4 Big Takeaways From RIAA Mid-Year 2019 Report


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The RIAA has released its annual mid-year report and its shows a U.S. recorded music market in strong growth mode. Total revenue grew 18% to $5.4 billion in the first half of 2019.

  • Streaming now accounts for 80% of recorded music industry revenues
  • The number of paid music subscriptions are growing at the rate of 1 million per month, exceeding 60 million for the first time.
  • 20% of a major label’s roster of artists signed fresh each year.
  • 7 in 10 unsigned artists still want a label deal “to help them make it in an increasingly complicated and high-tech business."

  • Rad the full RIAA Mid-Year 2019 report (pdf).

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