How did your your Record Store Day 2106 purchases stack up against the rest of the country? This year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens “March of the Resistance” was the top selling album on Record Store Day, while Double-Sided by twenty one pilots was the top selling single. Here is the complete Top 25 Album and Singles Charts for Record Store Day 2016:
Today, Saturday April 16th is Record Store Day - a celebration of all that is good about indie record stores and indie music. Despite vinyl sales these stores are struggling and as convenient as it is to stream or download, we need them. They're guides pointing us towards hidden musical gems and gathering places for our tribe of music lovers.
Rather than play by the rules and stick to industry conventions, it has become important for those operating independently within the music business to pursue trends which will allow them greater control over their work. Here we look at three such trends which are expected to gain prominence in the coming year.
Yesterday the IFPI released its Global Music Report 2016 show the first real growth for the music industry in 20 years driven largely by explosive growth in streaming. Here top music industry analyst Mark Mulligan takes a look at the meaning behind the stats.
News that Paul McCartney was taking advantage of a US Copyright Act provision that allows songwriters to reclaim their catalog after 56 years has sent shock waves through the music industry. Imagine the impact on the bottom lines over the next decade as UMG, WMG and Sony lose revenue from hit song after hit song as songwriters exercise their rights.
[UPDATED] I've written about the effects and promise of the digital revolution on musicians and the music industry for almost a decade. But yesterday, separate announcements from Pandora, PledgeMusic and Bandsintown combined to make it the most memorable day in independent music since the launches of CD Baby and Tunecore.