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January 15, 2019 – Kane Brown to Be Honored With Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2019

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present platinum-selling, progressive Country artist Kane Brown with a Breakthrough Artist Award at the Music Biz 2019 Conference’s Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on Tuesday, May 7 at the JW Marriott Nashville. The Award is presented to artists who have truly emerged and made a particularly significant impact on the music scene in the past year, and who are poised to propel to stellar new heights. Brown, who will be honored alongside fellow 2019 Breakthrough Artist Bebe Rexha,... Read More

January 15, 2019 – NY:LON Startup Showcase & Awards Honors Most Impactful New Company

In addition to the star-studded slate of keynotes and panel presentations that will set the course for the industry in the new year, NY:LON Connect will feature the debut of the Startup Showcase & Awards! The ceremony will highlight the best music-related startups and hold an audience vote to determine which company will have the biggest impact on the music business! The ceremony will feature the following presenters: Taishi Fukuyama, Co-Founder and COO, Amadeus Code (Japan) Chantal Epp,... Read More

January 11, 2019 – [WEBINAR] – The Hot 100 Top 10 Deconstructed

Compositional analytics can be a powerful tool when it comes to making songwriting and business decisions. It can help you spot evolving and waning trends, select a single, determine the best time to release a song, and so much more. Join us Thursday, February 7 from 2-3 pm ET for this webinar where Hit Songs Deconstructed co-founders Yael and David Penn take a deep dive into the compositional trends driving the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10,... Read More

Member Updates

January 10, 2019 – Artists Working With Music Biz Member CD Baby Earned More Than $100 Million in 2018

Indie distributor/publisher and Music Biz member CD Baby announced this week that its member artists earned over $100 million dollars in 2018. The nine-figure milestone represents a 25 percent increase over 2017, when CD Baby paid out $80.1 million — itself a 33 percent bump from 2016. According to the company’s statistics, it distributes 750,000 artists and more than 9 million tracks and publishes 170,000 songwriters and over 1 million individual songs, representing artists in more than 200 territories across the globe.... Read More

December 12, 2018 – Music Biz Member Royalty Exchange Profiled In Forbes Magazine

Royalty Exchange, a member of the Music Business Association, was profiled this week by Forbes Magazine. Royalty Exchange gives songwriters the opportunity to create a new, immediate revenue stream by selling their catalogs to investors. This offers a highly beneficial solution for both parties, as songwriters receive an up-front payment for their performances while investors receive a stream of predictable, fixed-rate royalty payments. The earnings potential of catalogs is based on past payments to artists, calculated through Royalty Exchange’s “Know Your Worth” online app.... Read More

December 11, 2018 – Music Biz Member Capitol Music Group Hosts Inaugural ‘Capitol Royale’ Creativity and Innovation Marathon In Los Angeles

In the wake of technology changing the landscape of the music industry, companies are shifting their energy towards more cutting-edge and forward-thinking methods of doing business. Enter Capitol Royale: Capitol Music Group’s two-day creativity and innovation marathon (Dec 1-2) at its headquarters in Hollywood, CA. In the company’s continued investment in the music and tech space, its Capitol360 hub helped conceive and nurture an idea for Capitol to be one of the first major record labels to host a hackathon and center the challenge around a bevy of panels,... Read More

Industry Analysis

January 18, 2019 – The Future of Voice Assistants like Alexa and Siri Isn’t Just in Homes — It’s in Cars

As smart speakers take off in the home, it’s important to note that cars are an even bigger market for voice assistants. Some 77 million US adults use voice assistants in their cars at least monthly, compared with 45.7 million using them on smart speakers, according to a new survey from voice tech publication Voicebot.ai. Smartphones, with their near universal adoption, are the biggest source of regular voice assistant usage — think Siri on iPhones and Google Assistant on Android phones — with 90.1 million smartphone owners using them at least once a month,... Read More

January 18, 2019 – How Streaming Powered Christmas Music’s Record-Breaking 2018 Season

The 2018 holiday season is over, and the dust has finally settled on the huge impact of Christmas music on the charts. Christmas songs occupied 23 slots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the first week of January, only to fall off simultaneously and catapult a host of newcomers onto the charts. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You,” which rose to an all-time high of No. 3, smashed XXXTentacion’s single-day streaming record on Spotify,... Read More

January 17, 2019 – 5G Is Coming: So What Does This Mean for Music?

5G was the hot topic at CES 2019, with numerous companies sharing their ambitious plans. 5G has the potential to make loading websites, streaming music, and downloading up to 10 times faster than 4G. The United States isn’t expected to see the first 5G-compatible networks until 2020, but that hasn’t stopped telcos from openly bragging. For now, it’s unclear just how much the protocol upgrade will impact music-specific properties. One quick possibility is that higher-fidelity streams can be consumed more readily,... Read More