"Someone has to listen and help make a final decision if an artist, a song or a recording is “right” to move forward with and be released. I’ve been very fortunate in that I have spent many years in that type decision making process. It’s a serious responsibility and not to be taken lightly. This is not  something you can go to college to learn. One has to have “ears”, instincts, a gut feeling, and today,  know that varying “data” is a critical piece of the puzzle. I do believe though that eventually “it all  begins with the music”.
 

The World's Highest-Paid Women In Music 2017

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Shortly after Adele took home the Grammy award for Album of the Year in February, she broke it in half--with the intention of physically sharing it with Beyoncé, the internet concluded—in recognition of the latter's Lemonade. But Queen Bey won an even more valuable distinction outright: she's this year's highest-paid woman in music, pulling in a whopping $105 million pretax.

Lemonade was a hit with both critics and fans, giving Beyoncé her sixth solo No. 1. The ensuing Formation World Tour, much of it falling into our list's scoring period, grossed a quarter of a billion dollars. Then she took time off as she and husband Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir this summer. Adele finished second, earning $69 million, boosted by seven-figure nightly grosses on her first proper tour since 2011.

"Adele’s music appeals to listeners of all ages all over the world with her undeniably powerful, emotional vocal interpretations paired with timeless songwriting and production," says multiplatinum singer-songwriter Skylar Grey. "No matter what genre someone generally subscribes to, it’s hard to find a music lover who doesn’t appreciate what she does."

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Report: Hip-Hop/R&B Is The Dominant Genre In The U.S. For The First Time

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While it is no longer surprising to state that streaming, in general, is altering the music business, certain kinds of music now have power like never before because of this new model. 

Nielsen Music recently released its annual mid-year report, which takes a look at how the music industry is doing halfway through the year and lists which songs and albums are performing the best. This time around, the report revealed some fairly unsurprising stats, including the fact that streaming is still exploding,  Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” is the most popular track and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is the album that the American public simply can’t get enough of.  All of those could have been predicted, but there is one standout piece of information embedded in the document that is somewhat shocking.

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Nielsen 360 Study Finds Consumers Love Streaming Music, But Radio Still Strong

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Consumers are flocking to music, with streaming becoming the preferred channel of choice. The latest study from Nielsen Music shows 90 percent of the population listens to music and that, on average, they do so 32.1 hours a week. That's up from 86 percent in the prior annual study, when listening time averaged 26.6 hours a week.

The study, Nielsen Music 360 2017 U.S. Report, also finds that people on average spend $156 annually on music, with live performances snaring the greatest percentage of that. In the prior year, consumers spent on average $153.

Of that, live performances accounted for 54 percent; buying CDs, LPs, downloads and music gift cards totaled 29 percent; streaming 9 percent and satellite radio 8 percent.

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“Money doesn’t talk, it swears.” 
― Bob Dylan

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With Dan Kimpel, my co-writer of our book “It All Begins With The Music”. From the photo session for the book cover.