ASCAP delays April payments as coronavirus creates ripple effect through music industry finances

The coronavirus pandemic has already had an impact on music consumption and performance around the world. Performing rights organization ASCAP is the latest company to share changes as a result of the disease. President and Chairman Paul Williams told members in an email that the organization is postponing its scheduled April 6 payments to April 28. Continue Reading


Canalys: China expected to drive 2020 growth in smart speaker, smart personal audio shipments

Canalys has published its 2020 outlook for the Internet-of-things industry. It projected that smart speakers, smart personal audio devices, and wearable bands would see a 9.8% increase in shipments for a total of 718 million units during the year. Smart speakers are forecast to see just 1.5% year-on-year growth. Continue Reading


Podtrac March 2020 publisher chart, plus RAIN remix

Podtrac has released its ranking of the top podcast publishers for February 2020. A change is afoot — Podtrac has added five more places to this ranking, making it a top-20 list. Also, the RAIN Remix, to gain insight about how the audience, and streams/downloads, are distributed across number of shows for each publisher. It reshuffles the list considerably. Continue Reading


Research found 32% growth in global music streaming subscriptions, with Spotify in the lead

Counterpoint Research added its own data to the body of research into music streaming. The company found that global online music streaming subscriptions grew 32% on-year during 2019, reaching a total of 358 million. In its data, Spotify was the leading streaming platform last year. Continue Reading