Headlines: Metallica Meets Morgan Stanley In Music IP Fund, As Music Streaming Proves Resilient

  in Industry News

Jul 13, 2020

If investors are skittish about the pandemic's impact on the music business, they're sure not showing it, as a former Morgan Stanley investment banker joins Metallica in a bid to acquire music catalogs. Meanwhile Nielsen presents data that suggests the resilience of music streaming during the global lockdown, and Billboard analyses the financial moves major music companies have taken to cope with an uncertain future. 

Nielsen Music/MRC Data's U.S. Midyear Report reveals that amid unprecedented challenges, total audio consumption grew 9.4% over prior year. (Billboard / Nielsen)

Recorded-music consumption has proven resilient: Audio streams are up 16.2% to 420 billion... (and) total album-equivalent audio consumption — a measure of total consumption, including sales of albums and songs, as well as on-demand streams — was up 9.4% year over year.

Metallica and Co-Manager Joining Multimillion-Dollar Venture Buying Song Catalogs, Other Intellectual Property (Variety)

While music publishing and other forms of intellectual property have long been viewed as recession-proof and have long been a lucrative area of the business, the coronavirus pandemic — which has shut down touring, the financial engine of the music industry, almost completely — has only amplified that perspective.

How Major Music Companies Are Depending on Debt and Credit to Weather the Pandemic (Billboard)

Faced with a once-in-a-lifetime economic nosedive, many music companies are turning to debt and credit to sustain themselves through the coronavirus crisis. 

Music Streaming and Sales Rebound — Five Key Insights From New Nielsen Music/MRC Data COVID-19 Report(Billboard)

Though overall streaming dipped in early June, coinciding with nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, both audio and video have now returned to normal. Country in particular has continued to trend upward, posting a remarkable 13% gain in weekly audio streams since the start of the pandemic.