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This infographic shows the reality of today’s music business: billions of streams, each one requiring precise metadata and tracking, that pay fractions of a cent to rights holders and even less to creators. We’re not in a transition of dollars to pennies. Today’s digital music business is collecting as many fractions of pennies as possible.


Via Billboard

According to App Annie, which tracks the app stores in each country daily, US iPhone users have downloaded the top 10 apps of all time the most, but Japanese users account for the most revenue earned for game downloads. App Annie also said Apple’s Pages app is the only app on the list that doesn’t have a free version or in-app purchases (meaning it made all its revenue from people buying the app). Facebook-owned apps accounted for 40% of the most downloaded apps, a week after the company announced 1 billion people accessed the social network in a single day. Facebook also happens to be the only app in the top downloads chart that’s lasted since the initial launch of the App Store in 2008.

Game downloads

Game Release date
Candy Crush Saga November 2012
Fruit Ninja April 2010
Angry Birds December 2009
Subway Surfers May 2012
Despicable Me June 2013
Clash of Clans June 2012
Temple Run August 2011
Angry Birds Rio March 2011
Temple Run 2 January 2013
Words With Friends July 2009

App downloads

App Release date
Facebook July 2008
Facebook Messenger August 2011
YouTube September 2012
Instagram October 2010
Skype March 2009
WhatsApp May 2009
Find My iPhone June 2010
Google Maps December 2012
Twitter October 2009
iTunes U January 2012

Games by revenue

Game Release date
Clash of Clans June 2012
Candy Crush Saga November 2012
Puzzle & Dragons February 2012
Game of War — Fire Age July 2013
Monster Strike September 2013
Hay Day June 2012
Boom Beach March 2014
Slotomania November 2011
Big Fish Casino August 2012
The Simpsons: Tapped Out February 2012

Apps by revenue

App Release date
Pandora July 2008
LINE June 2011
Zoosk January 2010
Pages April 2010
Spotify July 2011
Badoo November 2010
Skype March 2009
MLB.com At Bat October 2008
Grindr March 2009
LINE PLAY November 2012

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Fetty Wap just misses charting three simultaneous top 10s, as “My Way” drops 8-11, after reaching No. 7. His “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, and “Trap Queen” rank at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. Still, three hits in the top 11 at once is impressive: he’s the first artist to boast three concurrent hits that high, all as a lead act, since Ariana Grande a year ago; on the Aug. 30, 2014, chart, her “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, zoomed 18-4, “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, dipped 6-7 and “Bang Bang,” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, dropped 9-10.

The last solo male with three songs in the top 11 at the same time, all with lead billing, prior to this week? Chris Brown, on May 10, 2008. Fetty Wap joins Brown and Usher as the only solo males to achieve the feat in the Hot 100’s 57-year history. He’s the first male soloist to do so with his first three chart entries.

And, amazingly, only one other act overall had charted three concurrent songs in the Hot 100’s top 11 with its first three charted titles, all as a lead: the Beatles. On the Hot 100 dated March 14, 1964, in fact, the Fab Four’s first three hits on the chart monopolized the top three: in order from the top, the iconic singles “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “Please Please Me.”

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Elvis Presley earns his 53rd top 40 album on the Billboard 200 chart (dated Sept. 5) as the new compilation Elvis Forever debuts at No. 11. The set, sold exclusively through the U.S. Postal Service, is Presley’s highest-charting album since 2003, when Elvis: 3nd to None peaked at No. 3. The debuting album was released in conjunction with the promotion of Presley’s new commemorative stamp.

The new Presley set is sold only as a CD through the Postal Service’s website and brick-and-mortar locations, and bows with 27,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 20, according to Nielsen Music. The entirety of that sum is generated by pure album sales.

Among all acts with the most top 40-charting albums, Presley remains in second place behind Frank Sinatra, with 57. The latter collected his most recent visit to the region with this year’s Ultimate Sinatra compilation, which debuted and peaked at No. 32 in May. (Presley died in 1977; Sinatra, in 1998.)

With Elvis Forever, the King of Rock & Roll also fittingly debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. It’s his first No. 1 on the list (which originated in 2006).

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With The Weeknd topping the Hot 100 dated Aug. 22 with “Can’t Feel My Face,” Martin has notched his 21st No. 1 as a songwriter. In the Hot 100’s 57-year history, only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26) boast more leaders as writers.

