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This update contains a detailed analysis of all of Germany's main music industry sectors.


  • Retail sales of recorded music in Germany are on something of a roll at the moment. German trade association BVMI reported a fourth consecutive year of growth in January, with a big jump in revenue from subscriptions and streaming fully offsetting the falls in spending on CD albums and music downloads.

Features and Benefits

  • Details all the main music industry sectors.
  • Assesses music sales, the retail and live sectors, and royalty collections.

Key questions answered

  • What share of German recorded-music sales are from digital sources?
  • What impact is Live Nation having on the leading German music promoters?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Four straight years of growth for recorded-music sales
  • Repertoire and genre sales
  • Music companies

Music retail

  • Steady pace for retail transition
  • Digital infrastructure and access

Royalty collections

  • GEMA collections buoyed by YouTube and private copying
  • Private copying boosts GVL collections


  • Europe’s largest radio broadcast market
  • Digital dominates TV households

Live music

  • Corporatization changing the German live sector
  • The evolving German festival sector


  • Methodology
  • Author

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