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DiMA May Playlist Newsletter 2023

1. Spotlight: DiMA Celebrates AANHPI Heritage Month

As part of our celebration of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, DiMA interviewed Jeff Yasuda, the CEO of DiMA’s newest member Feed.fm, to discuss his music journey, what AANHPI heritage means to him, and what to look forward to from Feed Media Group. A skilled musician himself, Jeff also encouraged us to check out some of his favorite AANHPI artists.


DiMA: What advice do you have for members of the AANHPI community who have an interest in working in music?

Jeff Yasuda: Great entrepreneurs are those who have access to resources that they don’t own–that stuck with me seeing my dad create something out of nothing. But the music industry can be brutal. You have to have a thick skin. While many people started in music because of their passion, being passionate doesn’t mean it comes easy. For me, it’s about being prepared and proving yourself by not being afraid to make mistakes. Believe me, I feel I’ve made them all. Working hard, testing ideas, and moving fast are entrepreneurial skills that are important no matter your skin color.

Read the full conversation here.

2. Research: Streaming Country Music Forward

DiMA’s new report, Streaming Country Music Forward, explores the relationship between country music and streaming through the insights of fans and streaming executives focused on the genre. The report highlights the connection between artists making incredible music, fans who just might be the most loyal music listeners around, and the technological innovations that have paved new pathways to success and engagement for country artists.

Key findings drive conversation on country’s success with streaming

The report has sparked conversation in the music industry in media outlets including Billboard and Bloomberg about country music’s growing popularity on streaming platforms. From up-and-coming artists to tried-and-true fan favorites, streaming plays a critical role in bringing country music to fans across America and throughout the world.

Some Numbers from the New Report:

  • 87% of country music streamers find recommendations from platforms helpful.
  • 76% of country music streamers tend to research or look up songwriters of songs they listen to.
  • 73% of country music streamers know when their favorite artist is touring or in concert.
  • 6x – how much more time country music streamers spend listening, annually, than country fans who don’t stream.

Click here for the full report: Streaming Country Music Forward

3. For the Record: Honoring This Year’s National Recording Registry Inductees

DiMA and its member companies congratulated the artists, songwriters, and composers of the Class of 2023 Inductees into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. Each year, the National Recording Registry honors those creators and their works that have helped to shape the nation’s musical legacy.

This year’s class of inductees reflects unique and historic recorded music, including: “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee, “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey, “Super Mario Bros. Theme” by Koji Kondo and albums Like A Virgin by Madonna, All Hail the Queen by Queen Latifah, Déjà vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Very First Mariachi Recordings by Cuarteto Coculense.

The inductees honored by the National Recording Registry in the Class of 2023 emphasize the breadth and diversity of music that shape our cultural heritage and highlight expanded opportunities for artists to discover new audiences and fans to rediscover music from across generations and genres. Thanks to streaming services, you have the ability to listen to these tracks right now, right from home – or wherever you may be. Read DiMA President and CEO Garrett Levin’s blog on the Class of 2023 Inductees here.

Tune In: Take the time to check out playlists on your favorite streaming platform featuring the 2023 inductees. You may be surprised by what you discover.

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