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riaa unveils 2020 year-end music report: streaming revenue hits $10 billion

Like they do it each year around this time, RIAA (Recording Market Association of America) has actually launched their year-end report of the music market in the U.S. with some fascinating statistics.

As anticipated, United States tape-recorded music earnings grew 9.2% in 2020 to $12.2 billion, marking the 5th successive year of development for the market, as paid memberships continue to proliferate, thus resulting in increased earnings.

The overall revenue from simply streaming grew 13.4% and topped $10 billion in overall for the very first time, the report states. This classification consists of paid membership services like Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL and Amazon Music Limitless, ad-supported on-demand services such as Vevo, YouTube and the complimentary variation of Spotify, and digital and tailored digital radio like Pandora, SiriusXM, and other Web radio services.

Streaming represented 83% of the overall revenue created by the United States market with rest originating from physical sales (9%), digital downloads (6%) and Synch (2%). In 2020, complete paid memberships grew 14.6% to $7.0 billion, according to the report.

The variety of paid memberships to on-demand streaming services continued to increase at double-digit rates in 2020. The typical variety of memberships grew by 15 million to 75.5 million in 2020, which is the most significant ever increase in a single year. The report discusses that these figures omit limited-tier services, and count multi-user strategies as a single membership.

One fascinating stat is that for the very first time since 1986, sales of vinyl exceeded those of CDs. The overall revenue for physical sales stayed basically the very same at $1.1 billion (down 0.5%) however vinyl grew 28.7% by worth year-over-year to $626 million. On the other hand, earnings from CDs decreased 23% to $483 million.

“It’s a time that checked all of us — and the depths of our dedication to each other. RIAA and our member business have constantly renowned music’s connective force. However 2020 called us to put those words into action in unmatched methods,” stated Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO, RIAA.

“The majority of Americans couldn’t be more all set to turn the page from 2020 into a brand-new year as vaccines assure healing, renewal, and hope. For carrying out artists and artists, returning on phase and reconnecting with audiences and fans merely cannot come prematurely,” he included.

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