The 2018 Grammy Awards delivered a 5.9 rating among adults 18-49 with 19.81 million total viewers. That’s down 24% in both adults 18-49 and overall viewers vs. last year. It’s the lowest 18-49 rating the Grammys have ever recorded and the least watched edition since 2009.
A final confirmation of an arbitration award of $1,036,773 to lead singer Amy Lee and her band Evanescence ends a three-year dispute initiated by former manager Andrew Lurie of 110 Management for alleged unpaid commissions.
The 2018 Grammy Awards saw Bruno Mars take home all six awards that he was nominated for including the trifecta of Song, Record and Album Of The Year, and Jay Z, the most nominated artist of the night, go home empty handed. Judging from the nominations, this should have been rap and hip hop's big year at the Grammys, but Mars forgot to get the message.
Billboard has named its 2018 Power 100 list of the executives driving the music industry. There is only one women named in the Top 25 in a standalone role, and just four more share billing in an otherwise all male team. While reflective of the industry, the list seems particularly tone deaf appearing on the same day that the trade magazine reported a new study of the " Major Lack of Representation by Women in the Music Industry."
[UPDATED] It's shaping up to be a very interesting year for the Grammy Awards, with the current crop of nominees (finally) among the most diverse ever. Jarrod Goldner of Music Audience Exchange offers his predictions for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held this Sunday, January 28th. CBS will broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
[UPDATED] Each week Pandora shares highlights from its Trendsetters Chart. Compiled using data obtained from Next Big Sound, this chart shows the top 20 artists listeners have been using to create the highest number of stations from over the past week, and reflects which up-and-coming artists are currently trending on the platform.
In this Q&A style interview, Jo Morris talks about their work at Beggars Group, a group of labels including 4AD, Matador, and Rough Trade, as well as their work with messenger bots and how artists can use messenger bots in their digital marketing strategy.
Latin music superstar Enrique Iglesias has filed a lawsuit against his former label, accusing them of underpaying streaming royalties. According to the suit, filed in a Miami on Wednesday, Iglesias alleges that UMG paid him a small fraction of his 50% royalty rate due for music streamed online and is owed millions in unpaid royalties.
Spotify has 70 million paid subscribers plus tens of millions more ad-supported users. But as a deeply unprofitable company, its future is far from certain. That has many in both the music industry and Wall Street investors worried, as the music streamer inches closer to its first public stock offering.
YouTube launched Official Artist Channels last year to make it easier for fans to find content from their favorite artists by uniting official videos, live performances, individual songs and albums all under one channel. YouTube has now announced the mandatory consolidation of all an artist’s subscribers under an Official Artist Channel.
Spotify, which accounts for an estimated 17% of all major label revenue, has rejuvenated the music industry. But it's own revenue future is far murkier. Spotify, like its competitors, is loosing hundreds of millions each year. And while an eminent public stock listing will replenish reserves, eventually the streamer must become profitable.
Three protégés of legendary music manager Howard Kaufman have joined together to form CSM Management with offices in Nashville and Los Angeles. The team includes Craig Fruin, Sheryl Louis and Mike Kobayashi, who each come to CSM with decades of wide ranging experience at HK Management.
In this extensive piece, Dean Olivet breaks down each song from 2017 that successfully hit the Billboard Top 5, looking at the compilation and structure of each chart topper and providing some technical insight on what made each one a success.
As an independent artist with his own record label Stormzy has amassed 4.8 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Four of his songs have been streamed 40 million times each or more, with "Shut Up" passing 71 million plays. Now he's signed to a major label taking his indie label mates with him.
Fortune Magazine has released its annual list of the World’s Most Admired Entertainment Companies. While there are many awards ranking companies, climbing this list is particularly meaningful since it’s determined by 4,000 entertainment executives, analysts, company directors and experts. Only one music company made the list.
Here's why it took so long.
“Once again the NME readers have shown just how switched on, diverse and exciting their tastes are in coming up with these shortlists, which themselves highlight what an amazing twelve months it’s been for music," NME Editor Mike Williams said in a statement.
As the music business has changed, so too has the process by which artists sign a 'record deal'. Here Justin M. Jacobson looks at the legal infrastructure artists must have in place in order to make sure they can actually sign to a label.
Pete Ganbarg has been promoted to the newly created position of President of A&R for Atlantic Records, based in NYC. He will also continue to oversee A&R for Atlantic, as well as its subsidiary labels, including Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner.
With 2017 already having been a busy and reformative year for the music industry, 2018 looks to be headed in a similar direction. Here we visit three important factors which will have a major effect on the industry in the coming year.
As it adapts to the shifting landscape for recorded music, WEA, Warner Music Group’s global distribution, marketing and sales division, is reportedly offering buyouts to 130 employees who deal with physical product.
Ed Sheeran may be credited as a writer of Tim McGraw’s new duet with Faith Hill, but two Aussies claim in a federal complaint that the ballad is a shameless ripoff of a song they penned in 2014.
[UPDATED] In a financial guidance released ahead of a full financial disclosure in mid-February, Vivendi confirmed fourth-quarter momentum at its Universal Music Group division, which it says will meet a full year guidance of 10% revenue growth and EBITA of close to 20%.
Massive music database Discogs analyzed it's community's collections to determine the most collected releases, including reissues, of 2017 across the most popular genres and styles within the Discogs Database. Internationally, Queens Of The Stone Age's 'Villains', Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.', and Gorillaz's 'Humanz' are amongst collectors top additions; while Punk-Metal band Converge land three releases in Hardcore.
[UPDATED] With the rise of streaming, the job of producer has declined to a much less lucrative position, as many producer deals are built around physical sales. Atlantic Records has found a way to cut into this limited revenue further, however, by retitling some albums as 'mixtapes' or 'compilation albums,' writes Bobby Owsinski.
Prominent music trade groups and other organizations representing U.S. music publishers, record labels, songwriters, composers, artists and performance rights organizations (PROs) today announced their united support for key pieces of pending music legislation.