Global recorded music sales totalled US $15.0 billion in 2015.

The recording industry’s global revenues for 2015 came from a range of different revenue streams, from downloads to subscription and performance rights.

  • 39% Physical
    format sales
  • 45% Digital
  • 2% Synchronisation
  • 14% Performance
Key Statistics

Here are some key statistical highlights of the global recording industry in 2013.

  • $15.0b

    Recording Industry

    Total value of the recording industry in 2015

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  • $4.3b

    A&R and Marketing

    Record companies’ investment in A&R and marketing in 2013

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  • 45%

    Digital Channels

    Proportion of global industry revenues from digital channels

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  • +4.4%

    Rights Revenue

    Growth in performance rights revenue in 2015

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    An overview of the industry

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    Top global performing artists of 2015

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    Discovering, nurturing, promoting artists

  • Consumer research

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