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Introduction

The continued rise in music streaming in the UK coupled with the ongoing revival in vinyl boosted consumption levels and retail sales of recorded music last year.

Highlights

  • The continued rise in music streaming in the UK coupled with the ongoing revival in vinyl boosted consumption levels and retail sales of recorded music last year.
  • According to figures published by the music trade organization the BPI, consumption of digital music widened the gap with physical formats, while estimates from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) showed spending on music subscriptions more than offset lower sales of downloads and CD albums.

Features and Benefits

  • This research note details UK recorded-music sales figures for 2016 compared with 2015, broken out by the different formats.
  • The note also picks out the notable sales milestones in the BPI and ERA figures.

Key questions answered

  • What share of total recorded-music consumption in the UK is generated by music subscriptions?
  • By how much did retail sales of vinyl rise last year?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Streaming and vinyl the big positives for UK recorded music
  • Streaming set to overtake the CD album
  • Growth in recorded-music retail sales

Appendix

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