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Missed “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal on air? Catch up here! Listen now

Music’s biggest night, by the numbers

by Katherine Wiles Jan 24, 2020
You may not be surprised to learn Beyoncé is the most nominated woman ever.
Beyoncé poses with her Grammy wins at the 59th Grammy Awards in 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Detroit helps lead vinyl record renaissance

by Steven Cuevas Dec 18, 2019
In 2017, Detroit became the only city in the U.S. with more than one vinyl presser. It's good timing.
An Archer Record Pressing employee takes a lunch break amidst stacks of freshly pressed vinyl.
Steven Cuevas

From metalhead to Latin music mogul

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Dec 10, 2019
Criteria Entertainment CEO Diana Rodriguez learned the music business in Colombia before becoming the first woman to head a U.S Latin label.
Courtesy of Criteria Entertainment

Music industry navigates "extreme vetting" of foreign artists

by Maria Bakkalapulo Jul 11, 2019
Foreign artists are running into difficulty with visas, resulting in delays and cancellations.
West African rock band Tal National.
Jason Creps

Billboard takes a closer look at bundling

by Erika Beras Jun 11, 2019
A recent spat with DJ Khaled is making the music industry question what really counts as a sold copy of an album.
Records sit inside a store at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Rich Fury/Getty Images

Apple pulls the plug on iTunes as we know it

by Erika Beras Jun 3, 2019
The software is being split into separate applications for music, TV and podcasts.
Steve Jobs stands by a projection of the iTunes website as he launches iTunes Music Store in Great Britain, Germany and France in 2004.
Ian Waldie/Getty Images

The business of being Taylor Swift

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 26, 2019
Let’s do the numbers on the 29-year-old star.
Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 
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¡Más volumen! Mexico City is a new capital of the digital music business

by Rodrigo Cervantes Feb 8, 2019
Spotify says the world's largest market for its streaming service is not NYC or London: it's Mexico City. And this metropolis is becoming a huge hub for those who create, produce or monetize digital music.
Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute Of Sound performs during day one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held at the Empire Polo Club on April 19, 2009 in Indio, California. 
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Questlove on "chasing ghosts"

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Oct 11, 2018
"I'm amazed that no one's kicked me out of the pool yet."
“In my mind, it's always, this could end tomorrow. So don't ever sleep,” Questlove says.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

The world's unlikely capital of heavy metal

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Sep 7, 2018
When a tiny, rural Finnish town of 3,000 residents earned the title it presented a wild opportunity.
Finnish thrash metal band Stam1na performing at the 2014 Rakuuna Rock festival in Lappeenranta, Finland. The band's hometown Lemi, population 3,076, was recently crowned the Capital of Metal.
Tuomas Vitkainen/Wikimedia Commons