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Last year the UK saw the continued shift from ownership to access, but overall trade earnings were down for the second consecutive year.


  • The UK is the third-largest recorded music market in the world and biggest in Europe, according to the latest figures published by the IFPI. The slight decline in German trade income and favorable exchange rates saw the UK overtake its largest European rival.

Features and Benefits

  • Presents facts and figures on all sectors of the UK music industry.
  • Assesses the recorded music, retail, copyright, broadcasting, and live music sectors.

Key questions answered

  • What happened to recorded music sales in the UK last year?
  • By how much has the UK live sector increased in value over the last five years?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Flat year for recorded music sales
  • Rise in retail sales value
  • Record companies

Music retail

  • Music transition from retail to consumption
  • Digital infrastructure and access

Royalty collections

  • Across-the-board sector gains for PRS
  • Record year for PPL


  • Digital radio popularity on the rise
  • Pay-TV dominance set to grow


  • Grassroots live scene weakens
  • Live Nation adds to UK assets
  • MTV builds live music muscle
  • PRS fuels festival fears
  • Secondary ticketing under scrutiny


  • Methodology
  • Author

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