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Recent articles by Ed:

Will Warner Music Seize a Window Of Opportunity and Go Public Right Now?

Since early March, when the Warner Music Group decided to delay the initial public offering it had announced the month before, it had seemed as if the company's plans to go public could be derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down economies around the world and plunged asset pricing in most capital markets. → Read More

Sony's Music Operations Post Nearly 40% Gain in Operating Income as Streaming Revenue Surges

Take visual medium/platform out of the equation and Sony's music operations grew 12.4% to ¥157.12 billion yen ($1.441 billion) versus ¥139.8 billion yen ($1.27 billion), largely on the strength of a 26% surge in streaming revenue. → Read More

Country Music Is Enjoying a Streaming Boom During the Pandemic: New Data

"It's the soundtrack of our lives whether our lives are going great or going terribly," explains Pandora head of country Beville Dunkerley. → Read More

Warner Music Revenue Takes a Hit in Pandemic-Impacted Quarter as Streaming Sees 9% Growth

Warner Music Group posted a $74 million net loss on revenues of $1.071 billion for the three-month period ended March 31, versus a net income of $67 million on $1.09 billion in corresponding year-earlier quarter. → Read More

Why Kids' Music Sales and Streaming Growth Appears To Be Declining (It’s Not)

The U.S. market share for children’s music was approaching 1.4% in the first quarter of 2020 until a change in Billboard’s methodology for counting video streams more than halved it → Read More

The Lion King’s Share: No Label Comes Close To Disney In Streaming And Album Sales

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Heads Of The Class: Disney, Concord And The Orchard Dominate The Genre

The O.G. of children’s entertainment and the distributors of the Kidz Bop and “Baby Shark” musical franchises, respectively, accounted for over 75% of the market in the first quarter of 2020 → Read More

ASCAP Revenue and Payouts Both Top $1 Billion (Again) as Focus Turns to Navigating Pandemic

ASCAP collected $1.274 billion in revenue, a 3.83% increase from the $1.1227 billion reported in the prior year; while distributions to songwriters and publishers increased 6.76% to $1.184 billion from $1.109 billion in the prior year. → Read More

How to Reach Fans During Coronavirus: 4 Key Insights From New Nielsen Music/MRC Data Study

The new installment of the Nielsen Music/MRC Data study reveals how music companies can help their artists reach consumers during the pandemic. → Read More

Are Record Labels Immune to the Coronavirus?

Recorded music has been steady so far. But that doesn’t mean the majors are pandemic-proof. → Read More

Senate Passes Supplemental Aid Bill Adding $310B to Small Business Loan Program

Senate on Tuesday voted to pass a bill adding $310 billion to the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 loan program, after the program's initial $349 billion funding pool ran out. → Read More

Newbury Comics in New England, in a Pandemic: 'It Was Scary and Weird How Fast It Turned'

Duncan Browne, director of field operations and business administration of the 28-unit Newbury Comics chain, says the pandemic has "been a whopper of a curveball" for his business. → Read More

New BMI Radio Royalties Revealed Following RMLC Settlement

Details of BMI and the RMLC's rate court settlement first announced in January are now available and show that rates for the 2017-2021 period have increased to 1.78% of revenue, after standard deductions. → Read More

Coronavirus Listener Data: Audio Streams Rebound for Second Week as Video Continues Steady Increase

In the fourth week of the coronavirus-driven economic shutdown of the U.S., the country's overall consumption units were up again as streaming continued to rebound. → Read More

Consumers Willing to Pay More for Streaming During Pandemic, Nielsen Music/MRC Data Finds

How many streaming subscriptions does one person need? According to a new study by Nielsen Music/MRC Data, about a quarter of respondents believe they could use one more. → Read More

Round Hill Music Acquires Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls' Publishing for Estimated $18M

Round Hill Music has acquired the writer and majority co-publishing shares of Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls' songwriting catalog in a deal that sources say cost about $18 million. → Read More

Coronavirus Listener Data: Music Streams & Digital Downloads See Gains as 'Escape' Markets Emerge

After two weeks of streaming declines as Americans stayed glued to cable news, music consumers seem to be comfortably sheltered at home with streams growing 2% to 24.8 billion for the week ended April 2, up from 24.3 billion a week before. → Read More

ASCAP Warns of Immediate ‘Disruption’ in Member Payments Due to Coronavirus

ASCAP has delayed payments scheduled for April 6 until April 28 in a move to ensure quarterly writer payouts are fully funded. → Read More

Here’s What Streaming Looks Like in the Wake of COVID-19

As U.S. coronavirus cases multiplied in mid-March, music streaming declined overall as people turned to TV news and altered their listening habits, but two genres saw real growth → Read More

Kobalt Revenue Up 35% Even as Losses Widened in 2019

The company says it's "aiming for future growth and profitability" and has enough capital to invest in its staff and clients during the coronavirus crisis → Read More