January 2018


U.S. Vinyl Album Sales Hit Record High in 2017

Once again, yearly vinyl album sales have hit another Nielsen Music-era record high, as the con gurationsold 14.32 million (up 9 percent) in 2017. That’s up from the previous one-year high, registered in 2016 with 13.1 million. 

Nielsen Music’s 2017 tracking year ran from Dec. 30, 2016 through Dec. 28, 2017. Numbers in this story are rounded. Nielsen Music began electronically tracking music sales and data in 1991 (so a reference in this story to the “Nielsen-era” means from 1991 to the present). 

2017 marks the 12th straight year of growth in vinyl album sales. The format continues to increase in sales as more new and classic albums are issued on vinyl, promotion from retailers like Amazon, UrbanOufitters and Barnes & Noble, as well as annual vinyl-oriented celebrations like Record Store Day. 



Music Consumption Up for Third Straight Year

For a third consecutive year, overall music consumption grew—this time by 12.8%—according to data compiled by BuzzAngle. Obviously, streaming was the key factor in the boost as the number of streams approached 400 billion in 2017.

Music streams were up 50% over 2016 to 377b streams. Subscription streams represent 80% of total audio streams.

With a daily average of 1.67b streams, there were more than twice as many streams on any given day during 2017 then there were song downloads for the year, 563.7 million. Album sales were down 14.6%; song sales dipped 23.2%. Taylor Swift’s reputation (BMLG) was the top digital seller with 866k digital sales.



Scott Borchetta’s ‘The Launch’ Debuts, Hours Later Winner Has #1 Hit

Big Machine Label Group boss Scott Borchetta is hoping to breath new life into the television talent show genre with a brand new show “The Launch” that he’s developed with Bell Media, Eureka, and Insight Productions.  The show, which premiered on Canada’s CTV on Jan 10th, will feature a new format where a group of unsigned and aspiring musicians attempt to create a new original song mentored by a panel of internationally renowned artists.

“The Lucky Ones” by Canadian artist Logan Staats immediately was serviced to radio stations across Canada and was made available to buy or stream worldwide on iHeartRadio, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. #TheLaunch was the top trending topic on Twitter in Canada throughout the premiere and into the morning.



‘Dock of the Bay’ at 50:  Why Otis Redding’s Biggest Hit Almost Went Unheard

“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” was released 50 years ago Monday, less than a month after Otis Redding died at the age of 26. The song was a departure for the R&B superstar — and it almost never saw the light of day. “Otis had had a throat operation in the fall that year, and he was very worried about whether he would be able to sing again — and sing like Otis,” biographer Mark Ribowsky says. “He needed to sort of make it quieter, make it more poetic. And he came up with this song.”

The song was an experiment: It wasn’t R&B, itwasn’t rock, it wasn’t folk. At least one executive at Redding’s label, Stax, didn’t get it. “Al Bell heard it being recorded that day and said, ‘I don’t know if we can ever release this song,’ ” Ribowsky says. They left the recording incomplete that winter. Then, tragedy struck: Redding died in a plane crash on Dec. 10, 1967. While the music world mourned, Stax began planning.


Video of the Week

SOFI TUKKER – Best Friend feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno

Artist Quote


“I’ve never been able to sit round on my own and play drums, practice in the back room, never been able to. I’ve always played with other musicians. It’s how I play, there’s no joy for me in playing on my own, bashing away. I need a bass, a piano, guitar, whatever, and then I can play.”

– Ringo Starr



 #1 single “When I See You Smile” in 1989.

Neil Schon, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronovo, Ricky Phillips and John Waite.

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