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Introduction

A roundup of the main music statistics published in the first two weeks of February.

Highlights

  • According to the 39th Statistical Report on Internet Development in China, music has again ranked high on the popularity list of applications accessed by online and mobile users in China.
  • New figures published by the performance rights organization SoundExchange at the end of January show that distributions to record companies and recording artists (including spoken-word actors and comedians) increased 10.1% last year, to $883.9m, from $802.6m in 2015.
  • Japanese entertainment company Avex Group has reported a rise in sales for the first nine months of its 2016 financial year (April–December).

Features and Benefits

  • Details the latest music industry statistics and company financials published in the first two weeks of February.
  • Covers China internet stats, SoundExchange distributions, Apple, Avex, SiriusXM financials, and global impact of piracy.

Key questions answered

  • By how much did SoundExchange distributions rise in 2016?
  • How is employment affected by music and media content piracy?

Table of contents

China Internet, SoundExchange, Apple, Avex, PPL international, global piracy report, SiriusXM, Pandora

  • High online and mobile music use in China
  • Record year for annual royalty payments by SoundExchange
  • Strong iPhone sales boost Apple earnings
  • Live and video boost Avex Group earnings
  • Big jump in PPL international income
  • Global impact of piracy to top $4.2tn in six years
  • Record results for SiriusXM
  • Higher earnings but wider losses for Pandora

Appendix

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