Why is the US share of global recorded music revenue growing?
In 2011, the US accounted for 26% of global recorded music revenues. In 2019, that share had grown to 36% according to industry body the IFPI's figures, despite that period covering considerable global expansion for music...
May 22, 2020
Were independents the big winners from 2019 streaming growth?
We covered the launch of the IFPI’s latest Global Music Report yesterday, and the official figures showing that global recorded music revenues grew by 8.2% to $20.2bn in 2019 – the biggest total since 2004. Now...
May 5, 2020
Global recorded music industry grew by 8.2% in 2019 says IFPI
Music industry body the IFPI was due to publish its annual Global Music Report in March, with data on worldwide recorded music revenues in 2019. The launch was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the report has now...
May 4, 2020
Official: Japanese band Arashi had the biggest album of 2019
The IFPI has now postponed the planned release of its Global Music Report on 24 March, but it is continuing to reveal some of the league tables from its stats section. Taylor Swift was the top global artist of 2019, and...
March 20, 2020
Billie Eilish ‘Bad Guy’ was the biggest global single of 2019
Billie Eilish is going to need to build a new awards cabinet soon: her latest trophy is the IFPI’s award for the biggest global single of 2019, awarded to ‘Bad Guy’. The track notched up 19.5m ‘global converted...
March 10, 2020
Universal Music dominates IFPI’s artist chart of 2019
Congratulations to Taylor Swift, who was named yesterday by the IFPI as its global recording artist of 2019. She tops a chart calculated by aggregating streams, digital and physical sales globally, weighted by the value of...
March 3, 2020
Report: global value of music copyright reached $30.1bn in 2018
One of the quirks of the way the music industry makes its market data available is that we tend to talk about the ‘value of the industry’ purely in terms of recordings: thanks to the IFPI’s annual Global Music Report....
March 2, 2020
IFPI and WIN to launch ‘Repertoire Data Exchange’ service
The latest music-industry initiative attempting to tackle metadata muddles comes from two global bodies: the IFPI and WIN. It’s called the Repertoire Data Exchange (RDx for short) and is about unifying data passed between...
October 23, 2019
Music listening in 2019: 10 takeaways from the IFPI’s new report
Global music-industry body the IFPI has published its latest 'Music Listening' report, for 2019, based on a survey of 34,000 people in 21 countries. Whereas the body's annual Global Music Report focuses on revenues, this...
September 24, 2019
Indian music industry debates potential for paid music subs
“I think we’re on course,” said Blaise Fernandes, the president and CEO of India’s official recorded music industry body the Indian Music Industry, when asked on a status update on the country’s plan to break into...
August 28, 2019
IFPI responds to Plácido Domingo sexual-harassment allegations
Opera star and IFPI chairman Plácido Domingo has been accused of sexual harassment by nine women, with dozens of others telling Associated Press that they witnessed such behaviour from him. Its report was published yesterday,...
August 14, 2019
IFPI Sweden boss calls for debate on a Spotify price-rise
Sweden is Spotify’s homeland, and one of the most mature music-streaming markets: 90% of its recorded-music revenues in 2018 came from streaming, fuelling 4% overall growth. So it’s fascinating to see the CEO of IFPI...
April 25, 2019