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May 4, 2022 – The Future of What Episode #194 — Record Store Day 2022

What began as a way for independent record store owners to bolster foot traffic and sales has grown into a shining example of, “if you build it, they will come.” In celebration of Record Store Day’s 15th anniversary in 2022, Music Biz President Portia Sabin discusses the origins of the event and its affect on the recent resurgence of U.S. vinyl sales with: Brittany Benton, Brittany’s Record ShopCarrie Colliton, Record Store DayLarry Jaffee, Making VinylCarl Mello,... Listen

April 27, 2022 – Music Biz Confirms Program For First-Ever NFT & Metaverse Summit At Music Biz 2022 Conference

As the events of recent years forced our industry to establish new revenue streams, NFTs and other metaverse applications have become a hot topic of discussion as a future way for artists to profit off the music they create. In our first-ever program dedicated to these new opportunities in the digital ecosystem, attendees will get a basic overview of how the technology works, dive into successful artist case studies, and what opportunities & challenges may arise as the technology reaches maturity!... Read More

April 25, 2022 – Music Biz Confirms 2022 Metadata Summit Agenda, Keynotes From Kim Beauchamp (UMG/DDEX) and ADA

11th annual program presented by OpenPlay; Supported by DDEX, Exactuals and Verifi Media April 25, 2022 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today confirms the makeup of its 11th annual Metadata Summit taking place 10 am – 3 pm CT on Wednesday, May 11 at the JW Marriott Nashville during the Music Biz 2022 Conference. The Metadata Summit will be available to attend live in-person during the Association’s Annual Conference, as well as with a virtual ticket via the Socio online events platform. ... Read More

Member Updates

May 24, 2022 – Music Biz Members Linkfire and Apple Music Expand Partnership, Introduce New Streaming Insights

Music-minded smart linking platform, Linkfire has announced the continuation and evolution of its partnership with Apple Music, offering artists and labels new data points from music streamed on Apple’s platform. New reports can be generated on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, and those using the Linkfire ecosystem can now access “Add to Library” adoption and “plays by the same artist” statistics. This upgraded suite is the result of feedback provided by artists and their teams on their needs to boost their global marketing efforts.... Read More

May 23, 2022 – Music Biz Member Universal Music Group Announces Partnership With NFT Platform, LimeWire

After rebranding as a music-focused NFT marketplace, LimeWire has announced their first major label partnership with Music Biz member, Universal Music Group. According to LimeWire, artists from across UMG’s family of labels, including Republic, Interscope, Motown and more, can directly sell audio records, backstage footage, audiovisual content, images and more as NFTs to their fans and collectors alike. “Universal Music Group has always prioritized its artists’ creativity and valued fans’ desire to engage in innovative new ways,” says UMG’s EVP,... Read More

May 23, 2022 – Music Biz Member Republic Records Promotes Chris Blackwell To EVP of A&R And Content Strategy

Republic Records has promoted Chris Blackwell as the company’s new EVP of A&R and Content Strategy. Based at the Los Angeles office, Blackwell will continue to lead the creation and development of content for all of Republic’s roster. Since joining the company, Blackwell has worked in collaboration with artists such as KA$HDAMI, Lil Wayne and BENEE. “More than ever, artists are multi-hyphenates, content creators, and brand builders,” says Blackwell. “I’m honored to be their liaison when it comes to creative projects.... 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