By Gonzalo López Martí / Creative director, etc -

  • The good news: urban music is coming of age.
  • Urban as in hip hop, reggaetón, etc.

This highly anticipated report provides comprehensive coverage of the year in music from the coveted Nielsen Music Year-End charts, presented by Billboard, to insights on the most important industry trends from sales and streaming to social media and overall consumer engagement across today’s most popular platforms.

Radio-style services are amping up their streaming offerings to give users control over what they listen to; at the same time, streaming services are pushing to provide more programmed experiences for users, who don’t always want to create their own playlists.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (“SBS”) announced the addition of a full video channel line-up to its LaMusica music streaming app.

Nielsen presents the 2016 U.S. music mid-year report for the six-month period of Jan. 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016.

On a typical Monday, women (60%) are significantly more likely to say that they have too little motivations compared to men (51%).

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Maná will be honored with the 2,573rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star in the category of Recording will be dedicated at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Live Nation.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) named Jorge “Pepo” Ferradas president of UCI’s music division. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for the development of an integrated music strategy for all music-focused efforts across the company including UCI’s music tentpole events and working with the Company’s radio programming team.

The Latin Explosion: A New America celebrates the music, the artists and the visionaries who have pioneered this sea change, exploring how the growing Latino community is impacting American culture for the better. Anchoring the film are exclusive interviews with the musicians at the center of Latino power and influence in this country, including Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Ricky Martin, Romeo Santos, members of Los Lobos, Rita Moreno, Jose Feliciano and others. They talk about their lives and music, as the film celebrates their mega crossover hits that have defined the American experience and set the stage for the "Latin Explosion" in all aspects of American life.

Music marketing and brand experience agency Momentum Worldwide has conducted a research study aimed specifically at identifying the connection between live and digital music behaviors. Among the findings is that millennials, defined as people ages 18-34, want to see brands in the music space and enjoy seeing them there.

There’s no stopping the music industry’s digital transformation, based on recent research. According to data from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), digital music revenues worldwide rose nearly 7% last year to hit $6.85 billion, tying physical sales in share for the first time, at 46% each. The remaining 8% was from performance rights and synchronization.

Tiesto, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Afrojack and Avicii are not household names to anyone 35 years old and over. Skrillex and Afrojack may sound like appliance names or an over the counter hair gel to older folks. But to Millennials (generally defined as Americans born between 1982 and sometime in the early 2000′s), these Electronic Dance Music (EDM) DJs are celebrities producing music that is defining and giving an identity to their generation.

Music knows no boundaries in America. It’s the great equalizer among consumers of different ages, languages, races, incomes, genders and geographies. People often find that music is a mirror of and a bridge to an increasingly diverse society

Nielsen reveals 2014 mid-year U.S. music sales, airplay and streaming data for the six-month period of Dec. 30, 2013 through June 29, 2014. Nielsen SoundScan measures U.S. point-of-sale of recorded music product.

Just about everyone connects with music, but where we live plays a big part of how we listen to, buy and engage with our tunes.