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Commercial Trends in Sports 2017

With global sponsorship spend forecast to reach over $62 billion in 2017 and global media rights spend expected to hit $45 billion, the top-line metrics remain positive. This report detail what we regard as the 10 major commercial trends in sports.

2016 Canada Music Year-End Report

Music consumption is at an all-time high. Overall volume is up 3% over 2016, fueled by a 76% increase in on-demand audio streams, enough to offset declines in sales and return a positive year for the business.

2016 World Sports Review

Global sport's top-line metrics, notably global sponsorship and media rights spend, continued to point in the right direction in 2016 but it was also a year of rapid change across the industry.

Losing A Legend: How Leonard Cohen Fans Pay Tribute

The recent passing of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen highlights the impact that the passing of an artist can have on music sales and streaming. Canadian fans paid tribute to Cohen not only by consuming music from across his catalogue, but by engaging with music from related artists’ repertoires...

'Tis the Season for Holiday Music

Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like holiday music, and if you were in Edmonton, Canada, last holiday season, you were in the country’s merriest city. That’s because its radio stations played the most holiday music between Nov. 1 to Dec. 27, 2015.

Canuck Cowboys: A Look at Country Music Fans in Canada

Canada has developed a strong roster of successful homegrown country music talent, and those artists have likely helped the genre maintain its large, loyal fan base in an era of ever-fragmenting tastes. In fact, about one in five Canadian music listeners say they often tune in to country.

Paralympics and Para-Sports

Nielsen Sports' latest report examines not only the rising interest in para-sports and the Paralympics, its growing status as a media product and how the Games already works for partners, but also notes the opportunity it provides to change attitudes – and, critically, what that might mean for...

Driving Social Change and Awareness Through Para-Sports

In addition to representing their countries and competing for medals, para-sports athletes participating in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this month will be challenging stereotypes, increasing inclusion and breaking down social barriers—something these competitors have been doing since the first...

2016 Canada Music Mid-Year Report

In the first six months of 2016, total music consumption in Canada grew more than 7% on a year-over-year basis, streaming volume continues to grow, but total album sales were down almost 20%.

Nielsen Music 360 Canada Report

Music listening in Canada remains as popular as it ever has been, driven by new music services and great new music by home-grown superstar artists. What continues to change, however, is how fans are accessing and engaging with music.