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After four straight years of growth, trade earnings from recorded music in Brazil edged down last year. Digital revenue more than offset a fall in sales of physical formats, but total record company earnings contracted for the first time since 2010.


  • Despite the overall decline, there were positive developments in the subscription sector, with trade earnings from the likes of Deezer, Napster, and Spotify almost trebling.
  • Moreover, combined income from subscriptions and advertising is now the biggest revenue source for Brazilian record companies, overtaking the previous favorite, CDs. UMG held on to the leading position it gained from SME in 2013, but local independent Som Livre registered the biggest market share gains in 2015.

Features and Benefits

  • Includes a full analysis of all sectors of the Brazilian music industry.
  • Sectors covered include music sales, live music, royalty collections, and digital music retail.

Key questions answered

  • What caused the fall in recorded music sales in Brazil last year?
  • What share of recorded music sales came from digital in 2015?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • No fifth straight year for recorded music growth
  • Record companies

Music retail

  • Traditional music retail contraction
  • Competition in the streaming sector intensifies
  • Digital infrastructure and access

Copyright protection and rights administration

  • Copyright reform
  • Royalty collections


  • Weak economy to hit radio growth
  • Digital TV tipping point


  • Ticket sales set to grow
  • Positive start to the year for T4F


  • Methodology
  • Author

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