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Almost all of the world’s biggest recorded music markets have published their mid-year sales figures. Our assessment suggests the industry is heading for a stable year.


  • Although music subscription services are continuing to experience gains in most of the leading markets, it remains on a knife edge as to whether the rise in record company earnings from access services this year will fully offset the lower income being generated by download and CD album sales.
  • There have been some very positive mid-year results from countries that have suffered steady annual declines in recorded music sales for several years.
  • Such is the ongoing dominance of a small number of markets, a return to global growth remains in the hands of the few.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the mid-year 2015 results of all the leading music markets.
  • The research note assesses the chances of recorded music sales returning to growth this year after more than 10 years of decline.

Key questions answered

  • Which of the world's leading music markets registered growth in recorded music sales in the first six months of 2015?
  • What is the likelihood of global recorded music sales returning to growth in 2015 after more than 10 years of decline?

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  • Summary
  • Leading markets dominate global music sales
  • Little change in the US and Japan
  • Germany the best performer of Europe’s big three
  • Big sales jump for Italy and Spain
  • Increased sales in all the Nordic countries
  • Global growth in 2015 on a knife edge


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