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With all the world’s major recorded-music markets and a good number of smaller ones having published midyear trade figures, an assessment of the results suggests global recorded-music trade earnings could be heading for a particularly positive full year.


  • Based on the numbers, combined global trade revenue from the sale of physical and digital recorded music and income from music access services will rise at the highest rate for more than 20 years.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the performance of the global recorded-music sector in the first half of this year.
  • Extrapolates results from the first half of the year into the second half and projects the likely full-year growth rate.

Key questions answered

  • How much will global recorded-music trade sales rise this year?
  • What are the prospects for further growth in 2018 and beyond?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Global recorded-music trade earnings set for a big rise
  • Mostly positive performance in Europe
  • Recorded music firmly on the rebound


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