The music trade has been dancing on the precipice of a sweeping streaming takeover for years. According to a latest report from the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), that transition was solidified with a reported music streaming progress of 30% in 2018 alone.
The $7.four billion in categorical income got here from predicted streaming mammoths like Spotify and YouTube, in addition to digital radio hubs like Pandora and SiriusXM. The music enterprise at giant was heftily bolstered by paid subscriptions to those streaming domains, accounting for over half the trade’s yearly takeaway for the primary time ever.
While digital downloads lately accounted for almost half of trade gross sales, it spent 2018 persevering with its swift decline, ending with roughly $1 billion in whole income, dropping a large 25% from 2017, and garnering simply 11% of the trade pie. Mirroring downloads is bodily gross sales, down 23% in 2018 alone, with $1.15 billion in gross sales.
A shiny spot for the latter sector, nonetheless, got here within the type of a agency incline in vinyl gross sales, which noticed its most worthwhile yr ($419 million) since 1988, which ought to come as no shock to those that’ve been tuning in to trade traits of the previous decade or so.
The 2018 report in full may be discovered here.
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