Music shapes our identities and changes our lives. It brings back our memories and stirs up our emotions. My Song Stories asks music professionals and indie artists questions about the songs in their libraries. Today, Brian Popowitz, the General Manager of Black Box, a music marketing agency, shares the artists and songs that have impacted his life and career.
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: