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Somewhere shy of five million albums are still sold in America every week, despite what your Spotify- (or YouTube, or Soundcloud) obsessed friend may tell you — and that’s not to mention genuine blockbusters like Beyoncé and the Frozen soundtrack. To shed some light on who still shells out for music in 2014 and how the profile of music consumers has changed over the years, Buzzfeed partnered with the music data and analytics firm MusicWatch to compare music consumption patterns today with that of 10 years ago. MusicWatch conducted online surveys of over 5,000 music buyers ages 13 and older in both 2004 and 2014. These were their findings.


From Nielsen:

When a video gets posted online, there’s no telling whose hands it can fall into or how popular it may get. And as with anything digital these days, all it takes is a few forwards or shares on social media to propel something to into the mainstream media within minutes. Whether it’s a video of a cat jumping (and failing) to the tune of AWOLNATION’s “Sail,” a woman quitting her job by doing an interpretive dance to Kanye West’s “Gone,” or a bridal party’s entrance featuring Chris Brown’s “Forever,” it’s hard to resist a funny, shocking or touching video—especially when they incorporate the tunes we love. While there’s no denying that music adds a special touch to these videos, could the millions of these video views have a larger effect? Specifically, could they affect song sales?

Although a number of influences can drive song sales, recent trends suggest that viral videos can play a part. In fact, some sales increased drastically a month after a viral video featured these songs. For example, sales of Katy Perry’s “Peacock,” included on 2010’s Teenage Dream, spiked 64 percent within a month after Stephen Kardynal released his viral “Chatroulette Version” in November of 2010, well after Perry released her breakthrough album. Similarly, sales of Robyn’s 2011 single “Call Your Girlfriend” increased 12 percent one month after sister-duo Lennon & Maisy uploaded their acoustic, Erato-inspired cover in 2012. And these aren’t the only songs that have benefitted from being featured in viral videos. Songs from artists like Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lady Gaga have also seen noteworthy sales increases.

From eBay:

Going to see a great movie can be an incredibly moving experience, creating a legion of fans for the actors, directors, or for the movie itself. For some people, buying a DVD to watch at their leisure is THE way to celebrate their favorite movie.

Others hope to keep the memory of the movie alive with something a bit more tangible, including an actual movie prop. And some of the movie props have become collectibles themselves, often garnering a huge number of bids at auction. Think back to you favorite movie. Now consider owning a prop from that movie. Would you choose the Velociraptor cage from Jurassic Park? What about a light saber from the original Star Wars movies?

Take a look at the infographic below which lists the most expensive movie props sold. Is your favorite on the list? Could you even afford it if it were? Somewhat surprisingly, Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch topped our list at over $4.6 million.

Digital Music News takes a look at just how popular ringtones are these days. It’s certainly dropped since it was a billion dollar format in 2007 and 2008, but still worth alnost $100 million. Check out Billboard’s chart this week to see the biggest-selling ringstones this week.


Source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  US-based, 2013 inflation-adjusted revenues.  Written while listening to Modest Mouse.

According to Forbes, electronic dance music has never been more popular and the world’s leading DJ’s are earning tens of millions of dollars. The industry is incredibly lucrative and the top ten-highest earners have made an incredible $268 million this year. Calvin Harris has become hugely successful, working with artists like Rihanna and Kesha – he leads the pack with earnings of $66 million. David Guetta comes in second with $30 million while Avicii rounds off the top three with $28 million.

Via Statista

From Ragan:

In 2000, a person’s average attention span was 12 seconds.

In 2013, that dwindled down to 8 seconds.

Here’s the humbling part: The attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds.

With this (horrifying) statistic and others, an infographic from TollFreeForwarding.com explains how social media affects our brains. Here are a few insights:

  • Tweeting for 10 minutes can raise your oxytocin level (the hormone that reduces anxiety) as much as 13 percent.
  • A majority of 18-to-85-year-olds found social media is harder to resist than smoking, drinking, spending money, sleeping and sex.
  • Facebook users are on the social network for an average of 81 hours per year.
  • People switch between devices an average of 21 times per hour.

Just about everyone connects with music, but where we live plays a big part of how we listen to, buy and engage with our tunes. For example, music aficionados in the Pacific region (California, Alaska, Oregon, Hawaii and Washington) make up the largest group of subscription streamers in the U.S., at more than 7.5 percent. Meanwhile, tune enthusiasts in the Mountain region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) rank second-highest for listening to music (CDs, digital tracks, albums, etc.) as a primary activity—meaning they listen specifically to listen rather than being in a space where music is playing in the background. When you add in background music, the Mountain region boasts one of the highest overall listening rates across the country.