BPI study reveals strength in streaming of catalogue tracks


British music industry body the BPI has been analysing its data on music streams in 2019. It includes the finding that tracks from that year accounted for 21.1% of all streams, with tracks released in 2018 accounting for 18.6%. That means the lion’s share of streams in 2019 in the UK came from tracks released before 2018: 60.3%. It’s important to note that this is all based on analysing the 15,000 most-played tracks of the year – those with more than 1m plays in the UK.

The trend is that older music is growing its share: the 60.3% figure compares to 56.5% in 2018 for tracks defined as ‘catalogue’ according to the BPI.

The body also noted that it’s still the frontline releases that dominate the top of the streaming charts: only three tracks from before 2018 featured in the top 50 for 2019. Its report also highlights the role TikTok is playing in spiking streams of some older tracks: Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ (from 2017) and Mariah Carey’s ‘Obsessed’ (from 2009) being two examples.


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Stuart Dredge

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