For Africa’s music market, the people doing this kind of tracking are online distributors such as Irokoing, Spinlet et al. I think it is however important artists do this in house also, independent of the sales and tracking figures these online distributors should be expected to provide to them.
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1. Social Market Share: Major label artists were responsible for over three quarters of music sales in 2012. Does this translate to social music? From Facebook page likes to YouTube video views, what percentage was captured by each of the major labels versus independent and unsigned artists?
2. Unsigned/independent artists represent 2x market share in social (~30%) compared to sales (~15%). #stateoftheindustry
3. Network Activity: Social network activity was up across the board in 2012, though certain channels definitely saw more growth than others. As for where it is best to place your social focus, we found that YouTube/VEVO, Twitter, and Facebook activity for an artist had the highest correlation to both debut and peak chart position on the Billboard Hot 100.