Headlines: Pandemic Fallout Varies

The pandemic is expected to hit music publishing hard next year, but not for all types of royalties
November 2, 2020

Publishers And Songwriters To Lose Out On Up To $3.5BN In 2020 Due To Pandemic (MBW)

One bright spot in an otherwise gloomy outlook for 2020 was that digital streaming surged during lockdown and CISAC reports that collections are forecasted to grow by as much as 15% this year and will help mitigate collections declines elsewhere.

Driven by Streaming Surge, Sony Music Posts Strong Quarter Despite Pandemic (Variety)

After a rough first fiscal quarter, Sony Music saw its recorded music division post an 11% year-over-year revenue boost — a record $1.16 billion — driven by a 19% surge in streaming (in dollars). Streaming brought in $742.3 million for the quarter.

A No. 1 Song Written by a Solitary Songwriter Is Becoming a Thing of the Past (Billboard)

In the ‘70s, a whopping 44% of the songs that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 were written by just one writer. The percentage declined just a bit in the ‘80s, to 42%, but then dove to 24% in the ‘90s, 6% in the ‘00s and 4% in the ‘10s. Not one song written by just one writer has reached No. 1 so far in the 2020s.
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