Insights

Release Wars: How Drop Dates and Strategy Affect Street Success

By David Bakula, SVP Client Development, Nielsen Entertainment From Beck previewing his Morning Phase album for in-flight air travelers to hear via Gogo Inflight Internet before its formal release date to Bruce Springsteen streaming his recent Higher Hopes album more than a week before its release...

U.S. Book Industry Year-End Review

While the book industry is no stranger to change, the written word remains popular. In 2013, physical book sales stayed strong, with print book consumption only declining slightly from the year before. And while e-book growth slowed and the market has now matured, the innovation is far from over.

U.S. Home Entertainment Industry Year-End Review

2013 was a solid year for the home entertainment industry, as consumer spending across all home entertainment platforms increased by nearly 1 percent—the second straight year of growth in consumer spending on home entertainment.

Country Music’s Young Blood is Driving its Growing Popularity

Country is America’s No. 1 radio format, thanks to the genre’s banner performance in 2013. In fact, according to Nielsen’s State of the Media: Audio Today report, the Country music format set all-time highs last year for share of the listening audience in both portable people meter (PPM)...

Feelin’ the Love: A Look at Romantic Songs, Books and Comedies

Love is in the air and in the entertainment aisle. So as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s look at how romance influences music, books and home entertainment—as well as how consumers respond and engage with it—even on days other than Feb 14. Even though love is in the air, it may not be...

Year in the Sports Media Report: 2013

In the U.S. and around the world, fans’ passion for sports continues to grow in 2013. And with the addition of Nielsen Audio and Scarborough to Nielsen’s portfolio last year, our “FANALYTICS” platform—what we refer to as the collective intelligence and insights around sports...

Winner Weigh In: Is Consumption Worth its Weight in GRAMMY Gold?

By David Bakula, SVP Nielsen Entertainment From a gripping show-starter by music’s power-couple Beyoncé and Jay Z, to the historic on-screen wedding (presided over by Queen Latifah and Madonna), this year’s 56th GRAMMY Awards found new ways to surprise, electrify and get its audience talking....