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Canada experienced an improved recorded music sales performance in 2015. Just how much of an improved year 2015 was will be confirmed in the next couple of months when the IFPI publishes trade revenue figures for the country.


  • UMG remains the clear market share leader, ahead of SME, and preliminary details published by authors’ society SOCAN show royalty collections were up for the third year in a row with the level of royalties identified, collected, and distributed all breaking previous records.

Features and Benefits

  • The report contains detailed analysis on all aspects of Canada's music industry
  • Included in the report is assessments of the recorded music sector, music retail, the live industry, and royalty collections.

Key questions answered

  • How did each of the major record companies perform in market share terms in in Canada in 2015?
  • What was behind collection society SOCAN's record year in 2015?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Streaming gains, albums decline, and vinyl sales boom
  • Genre differences by consumption format
  • Maintaining the repertoire balance
  • Music companies

Music retail

  • New services lead the digital transition
  • Digital infrastructure developments

Copyright protection and rights administration

  • Copyright law changes
  • Royalty collections


  • Squeeze on broadcast radio revenue
  • Steady TV viewing figures


  • Live leads music spending
  • Music support


  • Methodology
  • Author

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