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SONG REVENUE: HOPPED UP
Bad Bunny makes the most of his turn at bat. (5/20a)
TOP 20: KENDRICK
LEADS THE WAY
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/18a)
GREEN AS EVER
A think piece—cool! (5/19a)
FEET OF CLAY AND “TAPDANCING AROUND THE CONVERSATION”: KENDRICK LAMAR’S BREAKTHROUGHS
The K-Dot aesthetic examined (5/20a)
LNX BATHED IN STARLIGHT BY SHOF
23 with a bullet (5/19a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
Blighty Beat
MERLIN: STREAMING WORKS MAGIC
6/28/18

A report from global independent digital rights body Merlin reveals that member labels have a higher marketshare on paid streaming tiers vs. free and a significant amount of revenues coming from territories that were once worth naught.

More than two-thirds (68%) of Merlin’s members report that audio streaming currently accounts for the majority of their digital revenues—a marked rise on the 20% that said that was the case in 2014.

Additionally, an analysis of over 500b streams between 2014 and 2018 shows that Merlin’s member repertoire performs more than 25% better in marketshare terms on paid streaming subscription tiers vs. free tiers.

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