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Strong gains in music streaming and the continued revival in vinyl boosted UK consumption levels and retail sales of recorded music last year.


  • According to figures published by the music trade organization the BPI, based on Official Charts Company (OCC) data, consumption of digital music widened the gap with physical formats with streaming accounting for more than half the UK consumption total.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses recorded-music consumption details as published by the UK trade association the BPI.
  • Examines the retail sales figures published by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

Key questions answered

  • What share of recorded-music consumption was generated by music streaming in 2017?
  • How big was the rise in music subscription sales last year compared with 2016?

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  • Summary
  • Streaming and vinyl boost UK recorded-music sales
  • Decade of growth for vinyl LPs
  • Third year of growth in recorded-music retail sales


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