Tuesday, 25 April 2017

IFPI - Global Recorded Music Revenues Increased by 5.9% in 2016

The global recorded music market grew by 5.9% in 2016, the highest rate since IFPI began tracking the market in 1997, according to the IFPI Global Music Report 2017, released today.  Total revenues for 2016 were US$15.7 billion. 

At the end of 2016 there were 112 million users of paid music streaming subscriptions driving year-on-year streaming revenue growth of 60.4%. Digital income last year accounted for half the global recorded music industry’s annual revenue for the first time. Growth in streaming more than offset a 20.5% decline in downloads and a 7.6% decline in physical revenue.

Streaming is helping drive growth in developing music markets, with China (+20.3%), India (+26.2%) and Mexico (+23.6%) seeing strong revenue growth.

Key figures:

- Global revenue growth: +5.9%
- Digital share of global revenues: 50%
- Digital revenue growth: +17.7%
- Growth in streaming revenues: +60.4%
- Physical revenues: -7.6%

- Download revenue: -20.5%

But say the IFPI, the 'value gap' (the growing mismatch between the value that user upload services, such as YouTube, extract from music, and the revenue returned to those who are creating and investing in music) is the biggest threat to the future sustainability of the music industry.

IFPI Global Music Report 2017 http://www.ifpi.org/downloads/GMR2017.pdf

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Mysteryland US cancelled

The US  edition of Mysteryland has just been cancelled. A statement on the Lifestyle promoted event's website reads: "Dear Nomads", Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mysteryland USA will no longer take place in 2017. Since 2014, we have strived to produce the best possible experience for our festival attendees, and are truly humbled by all of the love and support that you, the artists, the beautiful venue of Bethel Woods Center For The Arts and the town of Bethel have shown us as we celebrated life through music, culture and art". The 2017 event was due to take place in July, headlined by LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer and G-Eazy.