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YTD U.S. Music Report/BuzzAngle Music




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• Overall music consumption for 2017 YTD was up 9.9% over 2016 YTD (293.0 million project units in 2017 YTD vs. 266.6 million album project units in 2016 YTD).

• Song Consumption for 2017 YTD was up 29.5% over 2016 YTD (1.5 billion song project units in 2017 YTD vs. 1.2 billion song project units in 2016 YTD).

• Audio streams reached 179.8 billion, up 58.5% over 2016 YTD.

• Subscription streams grew 69.3% and accounted for 78.6% of total audio streams in 2017 YTD, up from 73.6% in 2016 YTD.

• Overall album sales were down 13.9% compared to 2016 YTD (74.0 million in 2017 YTD vs. 86.0 million in 2016 YTD).

• Digital album sales in 2017 YTD were down 24.3% over the previous year (34.5 million in 2017 YTD vs. 45.6 million in 2016 YTD). Digital album sales accounted for 46.6% of all album sales in 2017 YTD, down from 53.0% over 2016 YTD.

• Physical album sales were down 2.1% (39.6 million in 2017 YTD vs. 40.4 million in 2016 YTD). Physical album sales accounted for 53.4% of all album sales in 2017 YTD, up from 46.9% over 2016 YTD.

• Vinyl album sales were up 20.4% over 2016 YTD while CD album sales were down 3.9%. Vinyl albums accounted for 4.9% of all physical album sales, up from 3.5% in 2016 YTD.

• Song sales (downloads) in 2017 YTD were down 23.8% compared to 2016 YTD (313.3 million in 2017 YTD vs. 410.9 million in 2016 YTD).

• In 2016, total on-demand streams never broke 10 billion for one week. During the first half of 2017, the average number of total on-demand streams per week is 10.8 billion with the highest streaming week being the week of 4/21/17 with 11.8 billion streams.

• The artist with the most streams during the first six months of the year was Drake with 3.7 billion streams and the song with the most streams for the first half of 2017 was Bad and Boujeeby by Migos with 711.3 streams.

• The most streamed album during the first half of the year was More Life by Drake with 1.8 billion streams.

• Total album sales (combining CD & vinyl) on Record Store Day 2017 (4/22/17) at Independent Music Stores were up 6% compared to Record Store Day 2016 (4/16/16).

• Vinyl album sales on Record Store Day 2017 (4/22/17) at Independent Music Stores were up 14% compared to Record Store Day 2016 (4/16/16).

• The biggest week for vinyl album sales in 2017 so far was the week of April 21st, the same week as Record Store Day with more than 224,000 vinyl albums sold.

• The biggest selling cassette album in 2017 so far is Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 with 3,934 sales. The top 3 selling cassette albums for the first six months are all Guardians of the Galaxy album mixes.

Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller” STILL Making History and Breaking NEW Records 35 Years After Release


radiofacts.comThe King of Pop Keeps Making History & Breaking Records!

Michael Jackson's Thriller Is First Album Certified by the RIAA With More than 33 Million in US Sales & Streams and Remains the Only Album Ever to Have RIAA 30X + Diamond Status & the Best-Selling Album of All Time, Topping 105 Million in Sales Worldwide “Another Thriller milestone,” says RIAA Michael Jackson's Bad Certified RIAA 10X Diamond in Recognition of US Sales & Streams of Over 10 Million Michael Jackson's Thriller has become the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 33x Diamond for United States sales and streams, it was announced by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment).  Thriller is still the ONLY album ever to have surpassed the RIAA’s 30x million mark in U.S. sales. “Thirty five years later, Michael Jackson's ‘Thriller’ remains as timeless and iconic as ever,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “‘Thriller’ has now become the first and only album to achieve an RIAA 33X Diamond Award, a moment forever etched in Gold & Platinum Program history. Congratulations on another ‘Thriller’ milestone.” The same day as Thriller's record-breaking certification, Michael Jackson's Bad has also achieved RIAA 10x Diamond Award status in recognition of United States sales and streams of 10 million units. With sales now topping more than 105 million copies worldwide, Thriller has solidified its status as the best-selling album of all-time while Michael Jackson's overall worldwide record sales exceed the 1 billion threshold. During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson released 13 No.1 singles and became one of only a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as the World's Top-Selling Album of All Time. His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans. PHOTO - Executives from Sony Music Entertainment and the Estate of Michael Jacksons were in Los Angeles in a special plaque presentation honoring the most recent RIAA Gold & Platinum Program milestones achieved by Thriller and Bad.  Featured in the photo left to right are:  Doug Morris (Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music), Rob Stringer (Chairman & CEO, Columbia Records), John Branca (Co-Executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson), Richard Story (President, Commercial Music Group),   Antonio "L.A." Reid (Chairman & CEO, Epic Records), and Karen Langford (Estate of Michael Jackson). (PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin
Blubrry Partners with StreamGuys to Expand Audiences for Podcasters

