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Introduction

This update of the South Korean music industry offers a detailed analysis of all of the country's main music industry sectors.

Highlights

  • South Korea's recorded-music industry is arguably the most advanced in the world. Since the turn of the century, the sector has been through a massive transformation, from being almost overrun by piracy to being dominated by digital access services.

Features and Benefits

  • Details all the main sectors of South Korea's music industry
  • Analyzes recorded-music sales, repertoire, music retail, royalty collections, and live music.

Key questions answered

  • What share of recorded-music sales last year was from digital access services?
  • What caused the rise in physical format sales last year?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief

Recorded music

  • A music market beyond transition
  • Repertoire
  • Music companies

Music retail

  • The shifting tides of South Korean music retailing
  • Digital infrastructure and access developments

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Rising collections for KOMCA

Broadcasting

  • Radio struggles to compete with online music services
  • TV to become all digital by 2020

Live

  • K-pop dominates live performance
  • Festival popularity

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Author

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