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How the music business is faring amid the COVID-19 pandemic

 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-07-09/music-business-streaming-covid-pandemic-nielsen-midyear-report 

It's clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the touring business. But a new report from Nielsen Music/MRC Data also shows that the growth of digital streaming has also slowed. Here's what we learned from the report.

 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-07-09/music-business-streaming-covid-pandemic-nielsen-midyear-report 

Hip-hop and R&B still dominate the streaming market, claiming 9 of the 10 most-consumed artists (including Drake, the Weeknd and Lil Uzi Vert). And the 10th? Grammy winner Billie Eilish, whose brand of beat-based pop draws deeply from rap.

 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-07-09/music-business-streaming-covid-pandemic-nielsen-midyear-report 

.@verzuzonline, the series of Instagram Live beat battles curated by producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, has boosted artists the pandemic, with Erykah Badu and Jill Scott seeing a 217% increase in streams after their bout.

 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-07-09/music-business-streaming-covid-pandemic-nielsen-midyear-report 

On streaming services, the year’s biggest hit is Roddy Ricch's “The Box," which notched more than 1 billion streams. Yet on the radio, the song has been topped by Post Malone’s “Circles,” which Nielsen says has been heard by more than 2.2 billion.

 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-07-09/music-business-streaming-covid-pandemic-nielsen-midyear-report 

Among Latin pop artists, Bad Bunny claims four of the year’s five most-streamed albums with two 2020 solo releases, his 2019 duo record with J Balvin, and his 2018 debut, “X100PRE.” (The remaining album on the list? Balvin’s “Colores.”)

 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-07-09/music-business-streaming-covid-pandemic-nielsen-midyear-report 


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