While streaming and vinyl were both bright spots for the sector, growth in Italy's music market appears to have stalled, growing by just 0.4% in 2016. Overall, the market was worth €149m in 2016, according to figures collected by accounting firm Deloitte for trade association Federation Industria Musicale Italiana, (FIMI).
Ed Sheeran appears to have cracked the streaming music marketing code. Alongside a record breaking debut on Spotify - including smashing first day, one day and other records - his new release "Divide" is finding the same massive success on YouTube.
Following the Friday release of Ed Sheeran’s new album ÷ (‘divide’), he smashed streaming records and stormed the global charts, including almost doubling the previous first day Spotify album streams for an artist. Sheeran is currently the most streamed artist there, with over 45.5m monthly listeners. More stats:
Thomas Alden "Tommy" Page (May 24, 1970 – March 3, 2017) had experienced music industry from every angle. Page started his career with a 1990 hit single "I'll Be Your Everything," but when on to serve as the publisher of Billboard and as an executive at both Warner Music and Pandora. His cohort at Billboard, Bill Werde, remembers his friend.
David Bowie was the only 2X winner at last night's Brit Awards, the biggest show on the UK music calendar. As usual, the evening was filled with surprises. Here are all the nominees and 2017 Brit Award Winners:
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.