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October 5, 2020 – Watch Music Biz President Portia Sabin’s 2020 Presidential Address

As we kick off this week’s Music Biz LIVE: Onward & Upward program, we’re excited to share with you our annual President’s Address! Below, you’ll be able to listen in as Music Biz President Portia Sabin delivers an overview on Music Biz’s endeavors to support our membership over the past year, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and her commentary on the state of the music industry in 2020 and beyond. She also announces Music Biz’s new mission statement to guide how the Association will support our membership and the global music industry in the years to come.... Read More

September 30, 2020 – Music Business Association Announces Driving Change Virtual Conference Focused on Diversity & Inclusion

Lawyer/activist Dina LaPolt and Universal Music Group’s Jeff Harleston Announced as First Confirmed Keynote Speakers The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced a brand new virtual conference — Driving Change, sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, Inc. – set to take place Tuesday, October 20 through Thursday, October 22 from 3 – 6 PM ET each day. Through high-level keynotes, panels, and roundtables, the event will bring together executives and thought leaders in the music business in action-based conversations about how our industry can take meaningful steps to support underrepresented communities in our industry,... Read More

September 23, 2020 – Announcing Music Biz LIVE: Onward & Upward!

2020 has presented us with a number of intense challenges, both as industry professionals and as a global community. To help us all build on the successful pivots we’ve made this year and determine how best to address our pressing business & social issues going forward, we’re excited to present Music Biz LIVE: Onward & Upward! This four-day event will bring several of the best-loved elements of our face-to-face Annual Conference to the virtual stage, as we focus on how the global music industry is working to overcome the disruptions and challenges of 2020.... Read More

Member Updates

October 22, 2020 – Music Biz Member 1001Tracklists to Celebrate Annual Top Producers List with Minecraft Livestream

1001Tracklists will debut this year’s edition of its annual data-driven ranking of the Top 101 Producers on Wednesday, October 28, and celebrate the launch of the list two days later in a unique Minecraft livestream event. Any Electronic music track released in the past two years can qualify for the list, with ranking determined by data points compiled from DJ set plays across live performances, radio shows, mixes, and podcasts. Last year’s 101 Producers celebration took place during the Amsterdam Dance Event conference,... Read More

October 19, 2020 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: 1001Tracklists

We’re excited to welcome 1001Tracklists, the world’s leading DJ tracklist database, to the Music Biz member community! The 1001Tracklists website is touted as “essentially the Wikipedia of dance music,” hosting over 250,000 official tracklists to date for major festivals, radio shows, DJ sets, podcasts, and promo mixes. It also serves as an extensive database of artists, labels, and tracks that provides discerning charts that reflect the music most played by DJs around the world. Because of the transparency of its data and unique genre insights,... Read More

October 12, 2020 – Music Biz Members The Orchard and Sony/ATV Partner for Publishing Endeavor

The Orchard and Sony/ATV have announced a new partnership that will provide Orchard-distributed artists and labels an integrated publishing solution, widening the scope of The Orchard’s comprehensive suite of services for recorded music. Through its global network, Sony/ATV will handle all aspects of global song representation and royalty collection, allowing The Orchard’s clients to benefit from the scale, infrastructure and premium royalty rates of the publishing industry leader. “We are happy to share our extensive music publishing network and expertise with The Orchard in this new venture,”... Read More

Industry Analysis

October 21, 2020 – Pandemic Causes Media and Entertainment Digital Ad Spending to Decline Despite Uptick in Streaming and Gaming

The media and entertainment industries have traditionally made up a small fraction of the US digital ad market, and we expect their shares to remain flat or diminish through 2021. This partly has to do with traditional media conglomerates tightening their belts; their own ad revenues will continue to decline as ad dollars shift away from print and TV and toward the digital duopolies. Media and entertainment conglomerates are also keen on advertising through their own channels and platforms.... Read More

October 20, 2020 – How Streaming Enablement in 2020 has Changed the Media Landscape

In looking at how streaming video consumption has grown this year, Easter Sunday stands out as the peak streaming day that Nielsen has ever measured. From there, especially as stay-at-home orders eased and warmer weather came around, total media usage began to normalize. That doesn’t mean, however, that media consumption today looks like what it did before March, especially when you look at the video streaming space. In fact, Brian Fuhrer, SVP, Product Strategy at Nielsen,... Read More

October 14, 2020 – U.S. Ecommerce Growth Jumps to More than 30%, Accelerating Online Shopping Shift by Nearly 2 Years

The pandemic has accelerated ecommerce growth in the U.S. this year, with online sales reaching a level not previously expected until 2022. In our Q3 U.S. retail forecast, the top 10 retailers by ecommerce sales will tighten their grip on the retail market. U.S. ecommerce sales will reach $794.50 billion this year, up 32.4% year-over-year. That’s a much higher growth rate than the 18.0% predicted in our Q2 forecast, as consumers continue to avoid stores and opt for online shopping amid the pandemic.... Read More