Blubrry Partners with StreamGuys to Expand Audiences for Podcasters

Radio Facts: podcast-header1Podcasting pioneer Blubrry has partnered with StreamGuys to enable podcasters to expand their audience and reach through internet radio streaming. Leveraging powerful tools from StreamGuys' SaaS toolset, the new Podcast2Radio option lets Blubrry customers effortlessly convert podcasts into linear internet radio streams delivered to new audiences through StreamGuys' cloud-­based content delivery network. This increased distribution is complemented by rich analytics and statistics from StreamGuys that help Blubrry users measure and track their growing listener base. The Podcast2Radio service provides a powerful new medium for distribution of podcasters' already-produced content, expanding reach to internet radio listeners across an even broader range of consumer devices and platforms. StreamGuys' alliances with internet radio aggregation directories such as TuneIn and SHOUTcast further the field of prospective listeners, and increase opportunities for podcasters' content to be found. "As more content producers adopt on­-demand podcast distribution, it becomes harder for podcasters to be discovered and grow their audiences," said Jonathan Speaker, COO of StreamGuys. "With the Podcast2Radio service, podcasters can massively increase their distribution and multiply their exposure without any additional effort." "This partnership makes it exceptionally easy for customers to instantly extend their reach through internet streaming," said Todd Cochrane, CEO of Blubrry parent company RawVoice. "StreamGuys' robust, cloud­-based infrastructure meets the high standards for reliability and scalability that our customers demand, while its extensive analytics capabilities bring additional value to our customers." Taking advantage of the new Podcast2Radio offering is straightforward for Blubrry customers. Once users sign up for the service through the Blubrry portal, it automatically turns their latest podcasts into looping, continuous, linear streams through a specialized configuration of StreamGuys' Remote Encoder Lite high­-quality, multi-­format encoding software. As new podcasts are added to customers' RSS feeds, Podcast2Radio automatically adds them to the internet radio stream in place of older content without manual user intervention. StreamGuys will also provide its SGmon live monitoring service, giving podcasters granular metrics about concurrent listeners, and weekly SGreports emails with detailed statistics including unique listeners, geographic location and listening duration. Such data is invaluable to podcasters, particularly those looking to monetize their content by offering advertising opportunities to potential sponsors.

CBS Local Digital Media’s Audio AdCenter Creates Turnkey Tool For Small Businesses

Radio Facts: big seanCBS RADIO today announced Audio AdCenter, a new and affordable tool developed by CBS Local Digital Media, to help advertisers purchase online audio advertising on some of the nation’s most listened to radio stations. This innovative, self-serve platform enables small businesses to promote and target their products and services to CBS RADIO’s stable of online and mobile radio listeners with customized messaging and creative copy. Audio AdCenter makes buying and crafting streaming audio ads effortless for local businesses who can choose to reach listeners of one or more of CBS RADIO’s 125 online streams from station’s located in top markets across the country, including all of the Top 10. Formats include news, sports, talk, and music of interest to a broad range of demographics and lifestyles. By following the on-screen prompts, advertisers can create a campaign that meets the diverse objectives and needs of their company, at the click of a button. 30-second advertisements can be purchased to run during specific times of day with a frequency set by the client. “Our online and mobile audiences are particularly engaged and active listeners, making it a perfect environment for an advertiser,” said Anton Guitano, Chief Operating Officer, CBS Local Media. “We’re excited to offer this proven marketing opportunity to small business owners, and establish an additional resource for CBS RADIO to monetize its exclusive content.” Added Ezra Kucharz, President, CBS Local Digital Media, “Streaming audio is a very effective form of advertising and does not have to be limited to the companies with the biggest budgets. With Audio AdCenter, business owners can align themselves with the most trusted radio brands with millions of listeners between them to choose from.” Customization features of Audio AdCenter include: · the option to choose from a library of over 2,000 audio ads, or create your own; · pick the city, station and daypart during which the ad runs; · select a personalized bronze, silver, gold or platinum level package based on price and reach; · determine the start date and how long the campaign will remain active.