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TRENDS March 1, 2014

Global Digital Music Market to Grow to $9 Billion in 2014, Says New Study

The digital music market grew 9% in ' 12 and will grow to $9 billion worldwide in 2014.  It's driven by expansion in international and regional music brands and 20%+ smartphone growth in South East Asia, India and Africa. The study, by Mahindra Comviva and Ovum Consulting, predicts that Asia-Pacific digital music markets will approach $450 million and Latin America will top $200 million in 2014. Lean Back vs. Lean ...

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TRENDS February 20, 2014

Jazz study shows link between music and language

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jazz musicians are famous for their musical conversations - one improvises a few bars and another plays an answer. Now research shows some of the brain's language regions enable that musical back-and-forth much like a spoken conversation. It gives new meaning to the idea of music as a universal language. The finding, published ...

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TRENDS January 4, 2014

6 Key Digital Marketing and Music Industry Trends for 2014

By Marcus Taylor, Director at Venture Harbour, from Econsultancy. One of the interesting things about being a digital marketer that specialises in a certain niche is that you get to understand your niche from many different angles. Over the past 12 months I’ve talked to hundreds of music companies; understanding what works, what doesn’t, and where ...

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TRENDS July 25, 2013

Mobile Music Consumption Explodes [infographic]

More and more fans are using smartphones and tablets to consume music on the go. But what have these services meant for consumers' smartphone activities and data plans? This infographic from Citrix ByteMobile offers a glimpse into how the growing preference of music streaming services is contributing music sales and a growing to the “mobile data ...

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TRENDS July 4, 2013

Major Artists Increasingly Opt to Record in Secrecy

By Tom Dillon of Evolver.fm. Recording artists often publicize that they were headed into the recording studio. A web, or more recently, Twitter update sends fans into a tizzy of excitement, even if the band hasn't written or recorded anything yet. In part because digital music makes it possible to release something everywhere in an instant, ...

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TRENDS June 28, 2013

American Millennials: Key Attributes the Music Industry is Ignoring

A new study of the Millennial generation reveals a combination of the expected as well as some insights that may not be so obvious. But, whatever your assumptions, there are two takeaways that suggest the music industry hasn't been fully responding to the opportunities at hand. These involve Millennials' interest in “safer adventures" and their responsiveness ...

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TRENDS June 15, 2013

48% Of UK Adults Listen to Online Radio

48% of adults in the United Kingdom tune in to audio or radio from an online source on a weekly basis, making for a national audience of approximately 25 million, according to recent market research from AudenceNet. The survey of 3,000 UK adults (aged 15 and over) found that the weekly reach of online audio and ...

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TRENDS June 15, 2013

Millennials Use Mobile Music Apps More Often Than Any Other Age Group

Wes Davenport is a music marketer, blogger, and publicist based in Nashville, TN. He writes about ways modern musicians can thrive at wesdavenport.com. Follow him on Twitter @wesdavenport for more music industry insights. How much time do iOS users spend in different kinds of apps? Flurry, a mobile app analytics company, released a that reveals how ...

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TRENDS May 29, 2013

The Future of Direct-to-Fan Marketing

By  Kyle Bylin of sidewinder.fm. Here are two important questions for today's artists and managers: What does the future of direct-to-fan marketing tools and services have in store for us? How will the landscape of these companies and their strategy shift in the coming years? In this interview panel on direct-to-fan marketing, four influential executives and thinkers in ...

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TRENDS May 29, 2013

Roundtable: What the Music Industry Isn't Talking About - And How to Improve Music Curation

By Kyle Bylin of sidewinder.fm. In this interview panel, three influential thinkers in music and tech — David Dufresne (Bandzoogle), Emily White (Whitesmith Entertainment), Frank Woodworth (Thrillcall) — talk about important issues in the music industry, interesting shifts in listener behavior, and how they would improve curation on subcription services. sidewinder.fm: What is an important issue that no one ...

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