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This research note contains the first roundup of music statistics analysis for April 2019.


  • Bertelsmann music rights management subsidiary BMG recorded growth in its revenue and results last year, with earnings boosted by a solid performance in its US, UK, and German core markets.
  • Retail sales of Latin music in the US increased 18.4% last year, to $413.4m, from $349.2m, according to figures published by the RIAA.
  • Recorded-music trade revenue in Sweden increased 3.5% last year, to SEK1.4695bn ($169.4m), from SEK1.4127bn in 2017.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the latest music statistics news from the last two weeks. The publication by the IFPI of global trade sales has prompted a number of national music associations to detail trade and retail sales of recorded music.
  • Among the figures are BMG revenue; Apple Android installs; US Latin, Sweden, Australia, Spain, and South Africa music sales; and the latest details of Japan's live music sector.

Key questions answered

  • How did South Africa's recorded-music sector perform in 2018?
  • What share of Australian recorded-music trade revenue was generated by access services in 2018?

Table of contents

BMG revenue; Apple Android; US Latin, Sweden, Australia, Spain, and South Africa music sales; Japan live

  • Organic growth boosts BMG revenue
  • Global Apple Music Android installs top 40 million
  • Sharp rise in US Latin music retail spend
  • Modest increase for music trade income in Sweden
  • Fourth year of growth for Australian recorded-music revenue
  • Recovery of Spanish recorded-music sector continues
  • Subscriptions take the lead from CDs in South Africa
  • ACPC reports record year for live music in Japan


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