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Retail sales of recorded music in Germany have plateaued in the last few years. While subscription and streaming sales have registered healthy growth, the gains have fallen just short of fully offsetting the drop-off of physical formats and downloads


  • Notable in last year's sales figures was that subscriptions and streaming overtook CDs to become the biggest single revenue source. While sales may have failed to increase year on year, the greater the share of spending on access services the better the chance Germany has of returning to growth.

Features and Benefits

  • The report details all sectors of the German music industry
  • Included in the report is a focus on recorded-music sales, record company market shares, music retail, royalty collections, and live performance.

Key questions answered

  • What share of recorded-music sales were generated by streaming in Germany in 2018?
  • Which of the leading music publishers registered the highest singles chart market share in 2018?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Flat year for recorded-music sales
  • UMG the record company leader, Warner/Chappell the top publisher

Music retail

  • Digital crosses the retailing tipping point

Royalty collections

  • Positive year for GEMA despite year-on-year collection decline
  • Fall in performance rights

Live music

  • Measuring the size of the German live sector
  • BDV and VDKD merge to form BDKV


  • Methodology
  • Author

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