Nielsen’s US mid-year stats show audio-streaming slowdown
There are plenty of big numbers contained within Nielsen Music’s latest mid-year report for the US recorded-music market. Covering the first half of 2019, it leads with the news that there were 507bn on-demand streams...
June 28, 2019
Next for music subscriptions: new markets, diversity and rethinking value
The music industry made around $7.1bn from streaming subscriptions in 2018, according to industry body the IFPI. That was 32.9% year-on-year growth, with subscriptions generating 37% of global recorded-music revenues. How...
June 4, 2019
What’s next for smart speakers? Metabait, Antitrust and ‘limitless’ discovery
According to research firm Strategy Analytics, 86.2m smart speakers were shipped in 2018, up from 32m the year before. Meanwhile, rival Canalys reckons that the global install-base will be 207.8m by the end of 2019. Oh, and...
June 4, 2019
Nielsen predicts growth in ‘core fans’ of Latin music in US
Music Ally reported recently on figures from US industry body the RIAA, which showed that the US Latin-music business grew by 18% in 2018, with streaming generating 93% of its revenues. Now research firm Nielsen has been...
April 24, 2019
Global music-streaming: ‘For growth you have to look outside of the Western markets’
Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon may dominate many of the discussions about music-streaming, but there is more to the global streaming market than the biggest players. A strand at Music Ally and Music Biz's NY:LON Connect...
January 22, 2019
Nielsen: Canadian music consumption grew by 21% in 2018
Research firm Nielsen published its 2018 figures for the US recorded-music market earlier this week, but it has also put out some numbers for Canada. The topline stat: total ‘album equivalent audio consumption’ was up...
January 10, 2019
Nielsen releases its figures for US music growth in 2018
BuzzAngle may have come out of the gates first with its estimates for US music consumption in 2018, but now Nielsen – with its official chart-tracking status – has published its own figures. The company says that total...
January 9, 2019
Small businesses “short-changing” artists and labels to the tune of $2.7bn with streaming sleight of hand claims Nielsen study
Forget stream-ripping – this is the new “stream rip off”. Maybe. A new study from Nielsen claims that small businesses like cafes and hairdressers are cheating record labels and artists out of $2.7bn a year by streaming...
October 16, 2018
Nielsen publishes its latest US research on smart speakers
2018 has seen a regular flow of surveys and studies showing the growth of smart-speaker ownership, particularly in the US, which remains the biggest market for these devices.
October 1, 2018
Videos are top digital-music consumption format in India
While MusicWatch is focusing on the US, Nielsen’s latest report turns its attention to India – a country where it claims 94% of the online population listens to music, based on its latest survey. The India Music 360 report’s...
September 12, 2018
Spotify signs up for Nielsen Brand Effect to woo advertisers
Spotify has taken another step to boost its credibility with advertisers, by adding Nielsen Brand Effect to its ‘third-party verification suite’. That means brands spending money with Spotify will be able to get more...
September 11, 2018