Music Industry

Published on February 23rd, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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How big is streaming for the major labels? VERY big.

I love when data gets crunched in ways that help us visualize what would otherwise be unvisualizable. (Is that even a word?)

Music Business Worldwide dug into the financial results of the three major labels–Universal, Sony, and Warner–and determined that on average, they brought in US$19 million a day in streaming revenues. That’s about US$800,000 an hour.

Universal, the biggest of the three, got bigger in 2018. Streaming revenues increased by a whooping US$864 million over where the company finished in 2017. That means on average Universal saw an additional US$2.4 million in streaming money every day.

It wasn’t that long ago that the labels had to be dragged into the streaming age screaming bloody murder. But times chance, right?

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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