Paid music-streaming was worth £418.5m in the UK in 2016
Paid music-streaming revenues in the UK grew by 65.1% to £418.5m last year, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) in its latest annual figures. That helped music revenues overall grow faster than...
January 5, 2017
Vinyl albums outgrossed download albums in UK last week
There is some sketchy reporting around some figures released by the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association yesterday: we’ve seen claims that vinyl is now outselling music downloads in the UK, which is incorrect. Go...
December 7, 2016
ERA boss says exclusives damage streaming sector’s credibility
The chief executive of the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has criticised the trend for album exclusives on music-streaming services. Kim Bayley came down hard on the practice in her keynote speech at...
September 15, 2016
Six of the top 20 UK entertainment products are albums
The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has published its chart of the top entertainment products in the UK in the first half of 2016 – a chart that includes albums, TV/films and games.
July 19, 2016
ERA figures reveal £6.1bn of UK entertainment revenues in 2015
The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association also released its annual figures yesterday. They revealed that the UK’s games, video and music markets totalled £6.1bn in 2015 – with all three sectors recording growth...
January 6, 2016
BPI / ERA ‘multi-channellers’ study links music streams to sales
We've had years of chatter about the extent to which streaming is cannibalising sales of downloads and CDs now. However, British music bodies the BPI and ERA have come out with a report suggesting another trend entirely:...
December 11, 2015
More cars shipping without CD players claims BPI/ERA report
20% of new cars sold in the UK this year won’t have built-in CD players, claims a new report commissioned by music industry bodies the BPI and ERA. That spells a rise for in-car entertainment based on digital services,...
October 30, 2015
Retailers raising voices over global music release date negotiations
Here's the state of play in the debate over whether the music industry should shift to a unified global release date: everyone seems in favour, it's just that they'd like the chosen day of the week to be the one that's already...
October 7, 2014
ERA slams U2 / iTunes giveaway: ‘Dismal failure… devalues music’
The morning after Apple launches a dedicated webpage to help people delete U2's new album from their devices is a good time to issue a press release calling the partnership a "dismal failure". However, the broadside from...
September 16, 2014
ERA boss criticises music industry for ‘opposition’ to innovation
Suggesting that music rightsholders don’t support digital innovation is an age-old argument, but it doesn’t seem to be going away. Latest to wield the digital-dinosaurs stick is Kim Bayley, boss of the UK’s...
June 28, 2014
Streaming makes up a quarter of UK entertainment spend
ERA has published its numbers for digital entertainment revenues in the UK in 2013 with the headline stat being that streaming and access-based services now make up 26% of the market value. But that needs to be put into context...
March 12, 2014