55% of 2018 Grammy Nominations Went to Indie Artists


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The 2018 Grammy nominations have again recognized the importance of independent music.

The independent music label sector accounts for about 37% of U.S. recorded music sales market, based on copyright ownership; but independent artists made up 55% of all 2018 Grammy nominations in the non-producer and non-spoken word categories.

In the Jazz,  92% of the artists nominated were on independent labels. In the American Roots and Composing/Arranging categories, 80% were indie.

"Independent music is doing better than ever with a record global market share of 37.32% according to Billboard. Last year more than two-thirds of Grammy nominations were independent releases. Independent music’s authenticity, vitality, and genre diversity ensure its keystone role in the recording industry and American culture. A2IM thanks the Recording Academy and its members for its inclusiveness.” says A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess.



Diddy, Beyonce, & Drake Top Forbes' Highest-Paid Musicians of 2017 List


That Diddy reign just won't let up. Forbes released its annual Highest-Paid Musicians of 2017 list, and Diddy has once again been crowned the highest-paid artist of the year, with Beyoncé, Drake, The Weeknd and Coldplay trailing behind. 

Four black artists lead the pack on this year's list compared to last year's roundup, where Taylor Swift ($170 million) took the top spot as One Direction ($110 million), Adele ($88 million), Madonna ($76.5 million) and Rihanna ($75 million) followed suit. 



IFPI Global Music Report 2017

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The global recorded music market grew by 5.9% in 2016, the highest rate since IFPI began tracking the market in 1997, according to the IFPI Global Music Report 2017, released today. Total revenues for 2016 were US$15.7 billion.

At the end of 2016 there were 112 million users of paid music streaming subscriptions driving year-on-year streaming revenue growth of 60.4%. Digital income last year accounted for half the global recorded music industry’s annual revenue for the first time. Growth in streaming more than offset a 20.5% decline in downloads and a 7.6% decline in physical revenue. Streaming is helping drive growth in developing music markets, with China (+20.3%), India (+26.2%) and Mexico (+23.6%) seeing strong revenue growth.


The Most Streamed Artists On Spotify Might Surprise You


Spotify just released its list of most streamed artists for 2017, and while many are household words, the extent of their popularity might surprise you. For instance, Ed Sheeran was the platform’s top streaming artist with over 6.3 billion streams this year, dethroning Drake who was number one in 2015 and 2016. Rihanna was the top streaming female artist for the third year in a row, while Ed Sheeran was the top streaming male artist.

Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ surpassed Drake’s ‘One Dance’ to become the most popular song ever on Spotify with over 1.4 billion streams. His album ÷ (Divide) racked up over 3.1 billion streams on the service, making it the top streaming album of the year.

If you were in a big band and decided to go solo, it was a good year, with Camila Cabello, Harry Styles and Liam Payne all having big releases and loads of streams, which landed them on the Breakout Artist list.





I don't know what's more embarrassing, these musicians and actors talking about politics in interviews or the media actually giving them credibility about it. It's absurd that a celebrity could speak out on the economy or politics with no more justification than a hit album or a movie. 




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