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The US is the biggest music market in the world. Not only does it account for around one-third of global recorded-music sales, the country is home to the largest live music sector in the world and the biggest live music promoter, Live Nation Entertainment.


  • The US has two of the biggest authors’ rights organizations, ASCAP and BMI, and has quickly become the world leader in performance rights collections for record companies and performers, despite the fact the country’s collection agency, SoundExchange, collects royalties only from digital music services.
  • The US is making significant headway in its second digital-music transition.

Features and Benefits

  • Includes the latest details of all sectors of the country's music industry.
  • Assesses recorded-music and live sales and royalty collections, and analyzes US digital infrastructure.

Key questions answered

  • What share of total recorded-music consumption came from streaming in 2016?
  • How big is the US live sector compared with its recorded-music counterpart?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • US recorded-music sales in 2016

Music retail

  • Rapid shift from ownership to access
  • Digital infrastructure and access developments

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Rate court sides with BMI over full-work licensing
  • BMI and GMR in dispute with radio broadcasters
  • Royalty collections


  • Traditional radio listening and the digital competition
  • The biggest TV broadcast market in the world


  • Ticket sales top record levels
  • Better Online Ticket Sales Act signed into law


  • Methodology
  • Author

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