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
Spanish government planning new anti-piracy campaign
Piracy was what once made Spain something of a basket-case in terms of the recorded-music industry, although some action to tackle online infringement, plus the growth of legal streaming services, has helped in recent years....
December 7, 2016
Spanish recorded-music market up 4% in first half of 2016
Previously seen as one of the basket-cases of the digital music industry, Spain is continuing its streaming-fuelled revival. Figures released by ProMusicae show that the recorded-music market there rose 4% year-on-year...
September 9, 2016
Report 392 – Burning Question
In our Cover Feature we look at the chaos surrounding both Cür and Guvera and what this tells us about the state of digital music in 2016. The market is tilted towards failure and even long-standing services, despite approaching...
June 22, 2016