Sound Recording & Music Publishing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Sound Recording & Music Publishing Market Research Report | SIC J59.200 | Dec 2014

Out of sync: The industry remains off-key due to music piracy and falling record sales

The Sound Recording & Music Publishing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Market Share of Companies
Sony Corporation Sony Corporation market share
Vivendi SA Vivendi SA market share
Warner Music Group Warner Music Group market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The UK Sound Recording and Music Publishing industry produces, promotes and distributes original sound recordings and manages rights for compositions. In addition to being sold in physical and digital form, music produced or copyrighted by the industry is used in a variety of media, including films, TV programmes and video games. The industry encompasses a range of interlinked businesses in the UK music industry, all of which are in a state of flux as the interference that has disrupted the music retailing industry weighs on demand and profit margins.

Over the five years through 2014-15, revenue is expected to remain flat, with the industry estimated to be approximately the same size in terms of revenue in the current year as it was five years earlier... purchase to read more

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Recorded music

The recorded music segment encompasses the distribution and sale of recorded music in physical and digital formats. IBISWorld expects revenue from the sale of recorded music to account for 51.5% of industry revenue in 2014-15. Sales of physical records, such as CDs and LPs, account for about 52% of total recorded music sales. The remaining 48% incorporates digital download sales and revenue from subscription streaming. The majority of revenue from music sales is generated by album sales. Album sales account for almost three-quarters of revenue generated from music sales at the retail level. The overall segment has continued to grow over the past five years as digital revenue has partially offset the decline in physical music sales... purchase to read more


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What is the Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry?

Firms in this industry produce original sound master recordings such as CDs and promote and distribute them to wholesalers, retailers and consumers. Music publishers acquire and register copyrights for compositions; promote, authorise and use compositions in recordings, TV and various other media; and publish music and sheet music. Publishers either own the copyright or act as an administrator of the music copyrights on behalf of the copyright owners. Amateur recording is excluded.

Industry Products
Music publishing Recorded musicRecording studiosOther services
Industry Activities
master copies for records or audio materialSound recording and recording of books on tape or CDPublishing pre-recorded sound and videodiscs or other media formatsPublishing music and sheet musicProducing commercial messages for radio

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