Max Martin’s 58 Hot 100 Top 10s as a Songwriter
Peak Pos., Title, Artist, Peak Date
No. 7, “Do You Know (What It Takes),” Robyn, 8/2/1997
No. 2, “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” Backstreet Boys, 9/6/1997
No. 7, “Show Me Love,” Robyn, 11/29/1997
No. 4, “Everybody [Backstreet’s Back],” Backstreet Boys, 5/9/1998
No. 1 (two weeks), “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears, 1/30/1999
No. 6, “I Want It That Way,” Backstreet Boys, 6/26/1999
No. 10, “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” Britney Spears, 11/13/1999
No. 6, “That’s the Way It Is,” Celine Dion, 3/4/2000
No. 6, “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely,” Backstreet Boys, 3/18/2000
No. 9, “Oops!…I Did It Again,” Britney Spears, 6/10/2000
No. 1 (two weeks), “It’s Gonna Be Me,” ‘N Sync, 7/29/2000
No. 9, “Shape of My Heart,” Backstreet Boys, 12/2/2000
No. 2, “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson, 4/9/05
No. 6, “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” Kelly Clarkson, 6/11/05
No. 9, “U + Ur Hand,” P!nk, 5/5/2007
No. 9, “Who Knew,” P!nk, 9/29/2007
No. 3, “Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry, 1/22/2008
No. 1 (seven weeks), “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry, 7/5/2008
No. 1 (one week), “So What,” P!nk, 9/27/2008
No. 1 (two weeks), “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Kelly Clarkson, 2/7/2009
No. 1 (one week), “3,” Britney Spears, 10/24/2009
No. 10, “Whataya Want From Me,” Adam Lambert, 5/1/2010
No. 1, “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, 6/19/2010
No. 2, “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz, 8/21/2010
No. 1 (two weeks), “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry, 9/18/2010
No. 4, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” Usher feat. Pitbull, 10/9/2010
No. 8, “Teenage Dream,” Glee Cast, 11/27/2010
No. 1 (one week), “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk, 12/11/2010
No. 1 (one week), “Hold It Against Me,” Britney Spears, 1/29/2011
No. 2, “F**kin’ Perfect,” P!nk, 2/12/2011
No. 7, “Blow,” Ke$ha, 3/19/2011
No. 6, “Loser Like Me,” Glee Cast, 4/2/2011
No. 1 (five weeks), “E.T.,” Katy Perry feat. Kanye West, 4/9/2011
No. 3, “Till the World Ends,” Britney Spears, 5/14/2011
No. 7, “I Wanna Go,” Britney Spears, 8/20/2011
No. 1 (two weeks), “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry, 8/27/2011
No. 3, “The One That Got Away,” Katy Perry, 1/7/2012
No. 6, “Domino,” Jessie J, 2/18/2012
No. 1 (one week), “Part of Me,” Katy Perry, 3/3/2012
No. 9, “Scream,” Usher, 8/4/2012
No. 2, “Wide Awake,” Katy Perry, 8/11/2012
No. 1 (three weeks), “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift, 9/1/2012
No. 1 (nine weeks), “One More Night,” Maroon 5, 9/29/2012
No. 5, “Beauty and a Beat,” Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj, 1/5/2013
No. 2, “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” Taylor Swift, 1/12/2013
No. 7, “Daylight,” Maroon 5, 2/23/2013
No. 1 (two weeks), “Roar,” Katy Perry, 9/14/2013
No. 1 (four weeks), “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, 2/8/2014
No. 2, “Problem,” Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, 6/7/2014
No. 4, “Break Free,” Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, 8/30/2014
No. 1 (four weeks), “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift, 9/6/2014
No. 3, “Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, 10/4/2014
No. 7, “Love Me Harder,” Ariana Grande & The Weeknd, 11/22/2014
No. 1 (seven weeks), “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift, 11/29/2014
No. 3, “Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding, 3/7/2015
No. 6, “Style,” Taylor Swift, 3/21/2015
No. 1 (one week), “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, 6/6/2015
No. 1 (one week to-date), “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd, 8/22/2015

Via Billboard

Warner Music had a cool achievement this week: Every record in the Swedish album top Ten this week were theirs, thanks to Lasse Stefanz, Ed Sheeran, Hasse Andersson, Mans Zelmerlow, Jason Derulo, Major Lazer, Ulf Lundell, Flo Rida, Galantis and David Guetta.

New data was just released by Statistics Canada detailing the Canadian music business in 2013. It’ll be interesting to see how these numbers change in 2014-2015 when digital music will definitely affect all of these sectors.

The sound recording and music publishing industry generated total operating revenue of $799.7 million in 2013. Total operating expenses were reported at $714.1 million, resulting in an operating profit margin of 10.7%.

The largest industry group, record production and integrated record production and distribution, accounted for 59.5% of total operating revenue, followed by music publishers (24.0%), sound recording studios (14.3%) and other sound recording industries (2.2%).

Record production and integrated record production and distribution In 2013, the record production and integrated record production and distribution industry group had total operating revenue of $476.1 million. Ontario accounted for 78.3% of this operating revenue, followed by Quebec (17.2%).

The total operating revenue for this industry group, in conjunction with total operating expenses of $443.0 million, resulted in an operating profit margin of 7.0%. Cost of goods sold was the largest operating expense at 28.4%, followed closely by royalties, franchise fees and memberships at 27.7%.

In 2013, total sales of recordings for this industry group were $334.1 million. Businesses generated $164.6 million from the sale of musical compact discs and $154.8 million from the sale of digital musical recordings. Other musical recordings, such as vinyl records generated $14.8 million in sales.

Canadian-controlled businesses garnered 22.0% of total sales, of which 60.7% were from Canadian artists. In contrast, foreign-controlled companies in Canada generated 78.0% of the industry’s total sales, of which 7.6% were from Canadian artists.

Sales of recordings by music category were dominated by the popular music / rock genre with 77.6%, followed by country and folk music at 6.2%.

Music publishers

Music publishers posted $192.2 million in total operating revenue and $163.2 million in total operating expenses, resulting in an operating profit margin of 15.1%.

Performing rights, the licensing of rights to such mediums as radio, television and live events accounted for 38.7% of the $165.4 million in royalty and licensing rights revenue, while the licensing of rights to stream sound recordings online accounted for 3.3%.

Sound recording studios

Businesses in the sound recording studio industry primarily engage in providing the facilities and technical expertise for recording musical performances as well as providing audio production and postproduction services for film, television and video productions.

Services such as recording, mixing and mastering generated $114.2 million in total operating revenue and $97.9 million in total operating expenses. This resulted in an operating profit margin of 14.3%.