Early digital sales numbers from Nielsen show the usual bump from Grammy performances. But increases varied. A stellar performance almost always provides a boost, but does Adele's "Hello" and Beyonce's "Lemonade" rising 308% and 267% respectively vs. Maren Morris's 910% increase for "My Church" reflect a more resonate performance or just discovery by a wider audience?
In December we heard that Apple Music had 20 million subscribers. 2 months later they are "well passed" that number, Apple senior executive Eddie Cue shared on stage at yesterday's ReCode conference. Cue said that Apple is not satisfied with that number and sees room for "“exponential" growth. Then Cue shared some insights into Apple Music's exclusive music strategy.
Drake was the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2016 according to the IFPI , driven by the success of his fourth album, Views, which was released last year. Drake is the fourth recipient of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award which reflects worldwide sales across physical and digital formats, including downloads and streams.
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Veteran label executive Gregg Nadel has been named as President of Atlantic Record Group's Elektra Records. Nadel, who has been General Manager of Elektra for the past two years, is a twenty-year veteran of the Atlantic records team and most recently served as General Manager of Elektra, stepping in after the departure of Jeff Castelaz.
The U.K. recording industry’s top contest, the BRIT Awards will be held Feb. 22nd at London's O2 Arena. The awards reshaped its voting panel after the 2016 show was rocked by controversy over the lack of black nominees. Here is a full list of 2017 Brit Awards nominees:
"The music industry can really fuck you up," writes David Emery, VP Global Marketing Strategy at Kobalt Label Services in this important essay/how to guide. "It’s all well and good to talk about it ... (but) breaking it down into some small things that might make working in the music industry slightly less likely to cause more stress than it really needs to."