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This update of the music industry in the US offers a detailed analysis of all of the country's main music industry sectors.


  • The US is the biggest music market in the world. Not only does it account for around one-third of global recorded-music sales, it is home to the world's largest live music sector and the single biggest live music promoter, Live Nation Entertainment.
  • The US also has two of the leading authors' rights organizations, ASCAP and BMI, and has quickly become the biggest performance rights market for record companies and performers, despite the fact the country's collection agency, SoundExchange, only collects royalties from digital music services.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the US music industry with all of the latest published figures and indicators.
  • Assesses recorded-music sales, spending on concert tickets, royalty collections, and the music retail sector.

Key questions answered

  • By how much did recorded-music consumption rise in 2017?
  • Why did SoundExchange royalty collections fall in 2017?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • US sales of recorded music in 2017

Music retail

  • New-style digital music services

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Appeal court sides with BMI over full-work licensing
  • Royalty collections


  • Traditional radio listening remains steady
  • The biggest TV broadcast market in the world


  • Ticket sales top record levels
  • Music sponsorship spending growth


  • Methodology
  • Author

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