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Press Releases

September 12, 2016 – Music Business Association Adds 9 Colleges and Universities to Academic Partnership Program

21 institutions now enrolled, including first international member September 12, 2016 – Following a successful second year, the Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) Academic Partnership Program has added nine colleges and universities to its roster, including its first international member, Australia-based Collarts. This brings the full enrollment to 21 schools and about 1,500 students. The Program provides support and exclusive opportunities – including full Music Biz membership – to schools, faculty members, and students affiliated with music business,... Read More

August 15, 2016 – Music Biz & Mondo.NYC Announce Agenda for Entertainment and Technology Law Conference September 16 in New York City

Event to feature Copyright Office’s new Associate Register of Copyrights Sarang (Sy) Damle; U.S. Representatives Doug Collins, Darrell Issa, and Jerrold Nadler; RIAA’s Cary Sherman; and Audiam’s Jeff Price August 15, 2016 – Mondo.NYC and the Music Business Association (Music Biz) are partnering to host the Entertainment and Technology Law Conference during the inaugural Mondo.NYC summit and festival. The Law Conference will be held on Friday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. ET at New York University’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center in the Richard L.... Read More

July 26, 2016 – Music Business Association Addresses Fundamental Metadata Standards Issue

July 26, 2016 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and its Metadata & Digital Operations Workgroup, in association with DDEX (Digital Data Exchange, LLC), are offering labels and label aggregators a step-by-step guide on how to use the DDEX standard to upload and manage their catalogs on digital retailers. All global music services – including Amazon, Apple, Pandora, Spotify, and more – use a version of the DDEX Release Notification Standard (see for the receipt of data,... Read More

July 12, 2016 – Music Biz/LOOP Study: Millennials Turn from Radio to Embrace Streaming

July 12, 2016 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and data partner LOOP (Lots of Online People) will unveil “Music & Millennials,” the first in-depth report from the member-exclusive Music Biz Consumer Insights portal, today at 2 p.m. ET during the “Music Biz Consumer Insights Powered by LOOP” webinar. Based on a study conducted by LOOP in May 2016 with 3,014 U.S. respondents, the report breaks down a variety of music consumption patterns by age,... Read More

Association Updates

September 26, 2016 – Submit Your Presentation Ideas for Music Biz 2017

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) invites all industry professionals to submit program ideas for Music Biz 2017 to be held Monday, May 15, through Thursday, May 18, at the Renaissance Nashville. Music Biz’s programming aims to include informative sessions that apply to everyone engaged in the business of music, and also provide deep-dive panels and discussions for the following industry players: commercial businesses (stores, streaming services, etc.); major and independent labels and distributors; internet radio services;... Read More

September 23, 2016 – [IN THE NEWS] Playlists ‘more popular than albums

Pop stars Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers have questioned the future of the album – and a new study suggests they could have a point. Playlists are now a more popular way to listen to music than albums, according to the Music Business Association.  ... Read More

September 23, 2016 – [IN THE NEWS] Americans Listening to Playlists Over Albums, Study Finds

More people in the U.S. listen to playlists than albums, according to a new study. The results of the survey by consumer insight group LOOP (Lots of Online People), published by the Music Business Association, showed that playlists accounted for 31% of the total listening time across all demographics, whereas albums only constituted 22%.... Read More

September 22, 2016 – Playlists Overtake Albums in Listenership, Says LOOP Study

September 22, 2016 – Playlists have now surpassed albums as a format for music listening, according to a new study conducted by LOOP (Lots of Online People) and provided to the Music Business Association (Music Biz) for its members. The insight comes from “Music Consumption: The Overall Landscape,” the third in-depth report to be issued via Music Biz Consumer Insights, the interactive, member-exclusive research portal hosted on Based on a May 2016 survey of 3,014 U.S.... Read More

Industry Analysis

September 26, 2016 – 4 Millennial Shopping Trends Your Business Needs To Keep Up With

Millennials already spend about $600 billion annually on retail and as they grow older, with more of the generation entering the workforce, their collective buying power will only increase. In order to lure millennial spending, businesses need to understand how this group shops. While millennials still prefer a brick-and-mortar retail experience over online shopping, this is likely to change in the future.... Read More

September 20, 2016 – 2016 Mid-Year RIAA Shipment and Revenue Statistics

Music Biz President James Donio released the following statement regarding the 2016 Mid-Year RIAA Shipment and Revenue Statistics: “The accelerating momentum of streaming services in the first half of this year has helped yield the largest uptick for the U.S. music industry in nearly two decades, according to the 2016 Mid-Year RIAA Music Shipment and Revenue Statistics report. This translates to an overall revenue increase of 8.1% to $3.4 billion. The growth is led by a 56% year-over-year increase in revenues from streaming music,... Read More

September 19, 2016 – [WEEKLY SALES] Jason Aldean Brings Country Back To #1 On The Charts

Music Biz President James Donio commented on the recent sales figures released by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music: Country music makes its triumphant return to the top of the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week thanks to Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know, which moved 138,000 equivalent album units (including 131,000 in traditional sales). It’s Aldean’s third straight #1 record, kicking off a sales frame rife with new albums.... Read More

September 19, 2016 – Nielsen Music Study: Streaming Usage Up, Hispanics Dominate Live Attendance

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