasing a 37% growth for U.S. revenues to $407 million during the first half of 2021 (1H 2021). Streaming format revenues for Latin music also grew 37% year over year. Overall, Latin music’s growth in the U.S. outpaced that of overall U.S. revenues, growing in share to 5.8%. Click here to read more and access the report in full.... Read More