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Orchestras Create New Opportunities as the Old World Slowly Fades

Classical music orchestras face many challenges these days. Season subscriptions are dropping and a shift to promoting individual events and exploring alternatives seems to be the order of the day. At this point none of the challenges are a surprise but a number of orchestras are showing they still have some new moves. The Royal Shakespeare ...

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Nielson Survey Shows Music Still Trumps All Forms of Entertainment

Nielsen's Music 360° 2014, an annual study of consumer habits and spending, revealed that 93% of the U.S. population listens to music, spending more than 25 hours each week tuning into their favorite tunes. For hundreds of millions of Americans, this means that music is their top form of entertainment. When surveyed about their activities in the ...

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Urban Outfitters is World's #1 Seller of Vinyl Records

In the last few years, we've seen record stores selling more clothing to survive, but is the globe's top seller of vinyl records really a clothing store? Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is claiming that it is now the world's number one seller of vinyl records. According to a report by Forbes, the claim was made by Urban ...

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Who Still Buys Music in 2014? [infographic]

Even with the plethora of free and almost free music along with the zillion track libraries available to anyone willing to shell out just $5 - $10 a month, there still some people that pay for music. I'm one of those who buys to support my favorite musicians, but who else? MusicWatch with just 10 years ago. ...

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Vinyl Resurgence and Music as an Experience Fuel Return of Physical Music Retail

Are three buzz phrases enough to capture the excitement of anecdotal evidence of retail's return? Maybe so but I think it's truly exciting that the vinyl resurgence has helped fuel both new sales of physical music (especially vinyl and CDs) and the opening of new retail outlets that sell music as part of a larger experience. ...

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The Rise of Indie Streaming

By Peter Getty. Streaming music is a music lover’s dream. We now have access to the work of a wide range of artists, either for free (with ads) or for a small monthly fee. Popular artists are even making money on the model, with heavy rotation with services like Pandora, Beats, and Spotify. For smaller artists, ...

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Slow Growth Ahead for Digital Music, Says New Juniper Study

There's not a lot of good news in a new report from Juniper Research which found that the digital music industry will experience slow growth in revenue over the next 5 years, from $12.3 billion this year to just $13.9 billion in 2019. Strong performance in streaming music will largely be offset by decline in revenues ...

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Here's What 13 to 40 Year Olds Claim About Their Experience of Music

This week the Viacom Music Group released research finding regarding the “Music Experience" of today's 13 to 40 year olds. It's an interesting study with plenty that will be taken out of context leading to confusion (which isn't a bad thing if the confused people are your competitors) and some really interesting points that may not ...

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Music Sales Continue Slide as Streaming Soars, Nielsen Report Shows

Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS has released their analysis of 2014 mid-year U.S. music sales airplay and streaming data for the 6-month period of December 30, 2013 through June 29, 2014. The data, collected from U.S. point-of-sale, radio airplay and music streaming, shows that in the first six months of 2014, sales of albums are down 14.9% ...

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How One Generation Was Single-Handedly Able to Kill the Music Industry

Album sales used to be the favorable metric when calculating an artists success or failure, but with that business model long since out the window, new artists are fighting to stay relevant. Through mobile sharing apps, livestreams, and third party downloading sites, millennials have upped the demand intensely over the last decade. Knowing how to meet ...


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