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Mexico is Latin America’s second largest recorded music market and the region’s biggest live market. After two years of decline, record company earnings from recorded music sales and services registered impressive growth in 2015.


  • Mexico crossed the digital tipping point in 2014, and the gap between digital and physical widened significantly last year.
  • SME maintained its lead as the biggest record company in Mexico with a slight increase in market share over second-placed UMG.
  • Mexico’s biggest events company, Interamericana de Entretenimiento, registered a big rise in earnings in 2015, and results so far this year from the company suggest that 2016 will be another profitable year.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses in detail all sectors of the Mexican music industry.
  • Covers recorded music, music retail, live, royalty collections, and broadcasting.

Key questions answered

  • What caused recorded music sales to rise in 2015 after two years of contraction?
  • What share of recorded music sales came from access services in 2015?

Table of contents


  • In brief

Recorded music

  • Trade growth after two years of decline
  • Record companies

Music retail

  • Decline in brick-and-mortar stores
  • International services lead the access charge
  • Digital infrastructure and access details

Copyright protection and rights administration

  • Piracy holding back legal service development
  • Royalty collections


  • Radio remains a popular medium
  • Digital TV dominance


  • Revenue and profit surge for CIE


  • Methodology
  • Author

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