Global recorded music sales totalled US $19.1 billion in 2018.

Key Statistics

Here are some key statistical highlights of the global recording industry in 2018.

  • $19.1bn

    Recording Industry

    Total value of the recording industry in 2018 (US $)

    Facts & Stats
  • +32.9%

    Paid streaming

    growth in paid streaming in 2018

    Facts & Stats
  • 58.9%

    Digital Channels

    Proportion of global industry revenues from digital channels

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  • $5.8bn

    A&R and Marketing

    Record companies’ investment in A&R and marketing annually (US $)

    Facts & Stats

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  • Facts & Stats

    An overview of the industry

  • Best Sellers

    Top global performing artists of 2017

  • Consumer research

    How music fans are engaging


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