Music Investment Quickly Hits $58.4 Million In January…

The music industry: it’s either a casino rife with debaucherous gambling, a field teeming with fertile growth possibilities, or just a really weird place to be right now.  The early-2013 tally was bumped by MusiXmatch, which scored a solid, $3.7 million infusion this week.  Which brings the January tally to $58.4 million, powered by a healthy, Google investment in VEVO (estimated by sources at $50 million).


Actually, that’s softer than a surging January in 2012, when investments topped $65.5 million.  In 2011, that figure was $53.1 million.  And with that, here’s a glance at the last year or so…



28 Responses

  1. Spotify in Sweden
    Spotify in Sweden

    Signs of things to come?

    Sweden music market: 144.8 mil USD

    Spotify: 83.4 mil USD (57.6% of Sweden music market)

    Itunes/Amazon etc…: $9.27 mill USD (6.4%)

    CD: $52.1 mil USD (36%)

    Sweden music market is the biggest it has ever been since 2005. It grew 13.8% from last year

      • Visitor

        “Or positive news regarding Spotify goes unreported?”
        The only good Spotify news would be its obituary.
        May it come soon!

        • Visitor

          Spotify has helped Sweden music industry grow its revenue back to 2004 level. And this in a country where piracy is widespread (home of the Pirate Bay).
          And the music industry in Sweden is GROWING. Up 13.8% from 2011.
          And according to you, this is BAD???

          Source: google article “Swedish music miracle shows it’s time to get our stream-age kick” (not sure I can post the link here).

          • paul

            It’s fine to post links on the board as long as it goes to something legit. Just use the link too (looks like a link chain) in the editor so people can click.

          • Visitor

            I’ve said this before, and I’ll repeat it here:
            I’m an indie artist and I can assure you I would use — and recommend — Spotify if it made any sense.
            But it doesn’t.
            On the contrary.
            Let’s say you’re an independent artist and you have 139 fans. 🙂
            They look for your song on Spotify. They find it, love it and listen to it for free.
            Now, say your song is not on Spotify. Then your fans have three options:
            1) Forget it.
            2) Steal it.
            3) Buy it.
            Make your own guestimate. Mine says that 50% will forget it, 35% will steal it, and 15% will buy it on iTunes.
            Here’s the fact:
            If just one of your 139 fans buys your song, then it is the right decision to stay away from Spotify.
            I understand why consumers would like to have it for free — just like they would prefer to get cars and everything else for free if they could — but Spotify is absolutely worthless from an artist’s point of view.

          • Visitor

            I assume you mean ‘music is meant to be heard’.
            And yes, that’s certainly the idea.
            Just like bread is meant to be eaten — by paying customers.

          • Chris

            And if you have it on Spotify millions can hear it – some may stream it, some may buy it (elsewhere), some may ignore it.
            Can’t really see how you think MILLIONS of fans being able to listen to you is BAD thing?

          • Visitor

            “Can’t really see how you think MILLIONS of fans being able to listen to you is BAD thing?”
            It is a bad thing because services like Pirate Bay, Spotify etc. don’t compensate the artist.
            So the artist has to find another job — which, in turn, obviously means no new music to you.
            That’s a lose-lose situation.
            Again, I can see it from the point of view of the consumer who doesn’t quite know how music is made.
            So, this is what every fan needs to know:
            The hits they love are not made by hobbyists. They are made by professional lyricists, composers, performers, musicians, arrangers, mixing engineers and mastering engineers.
            And every single one of these guys have to be paid.
            If the professional lyricist isn’t paid, you’ll get a tune without words.
            If the professional mastering engineer isn’t paid you’ll get a tune you can’t hear on your audio system of choice.
            If the professional — you get the idea…

        • Visitor

          If Spotify is so bad, why are hundreds of thousands of artists using it? I’m really sick of this “do as I say, not as I do” bullshit that seems the permutate the music business.

          • Visitor

            If Spotify is so bad, why are hundreds of thousands of artists using it?
            Um, perhaps you haven’t noticed but stars are not only leaving — they profit from it!
            Unfortunately, not all artists have the choice because of their labels. But they’ll come around.
            I’m really sick of this “do as I say, not as I do” bullshit that seems the permutate the music business.
            I’m an artist, and I would use Spotify if it made any sense.
            But it doesn’t. So I don’t.
            Hope that made you feel better. 🙂

    • FarePlay

      Wasn’t Abba from Sweden? Does Sweden have a music business or are they just enjoying pigging out on American Music for spare change?

