As income from music sales slides, the importance of revenue from touring and merchandise increases. So today, we're debuting The Merchbar Hot Merch Chart on Hypebot. Merchbar pulls together music merchandise – 100,000+ items and growing – from a wide variety of sources for sale on a unified site.
As the summer touring season gets underway the merch landscape shifts – the old standbys like Bob Marley and the Beatles give way to the bands and artists of the moment. Festivals drive awareness of new acts and headliners see bumps well beyond the border of the venues.
May's hottest merch was led by the seminal Dave Matthews Band and their most popular item was their brand new Dave Matthews Hoodie. Lightly tagged with their signature Firedancer icon, the rest of the hoodie highlights the band's roots with a large "Established 1991 – Charlottesville" printed across the back.
The Merchbar Hot Merch Chart tracks the hottest music merchandise selling online. The chart is written and maintained by Merchbar – the best place to discover and buy band merchandise. Want to learn more, including how to submit new merchandise to be tracked? Click here.