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December 10, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Building an Artist’s Foundation: A Look Into Artist Development in 2020 with AGD Entertainment’s Chelsea Cressman

The social media and streaming markets have led to a strong influx of new artists, with the number of new tracks posted to Spotify jumping from 20,000 daily to 40,000 daily in a year’s time. With all that competition, it can be incredibly daunting for a modern artist to connect with new fans and rise above the rest of the noise. We recently spoke with AGD Entertainment’s Executive Director Chelsea Cressman about the company’s offerings for developing artists,... Read More

December 5, 2019 – Music Business Association Taps Kobalt, EMPIRE, mtheory Nashville, Hopeless Records and UnitedMasters for New Board Members

Association Membership Has Expanded To Include 23 Diverse New Member Companies Over Past Three Months December 5, 2019 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors, with the aim of diversifying the Board to align with the makeup of the Association’s evolving membership. The newly appointed members include: Bob Bruderman, EVP of Global Digital Partnerships at Kobalt Music Group; Ghazi, CEO & Founder of EMPIRE;... Read More

November 26, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — An Update on the Direct Shot Distribution Crisis Ahead of the Holiday Season

The musical consumption landscape continues to change year-to-year and even month-to-month. For years now, the media has claimed that the rise of digital formats will put an end to physical media as we know it. However, earlier this year, it was revealed that vinyl records and cassettes continue to see widespread appreciation from the music-buying public. Nielsen Music reported that this year’s Record Store Day week saw 827,000 vinyl albums sold in the U.S.... Read More

Member Updates

December 11, 2019 – Napster and Super Hi-Fi Announce Partnership to Create Personalized Music Listening Experiences

Music Biz members Napster and Super Hi-Fi announced this week a partnership that will allow music streaming services and leading consumer companies to easily create the next generation of personalized and branded music. The service will be available via Napster’s complete music and audio technology platform, “Powered by Napster,” and will use Super Hi-Fi’s advanced AI solutions to add a critical layer of differentiation and customized listening features. “Napster serves many brands across various industries and we’re always looking for ways to super serve our customers with custom solutions,” said Bill Patrizio,... Read More

December 9, 2019 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: IAFAR

Welcome the Independent Alliance For Artist Rights (IAFAR) to the Music Biz member community! IAFAR is a newly formed organization founded as an equivalent to the MPA and NMPA for the neighboring rights sector, whose goal is to increase awareness and understanding about the neighboring rights revenue stream. The organization provides educational materials and a forum for collaboration for artists and rights holder, all in an effort to promote better understanding of neighboring rights and advocate for those entitled rights holders claim what profits are theirs.... Read More

November 22, 2019 – Jaxsta Launches Jaxsta Pro Beta, Offers Music Biz Members Exclusive Discount

Congratulations to Music Biz member Jaxsta, who today announced the launch of the Jaxsta Pro Beta! The Pro product is tailor-made to support professionals across all areas of the music business, and works hand-in-hand with the company’s innovative, constantly updating music credits database. Jaxsta Pro allows artist and label teams to claim Jaxsta credits profiles and add contact information to open up future working opportunities for artists, offers access to over 600 charts with the ability to create chart update alerts,... Read More

Industry Analysis

December 13, 2019 – Holiday Shopping Behaviors Can Vary By Where Consumers Live, Reports NPD

Although online shopping has erased geographic barriers for many consumers, there are still holiday shopping behaviors that differ between urban and rural consumers. Urban consumers in the U.S. plan to spend 33% more on their holiday shopping this year than those in rural areas, and rural consumers are most likely to buy some of the key categories of the season, according to insights from the 2019 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey from The NPD Group. “The growth in online shopping has increased the importance of understanding how a consumer’s location impacts their shopping behaviors,” said Marshal Cohen,... Read More

December 12, 2019 – Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 Helps Drive Third-Biggest Sales Week for Vinyl In Nielsen Era

Record Store Day Black Friday promotions on Nov. 29 helped drive another big win for vinyl album sales — and the largest overall sales week for albums in 2019 — according to Nielsen Music. The data tracking firm reports that 855,000 vinyl albums were sold in the U.S. during the week of Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 — the third-largest sales week for vinyl LPs since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. The only weeks with larger sales were the frames ending Dec.... Read More

December 6, 2019 – Taylor Swift And Billie Eilish Have Made 2019 A Huge Year For Women Selling Vinyl

For years now, one of the most surprising stories in the music industry has been the resurgence of vinyl as a popular musical format. It all but disappeared for decades, but in just a relatively short span of time, many fans have decided they prefer the higher quality audio and that they enjoy owning their favorite albums in a collectible form, and thus vinyl sales have skyrocketed, but only for some acts. Rock musicians primarily pushed this trend,... Read More