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Country profile – Spain 2016

This country profile is on Spain that was, just seven years ago, close to being dismissed as a lost cause. Free is the reality in the market but, with the move from downloads to streaming, this is proving a lifeline rather...

Country profile – Malaysia 2016

This country profile is on Malaysia where the market is still in decline and piracy is still getting the blame. But to understand what is really going on there, one has to understand the complex local economy. While there...

Country profile – Switzerland 2016

This country profile is on Switzerland, an incredibly rich nation but one where selling music has been an uphill struggle. Streaming is helping to turn this around, however, with this year already shaping up to be a positive...

Country profile – USA in 2016

This country profile is on the US, the epicentre of the global music industry. Streaming is rising and downloads are declining, but the full picture of what is happening there (and the impact Apple Music’s launch and Rdio’s...

Country profile – Sweden 2016

This country profile focuses on Sweden where, after a slight dip in 2014, growth was recorded again in 2015. Streaming is still rising there but, as one of the most developed markets, due in no small part to Spotify’s...

Country profile – Peru 2016

This country profile is on Peru which has, in the past six years, seen impressively sharp growth – but that has now started to slow down. While Spotify is having an impact (helped by it being first in the market), Apple...

Country profile – Thailand 2016

This country profile is on Thailand where mobile is the biggest driver but slow mobile network speeds have been seen as a barrier to subscription services taking off properly. YouTube is, however, proving its worth as a...

Country Profile: South Korea

Recorded music revenue in South Korea grew around 20% in 2016, according to local executives, with little signs of the country’s recent digital-led boom running out of road. South Korea experienced double-digit growth...

Country Profile – Brazil 2016

Streaming raced ahead last year to offset download declines in the country that hosted the 2016 Rio olympics. The overall market declined due to plunging CD sales, but with streaming heralding the first time that legal music...