Country profile – Netherlands 2016
The Netherlands is, in many ways, the perfect market – combining growing digital revenues with strong physical sales. We look at how they’ve managed it and how much longer this “best of both worlds” scenario can...
September 28, 2016
Country profile – Norway 2016
Norway is one of the bright lights of the streaming revolution, but issues around YouTube and the value gap as well as the shift to digital radio (and the killing of FM broadcast) could pull the rug out from under streaming’s...
August 31, 2016
Country profile – Belgium 2016
Belgium is a market that is growing but also one that is suffering from a lack of localisation by digital services. Rather than be seen as an “outpost” of the Netherlands, now is the time for streaming services to start...
August 6, 2016
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...
July 6, 2016
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...
June 22, 2016
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...
June 8, 2016
Country profile – UK 2016
This country profile is on the UK where the pain of the “value gap” (accelerated by YouTube) is being sharply felt. The BPI is predicting that streaming will go truly mainstream this year but until the industry can properly...
May 25, 2016
Country profile – Mexico 2016
This country profile is on Mexico where the recorded music market grew 14.4% in 2015. Streaming is marching towards triumph and Spotify is benefitting the most as the country is now its third largest market in terms of active...
May 11, 2016
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...
April 27, 2016
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...
April 13, 2016
Country profile – Nigeria 2016
This country profile is on Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa. For a market that is not written about much by the international media, there are a lot of exciting things happening here. Sony Music is investing heavily...
March 30, 2016