US on-demand audio streams up 45% year-on-year in 2018 so far
Nielsen has published its annual mid-year report for the US music market, and while the trends it shows are unsurprising, they will nonetheless be encouraging for a market still celebrating the strong growth (in both consumption...
July 9, 2018
Report claims Spotify and Apple Music each have 20m US subs
Gossip has been bubbling for a while about Apple Music potentially overtaking Spotify in the US for its number of subscribers. Now Digital Music News is claiming that the moment has come. This is based on a single source:...
July 6, 2018
US music bodies welcome progress of Music Modernization Act
The US Music Modernization Act (MMA) has taken its next step towards becoming law, with a unanimous vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve it. Not without changes, however: the National Music Publishers Association...
June 29, 2018
Sirius XM to pay $150m to SoundExchange to settle lawsuits
Could peace and love be returning to the US digital-music ecosystem? Don’t answer that question… But there is a new rapprochement of sorts in the relationship between satellite-radio firm Sirius XM and royalty-collector...
June 12, 2018
Dice rolls with Kanye West album-launch ticketing partnership
Kanye West’s listening events in Brooklyn, Miami and Chicago for his new album ‘Ye’ were understandably focused on the music. But there was a tech aspect too: West’s team and marketing agency 1AM worked with British...
June 11, 2018
Publishers hail ‘critical victory’ over Wolfgang’s Vault
The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) says its members have won a “critical victory” in their nearly-three-year legal battle with the Wolfgang’s Vault website. The site specialises in archive live recordings,...
April 11, 2018
Music Modernization Act officially introduced in the US
We’ve been following plans for the US Music Modernization Act (MMA) for months, but yesterday saw the proposed bill formally introduced in the House of Representatives. Pulled together from three previously-launched...
April 11, 2018
Report claims Apple’s music app has 49.5m users in the US
Research firm Verto Analytics has put out some new numbers comparing Apple Music and Spotify in the US, but it’s important to understand exactly what it’s measuring. And what it isn’t. “This month’s Verto Index...
March 29, 2018
US recorded-music revenues rose 16.5% in 2017 to $8.72bn
US industry body the RIAA has published its figures for recorded-music revenues in 2017, and they show a 16.5% rise in ‘estimated retail value’ to $8.72bn. That represents accelerating growth, after an 11.4% rise in...
March 22, 2018
Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music attract US young adults
Research firm Morning Consult has published the results of its latest survey, of 2,201 American adults, focusing on the music-streaming market. It found that 30% said they have a Pandora “subscription”, while 21% have...
March 21, 2018
Why don’t streaming services know who wrote The Beatles’ songs?
The latest twist in the controversies around ‘notices of intent’ (NOIs) in the US concerns the most famous band of all-time: The Beatles. The Music Tech Policy blog notes, with clear scorn, that Google, Amazon and...
March 19, 2018