Recorded Music Business Grew 8.1% In First Half Of 2016 Driven By Spotify, Apple Music
After a decade of decline, the U.S. recorded music business is growing for the second year in a row, according to the RIAA. Driving the trend is the revenue source that the music business loves to hate – streaming, and in particular Spotify and Apple.
Retail spending in U.S. recorded music business grew 8.1% to $3.4 billion in the first half of 2016, according to new stats from the RIAA. That marks the second consecutive year of growth, after more than a decade of decline; and the first back to back growth years since 1998-1999.
In the mid to late 1990's, recorded music sales revenue peaked at $7 billion yearly.
Driving the new growth are Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and their competitors.
Streaming revenue in the U.S. was up 57% to $1.6 billion in the same 6 months, accounting for almost half of total industry sales revenues. Paid streaming subscriptions totaled $1.01 billion, according to the RIAA. Ad sales on free on-demand streamers grew 24 % to $195 million in the last 6 months.
The numbers should rise again in the next 6 -12 months as Amazon and Pandora introduce new streaming services.