CISAC report reveals growth in global music collections
CISAC, the global collecting-societies body, has published its annual 'Global Collections Report' setting out the collections of its 239 members in more than 120 countries. As ever, it's a useful counterpart to the IFPI's...
November 7, 2019
Primavera Sound goes ticketless as Dice expands to Spain
Spanish live firm Primavera Sound is going to take its events ticketless, including its flagship festival in Barcelona. The company is doing it via an exclusive multi-year partnership with ticketing startup Dice, which will...
October 17, 2019
Country Profile – Spain 2019
After a blockbuster first half of the year, the Spanish music industry saw an unlikely spike in CD sales. While that might be a temporary blip, overall growth was at 27% and the news from Spain is hugely positive
September 25, 2019
Y Viva España! Spanish music revenues up 27% in first half of 2019
Remember when Spain was one of the world’s recorded-music basket cases, thanks to piracy? No more. The years between 2014 and 2018 saw steady growth (5.4%, 10%, 6.7%, 6.1% and 5.9% respectively according to the IFPI) of...
September 5, 2019
CISAC says SGAE expulsion was ‘regrettable but essential’
In May this year, the general assembly of collecting-societies body CISAC voted to expel Spanish society SGAE, temporarily, in the wake of the long-running controversy around ‘The Wheel’ (a system that saw some of the...
June 13, 2019
Collecting society SGAE under pressure from Spanish government
The long-simmering controversies around Spanish collecting society SGAE are coming to a head, with news that the government there is seeking a partial takeover of the organisation. Billboard reported that the Spanish government...
February 11, 2019
Country Profile – Spain 2018
After a “dark period” of decline from 2002–13, Spain’s music revenues have climbed over the last four years. But the question now is whether the market has started to plateau in the face of the usual obstacles
September 19, 2018
YouTube now bigger than ad-supported audio streaming in Spain
Spain was once an infamous basket-case of the global music industry as far as recorded music went, with piracy laying waste to music sales to a greater extent than other countries in the developed world.
September 7, 2018
Report claims global publishers may pull out of SGAE
Spanish collecting society SGAE is facing a big problem in early 2019: the potential for some of the world’s biggest publishers to take their catalogues elsewhere. Warner/Chappell, Peermusic, Sony/ATV, Universal Publishing...
July 4, 2018
Blockchain startup Voise prepares for alpha-client launch
We wrote about blockchain/music startup Voise in June when we spotted its profile on an investment site: the Spanish-headquartered firm is working on a decentralised music streaming and downloading platform for independent...
July 24, 2017
Spain recorded-music market grows thanks to 1m subscribers
Piracy once made Spain one of the basket cases of the global music market, but in 2016 the country saw its music sales grow by 1.7% thanks to streaming subscriptions. That’s a third consecutive year of growth, with industry...
February 1, 2017