Biz Poll Results: Your Picks for The Mid-Year's Biggest Story, Most Innovative Artist and Most Exciting Platform

Last week, around the occasion of Billboard's mid-year charts and industry report, we launched the Biz Poll by asking readers for their opinions on the year-so-far's biggest artists (Timberlake returns? Daft Punk returns?), music platforms (whither Daisy?) and events (Samsung, meet Magna Carta) of the past six months. Let's take a look at how you responded.

The Next Big Music Platform Will Be...

Seems our readers appreciate a sure bet – no surprise there. Apple's upcoming iRadio – a platform most consumers are guaranteed to at least test drive – dominated our "Music Platform" poll with 44% of the vote, while Facebook's upcoming video offering drew a respectable 22%. Beats Electronic's upcoming Daisy (which is getting close to launch) wasn't far behind, an encouraging sign for Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's (and Ian Rogers' and Trent Reznor's) "streaming service with a heart." Myspace wasn't forgotten, though it appears to have an uphill battle ahead of it. Meanwhile Twitter #Music... what's that?

The Most Innovative, Important Artist This Year Has Been...

The only real surprise here for us was Jay-Z's relatively low showing as compared to the phenomenal success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who tied for lead with the marketing destructo-mech-suit that serves as the Daft Punk brand. Jay-Z's method of selling his record to a company before even introducing it to fans – many of whom are all but guaranteed to hear it for free, with or without an app – struck us as a bold bet on the realities of the music business these days, even considering that most artists don't have the leverage Hova does (but see below...). But as far as Bowie is concerned, you can all go back to normal now.

 

The Most Important Music Business Story of 2013 So Far Is....

Of course we saved the best and biggest for last, Here's where all those votes for Jay-Z from the last question went: Sean Carter took the gold in our inaugural poll with 23% of respondents saying his deal with Samsung for Magna Carta... Holy Grail was the most innovative movement in the music biz this year. Close behind was Billboard's move to include streaming data, something that anyone following this business may have seen coming – though perhaps they didn't foresee it culminating in Baauer's chart domination. The winner of the first question came in third here, cementing Apple's iRadio launch as the thing people seem to be most excited about in the coming months.

 

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