Global Recorded Music Revenue Reportedly Set to Reach $18.9 Billion

Thanks to streaming, anticipate the music trade to expertise robust, however regular progress.

According to a new report, world recorded music income will seemingly hit $18.9 billion on the finish of this 12 months.

That’s based mostly on an evaluation of the primary three quarters of the 12 months and early indicators for This autumn 2018, writes Midia Research’s Mark Mulligan.

The $18.9 billion determine represents an eight.2% improve over final 12 months.  Yet, the year-over-year progress price has dipped barely.  Between 2016 and 2017, world recorded music income grew 9%.  Net new income, nonetheless, will attain $1.four billion, almost the identical quantity as final 12 months.  According to Mulligan, this alerts the recorded music market has now settled “into a gradual, robust progress sample.”

Streaming income can even hit $9.6 billion, up 29% over 2017.  Yet, between 2016 and 2017, streaming income grew 41%.  The quantity of recent income generated was – as with the recorded music complete – the identical as 2016 to 2017: $2.2 billion.  Mulligan additionally famous “sufficient progress” in streaming markets – particularly the US – to make sure streaming stays a ble income subsequent 12 months.

In addition, underscoring the power of the worldwide indie scene, complete Artist Direct (indie artists) income reached $643 million.  This quantity is up a powerful 35% from 2017 and has grown 3 times sooner than your complete market.  In addition, Artist Direct income progress has accelerated in each proportion and absolute phrases, with a three.four% market share.  Last 12 months, that proportion stood at 2.7%.  In their respective experiences, writes Mulligan, labels and measurements corporations gained’t have in mind at-gig CD gross sales.  So, IFPI’s report might are available at $18.6 billion.

Projecting much more progress in 2019.

Mark Mulligan has additionally laid out his projections for subsequent 12 months.

Unsurprisingly, world recorded income will develop as soon as once more in 2019.  Label income might hit $25 billion.  He believes it’s “unrealistic” to anticipate world recorded income to succeed in $50.

In addition, streaming music progress will gradual in mature markets (the US and the UK).  This slowdown might be offset by progress in Japan and Germany in addition to in rising markets together with Mexico and Brazil.  While nonetheless robust, general market progress will decelerate.

Mulligan has additionally dubbed 2019 the 12 months of Artist Direct, label companies, joint ventures, and different different fashions.

Speaking to indies, Mulligan concludes his report,

It’s by no means been a greater time to be an artist, so long as you and / or your administration are clued up sufficient to know what to ask for.”

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