      • Visitor

        Yes, ABBA were Swedish.
        And no, Sweden don’t have any stars of international importance today.
        That’s the price you pay for Swedish inventions like Spotify & Pirate Bay…

      • jw

        Holy cow, what an igorant comment. If they aren’t listening to Swedish music, it must be American? England, South Korea, Germany, etc don’t have international music scenes?
        The US Top 40 landscape was written by Swedish producers. Max Martin, Nadir Khayat, Johan Karl Schuster, etc. Basically any time you don’t have someone like Timbaland or P Diddy or Will.I.Am taking credit for a song, it was probably written &/or produced by a Swedish (or less often Deutch or Norwegian) producer. And you don’t think they make their own music? Most of the hits in Sweden are non-American.
        Beyond that, Lykke Li, Robyn, & Swedish House Mafia are huge internationally. And there’s a number of other Swedish acts that are super recognizable to US fans… Peter Bjorn & John, the Teddybears, the Hives, etc.
        And Mando Diao’s Infruset was one of my very favorite releases last year (I ungdomen was the most beautiful 3 minutes put to tape last year, imo). And it debuted at #1 in Sweden.
        Christ. Google it, man.

        • jw

          Wikipedia this shit, man. The US owes a lot more to Sweden than Sweden owes the US.
          Johan Karl Schuster, better known by the stage name Shellback, is a Swedish songwriter, record producer and musician. Shellback was listed as the #1 producer of 2012 on Billboard Magazine’s year end chart, and he also topped the list of their “Top 10 Songwriters Airplay Chart” the same year. He regularly collaborates with songwriter Max Martin, and together they’ve written “So What”, “Raise Your Glass” and “Fuckin’ Perfect” by Pink, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” by Taylor Swift, “Whataya Want from Me” by Adam Lambert, “3” and “I Wanna Go” by Britney Spears, and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” and “Scream” by Usher, all of which have charted within the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Shellback also co-wrote and produced “One More Night”, “Payphone” and “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, the latter spent eight weeks at #1 on the World Chart.

        • Visitor

          Martin & Shellback produce awesome American music for awesome American stars. Not sure why you think that’s relevant here.

          Sweden is a menace to music, literature and movies these days, and it has not had any internationally important stars since ABBA.
          Go figure…

          • jw

            lol Of course you wouldn’t be sure why I think it’s relevant here.
            You know Ace of Base sold 9 million copies of “The Sign” in the US. You don’t think that’s internationally important?
            Go figure…

          • Visitor

            Ah, you remember them? 🙂
            They stopped making records before Pirate Bay and Spotify.
            Today, Sweden does its best to destroy the international market for music, literature and movies.
            In fact, it’s a miracle nobody stops them. Wars have been fought for considerably less…

  2. Visitor

    “Music Investment Quickly Hits $58.4 Million In January…”
    …and every dollar spent is a dollar lost for the artists.

  3. Bundling is the future
    Bundling is the future

    If the big 4 carriers in the USA bundle music with their wireless plan like Cricket does with Muve Music (1.2 million paying subscribers), it would be the holy grail for the music industry.
    The monthly cost to each subscriber would be $3.
    The music industry would get $2. The carrier gets $1.
    AT&T, Verizion, Sprint and T-Mobile have between them around 280 million paying subscribers.
    280 million paying $2 a month in trade value x 12 months = $6.720 billion TRADE value.
    The TRADE VALUE of recorded music in USA in 2010 is $4.167 billion USD. (2012 is probably under $4 billion).

    If you’re paying $20 a month for unlimited text bundle, why not pay $3 a month for unlimited music downloads bundle?????

    • This would kill CD sales, Itun
      This would kill CD sales, Itun

      If this happen, it would kill CD sales and Itunes sales because overnight over 280 million people would have access to something similar to Muve Music/Spotify/Rhapsody for $3 a month.
      It would caused Pandora stock price to crash.
      It would caused CD sales to plummet.
      It would caused people to stop buying music from Itunes.
      It is a bad thing.

      • Visitor

        “It would cause people to stop buying music from Itunes.
        It is a bad thing.”
        Every dollar paid to any streaming service = a dollar less to the artist = less new music to you…

        • Visitor

          280 million paying $3 a month = $10.08 billion a year in revenue
          Is this more than what CD and digital is selling right now in the USA?


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