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


  • Independent music company licensing agency Merlin has published its business report for the year to March 2019.
  • Slovenian authors' society SOZA has reported a big rise in royalty collections for last year. The total was up 16.3%, to €15.2m, from €13.1m in 2017.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the latest music statistics news and details published in the final two weeks of June.
  • Covers distribution to Merlin members, Slovakian authors' society SOZA's results, Hipgnosis financial details, and an assessment of US midyear music consumption.

Key questions answered

  • What share of Slovakian authors' society SOZA's collections were from digital sources in 2018?
  • How did the rise in audio on streams compare with video in the first half of 2019?

Table of contents

Merlin details, SOZA results, Hipgnosis financials, US smart speakers, US midyear music consumption, EC survey

  • Rising distributions and optimism for Merlin members
  • Cable retransmission boosts SOZA collections
  • Hipgnosis Songs reports first results since IPO
  • Music tops smart speaker requests in the US
  • Slowdown in US audio steaming growth
  • Interest in cross-border streaming growing, but EU consumers still confused


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