Vance Joy and AC/DC on Amazon Music and US Radio

Who says music is all about young people and streaming? Amazon Music and American radio would beg to differ, and we’ll check out Vance Joy and AC/DC who are doing well on @chartmetric #chartmetric #amazon #radio #vancejoy #acdc #australia

  • Highlights  
    • Who says music is all about young people and streaming? Amazon Music and American radio would beg to differ, and we’ll check out a couple of Australian artists who are doing well on them.
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    • This is your Data Dump for Friday, July 12th, 2019.
  • Vance Joy and AC/DC on Amazon Music and US Radio
    • The Financial Times reported yesterday on the rise of Amazon Music, and how it has experienced a 70 percent growth in subscribers in the past year.
    • The head of Amazon Music- Steve Boom (that’s a great name for a music guy)-  noted that all the other platforms were playing for the younger crowds, but not older consumers. 
      • Apparently 14 percent of subscribers to Amazon Music are aged 55 or older, compared with just 5 percent of Spotify’s customers, according to Midia Research’s Mark Mulligan.
    • Now on the radio side of things, Music Business Worldwide reported that AM/FM US radio consumption is growing! Take that, streaming.
      • Radio reached more folks than any other entertainment platform in 2019, according to Nielsen’s Audio Today 2019 report.
      • 272M Americans fire up their radios each week, that is 7M more listeners than 2016...and why? Because Americans love their cars, and radios are just there.
    • Now to help illustrate that with actual artists, we’ll turn to two of Australia’s biggest ones, relative newcomer Vance Joy and classic rock gods AC/DC.
    • Vance Joy, the pop/folk singer-songwriter from Melbourne is currently on
      • 19 Amazon editorial playlists, including the contextual playlists Rise and Shine, Road Trip: Folk and a chart-like playlist: Best Folk Songs of 2017.
      • His massive hit “Riptide” is actually NOT the most playlisted on the platform, it’s actually another one of his records, “Lay It On Me”, placing in 9 of those 19 Amazon Music playlists.
      • On the 300 influential American radio stations we cover, Joy had as many as 506 spins in the week of Sept 24th 2018, and the week of July 1st, it was down to 91.
      • But it’s all good because the state of Wisconsin LOVES Vance Joy, as his songs have been 1% of all the tracks that state’s radio stations have played since September. Pretty impressive.
    • Now for all-time rock greats AC/DC, straight out of Sydney:
      • They are on 14 Amazon editorial playlists, including the #2 slot on Classic Rock for Lifting, the #5 spot for Pre-Game Grilling, and the #1 spot for 80s Hard Rock Workout...who’s feeling some testosterone?
      • AC/DC hits like “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Back in Black” seem to resonate most in Boston, Massachusetts and Gainesville, Florida…
    • ...but what’s really good to remember is that in case your phone runs out of battery, you can find either of these artists or others by flicking on the old car radio, or simply asking Alexa to do it for you.
  • That’s it for your Daily Data Dump for Friday, July 12th, 2019. This is Jason from Chartmetric.
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