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Taking its cue from Ovum's consumer Trends to Watch report series, this research note picks out three key trends – two tech innovations and one relating to legislation – that music industry players should keep an eye on in 2018.


  • Greater transparency could transform royalty payments.
  • Beyond the hype, VR is starting to show real promise.
  • The value gap is closing.

Features and Benefits

  • Examines three key trends set to have a big impact on the recorded-music industry in 2018.
  • Discusses the emergence of blockchain in the context of royalty processing.

Key questions answered

  • How can the music industry benefit from blockchain?
  • How will VR add a new dimension to the live and recorded-music sectors?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Greater transparency could transform royalty payments
  • Beyond the hype, VR is starting to show real promise
  • The value gap is closing


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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