National Museum of African American Music Releases 2019 State of Black Music

In new video, NMAAM explores the top trends, data and stories over
the past year in music

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To celebrate Black Music Month in June, the National Museum of African
American Music is reflecting on the past year in music in the second
annual State of Black Music.

The state of black music remains robust and continues to grow stronger.
Its reach is larger than ever, spanning platforms, countries and genres.

Highlights include:

  • After overtaking rock as the most-played music last year, hip hop’s
    dominance has only gotten larger. Eight of the 10 most-streamed
    artists last year were rappers.
  • Black artists were leaders in mixing genres and defying category. Lil
    Nas X became the most-streamed artist in a single week after a
    collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus, and Cardi B’s “I Like It” topped
    the charts and was nominated for Record of the Year.
  • The past year has also been tough for those we’ve lost – Aretha
    Franklin, Nancy Wilson, James Ingram, Roy Hargrove and Nipsey Hussle,
    among others – artists whose legacies touch the last 60 years of
    popular music and will continue to reverberate.

It was a year for pushing boundaries, finding new audiences and

This year’s address comes in the form of a video posted on NMAAM’s
YouTube channel


The National Museum of African American Music, set to open in early
2020, will be the only museum dedicated solely to preserving African
American music traditions and celebrating the influence African
Americans have had on music. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the museum will
share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and
interactive technology to bring musical heroes of the past into the
present. For more information, please visit


Ben Baden
MP&F Strategic Communications

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