Sales of recorded music continue to fall: what should the record companies do?

Mark Savage of the BBC

Acts like Adele and Coldplay ensured that British artists made up five of the top 10 best-sellers in the world last year

The success of acts like Adele and Coldplay was not enough to reverse a fall in revenue from recorded music in 2015, industry figures show.

One out of every six albums sold around the world was by a British artist, but the money generated for the UK economy dropped from £615m in 2014 to £610m.

The value of live music also fell from £924m to £910m, UK Music said.

However, the total contribution of the UK music business to the British economy remained static, at £4.1bn.

Money earned through publishing and licensing songs to films and advertisements helped make up the shortfall; while the money earned by British producers and recording studios rose from £116m to £119m.

Overall, music industry revenues grew just 0.5% in 2015, falling behind GDP growth.

However, UK Music said the business was “strong” and “resilient”, having recorded growth of 17% since 2012, outpacing the economy as a whole.

“There is every sign that the recorded sector will return to growth in 2016,” said chairman Andy Heath, pointing to the continued success of Adele’s album, as well as increased vinyl sales and higher revenues from streaming services

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1 Comment

  1. These falls in revenue are barely margin errors to “the music industry”. In a world where pretty much any music can be acquired in minutes via a pirate proxy or YouTube URL pasted into free online converters I’m surprised they’re even selling as much as they are.

    Digital music is disposable. For instance iTunes tracks can only be transferred to a max of 4 computers until they become obsolete.

    IMO if you love a new or old artist you have their album/single on vinyl and that’s that.

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