Streaming pushed Spain’s record industry revenues up 4% to $158m in H1 2020… despite pandemic

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The file trade confronted some dire predictions for this 12 months following the shutdown of retail shops and licensed public locations after COVID-19 hit.

Stated predictions included a forecast from Spanish commerce physique ProMusicae (whose members embrace the three main music firms) that annual subscription streaming revenues in Spain would fall by €50m in 2020 in comparison with the prior 12 months.

We’ll say it with warning, however in fact, these considerations now look a little excessive.

Final month we discovered that Germany’s recorded music trade was up 4.8% within the first six months of 2020 on a retail foundation.

And at the moment (September 8), ProMusicae has introduced that Spain’s file trade noticed a income improve of 4% within the first half of this 12 months, despite the pandemic.

Recorded music trade revenues generated in H1 2020, in accordance with figures compiled by the Spanish affiliation (which represents nearly 95% of Spain’s recorded music trade) reached €145.1 million ($158.4m).

That in comparison with €139.5m recorded in the identical interval in 2019.

Bear in mind: These figures come simply 5 months after Promusicae printed a report projecting that Spain’s recorded music trade would see a year-on-year fall of over €100m in annual revenues throughout 2020 because of the results of Coronavirus.

That projected stoop included round €40m from a drop-off in bodily music gross sales, and that extra €50m fall in streaming revenues.

Regardless of these dire mid-lockdown forecasts, the Spanish file trade as an entire loved a buoyant first half of the 12 months – due to music streaming.



Spain’s audio streaming subscription revenues elevated by 17% from €77.1m in 2019 to €90.2m ($98.5m) in H1 2020, in accordance with Promusicae.

And revenues generated by free/ad-supported audio streaming tiers, in the meantime, have been up 55.7% year-on-year, to €16.1m ($17.6m).

And promoting revenues from video platforms (YouTube, Vevo) grew 14.9% year-on-year, reaching €16.3m ($17.8m).

General digital revenues in Spain have been up 18.9% to €127.1m ($138.8m) in H1 2020, representing nearly 88% of the market’s complete gross sales.


As predicted, Spain’s bodily market was “irrevocably hampered” by the closure of outlets resulting from Coronavirus, in accordance with ProMusicae, however not as severely as projected by the commerce physique again in April.

Half-year CD gross sales plummeted by greater than 50%, down from €24.2m in H1 2019 to €10.6m ($11.6m) within the first half of 2020.

Gross sales of vinyl albums shrunk 7.7%, from €7.8m within the first half of 2019 to €7.2m ($7.9m) in H1 2020.

CD nonetheless claims a 58.2% share of Spain’s bodily market, with Vinyl accounting for 40%. Video and bodily singles account for 1.3% and 0.5%, respectively.

“The truth that the trade has confirmed to be resilient to the Covid disaster within the first half of 2020 may be very rewarding.”

Antonio Guisasola, Promusicae

Promusicae’s President Antonio Guisasola, mentioned: “Following lengthy years of effort, innovation, adaptation and funding of the trade, we will now boast about having reached an trade with excessive ranges of digitalisation within the distribution of recorded music which, in circumstances as at the moment’s, advantages us and that sadly different financial sectors haven’t been in a position to obtain.

“The truth that the trade has confirmed to be resilient to the Covid disaster within the first half of 2020 may be very rewarding and the results of firms’ profitable digital technique [in previous] years.

“In pandemic and residential lockdown instances, recording firms have just about been the only real earnings supply for a lot of artists, given the overall exercise drop and the impossibility to rearrange reside concert events”.

Added Guisasola: “It’s completely key to place these optimistic figures into the overall context of the music trade, as a result of the slight trade development this semester can not detract from the magnitude of the disaster we shall be dealing with within the second half of the 12 months, significantly intense for the reside sector, with devastating results for artists and for everybody concerned within the creation of worth”.


All € to $ forex conversions made at 1.092 USD-to-EUR H1 2020 common, as estimated in Vivendi’s half-year outcomes.Music Enterprise Worldwide

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