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November 17, 2021 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — The “Human Side” of Music Data Processing & Rights Administration: Working at The MLC with Leigh McCorkle, Chief People Officer

The passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) in 2018 led to the formation of what is becoming an important fixture in the modern industry: The Mechanical Licensing Collective. The organization has been tasked with collecting, tracking and paying royalties to the rightful creators & copyright owners, and administering blanket licenses for U.S. streaming & download platforms. At the heart of this highly technical data collection and payment processing is a team dedicated to ensuring that artists are fairly compensated,... Read More

October 26, 2021 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Music Discovery Outside of Streaming Services: An Interview with Linkfire’s Carlo Biagioni

With the rise of streaming and fast adoption among consumers, the demand for new music is greater than ever before. Every second a new song is uploaded to a streaming service, and millions of dollars are spent on helping fans discover new songs and artists. Discovery happens not only on the streaming platforms, but also across social networks, websites, blogs, and apps—basically wherever fans engage around music. In this chat with Carlo Biagioni, Head of Channel Partnerships for Linkfire,... Read More

June 16, 2021 – Music Business Association Welcomes Fisk University As First HBCU Academic Partner

Fisk to receive educational resources as part of partnership,as Music Biz builds on its commitment to diversify the music industry June 16, 2021 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is proud to announce the addition of Nashville, TN-based Fisk University to its Academic Partnership program — the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to join the Association. First opened in 1866, Fisk is the oldest higher education institution in Nashville, and is ranked #6 among historically Black universities according to U.S.... Read More

Member Updates

November 24, 2021 – Music Biz Member Spotify Relaunches Spotify Charts Site With Expanded Charts & Resources

Spotify has relaunched its Spotify Charts website to include additional resources for artists and listeners. New features on the site include weekly charts, chart data, and songwriter credits. New charts such as Artist Charts track the global performance of the top 200 artists, while Genre Charts follow the weekly top 200 songs across 17 genres. Local Pulse Charts highlight uniquely popular songs in individual cities. Artists and listeners can utilize Chart Data to view chart entry dates,... Read More

November 24, 2021 – Music Biz Members Twitch and UnitedMasters Launch The Collective Livestream Incubator

Twitch and UnitedMasters have partnered to launch The Collective, a livestream incubator for music creators. This invite-only program will focus on growth, networking and education by offering resources from the Twitch music team, Discord, and industry mentors. Upon completion of the program, creators will have learned how to build engaged communities and monetize their reach on Twitch. Artists will also be eligible for prioritized discovery, promotion, and activations from Twitch, Rolling Stone, and Amazon Music. Applicants will be selected by the Twitch Music team for the program launching in January 2022.... Read More

November 23, 2021 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Group Launches WMX Next-Gen Services Division

Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced the launch of WMX — a centralized, next-generation services division that will establish creative ways of connecting artists with their fans and bolstering new brand opportunities. The division will specialize in creating cross-channel, “always on” marketing campaigns designed to grow global fan bases through all available avenues: merch & vinyl sales, music streaming, ticketing, gaming & tech collaborations, and beyond. WMX also encompasses WMG’s media & creative arm, as well as a rebranded WEA commercial services &... Read More

Industry Analysis

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

September 13, 2021 – RIAA Releases Mid-Year 2021 U.S. Music Revenues Report

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today released their comprehensive mid-year music revenues report, showcasing a 27% increase for the first half of 2021 for a total retail value of $7.1 billion. Paid music subscriptions accounted for nearly two-thirds of total revenue in this time, with the number of subscriptions surpassing 80 million. Vinyl record revenues continue to grow despite the challenges in production, shipment and retail sales caused to the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing 94% to reach $467 million in H1 2021.... Read More