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Spain’s two main music industry sectors, recorded and live, have both recovered in the last couple of years. Recorded-music sales have increased for two successive years on the back of greater consumer interest in music subscriptions and streaming.


  • The live sector is seeing rising revenues despite high rates of VAT on cultural events. Royalty collections in the country have remained flat for two years with lower collections from some sectors almost offset by gains elsewhere.
  • The optimistic industry figures come at a time when the Spanish economy is continuing to register signs of improvement. However, the Spanish music sector, particularly recorded music, has a long way to go before it can declare itself out of the woods.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers all aspects of the Spanish music industry current to November 2016.
  • Details recorded-music sales, music retail, broadcasting, live music, and royalty collections.

Key questions answered

  • What was behind the turnaround in recorded-music sales in the last couple of years?
  • How did Spain's music festivals perform this year compared with 2015?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Continued progress for the recorded-music sector
  • Music companies

Music retail

  • Department stores dominate physical format retailing
  • Rapidly developing digital sector
  • Digital infrastructure and access developments

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • The ongoing piracy problem
  • Royalty collections


  • Radio slowly transitioning to digital
  • Digital terrestrial the dominant TV platform


  • Live sales continue to rise
  • Buoyant festival sector


  • Methodology
  • Author

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