Coronavirus is jacking up just about every industry on the planet, and it’s no surprise that the music industry has been one of the hardest hit.
Concerts are canceled, awards shows are canceled, and bars where many musicians play to earn a living are closed, but more than that, streaming numbers are down significantly across the entire industry.
From February 22th-28th to March 21st-27th, the total on-demand streams in the US went down from 18.3 billion to 16.6 billion, a drop of about 10%, according to data from BuzzAngle. Latin music and rap have each seen a decrease over 20%, while pop and dance music have seen a 16.8% and 13.2% decrease respectively.
Country music however, barely even moved at a measly 0.2% decrease. In fact some country artists are even seeing spikes in their streaming numbers.
From March 5th to April 2nd, Alan Jackson has seen a 7.8% increase in listens, Eric Church 4.2% and Cody Johnson 3.3% meanwhile fellow country singer Maren Morris has seen a 20.9% decrease, the largest in the country music genre.
Of course, Kidz Bop is leading the pack with a 9.5% increase in streams. Kids aren’t in school, parents got to keep them occupied, and it looks like Kidz Bob is reaping the benefits. I’m sure Disney+ is right up there with them.
Big Al, Chief, CoJo… I wonder how many of those streams the Whiskey Riffers are directly responsible for? Keep it up country folks, keep it up.