Indie Labels Now Account for 39.9% of the Global Recorded Music Market

77% all indie artists additionally select to resume their contracts at indie labels.

These ‘indie v. main’ percentages at all times stir some debate, just because the definition ‘indie’ is so fluid.  In many instances, an ‘indie’ is definitely distributed via a significant, with heaps massive label providers connected.  But in accordance with a brand new report from the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), indie label progress has surpassed that the key labels.

Indie report labels accounted for 39.9% the worldwide recorded music market in 2017, per the report.  This marks a 1.5% enhance over 2016.

Indie labels additionally skilled an 11.three% year-on-year progress, bringing in $6.9 billion.  The relaxation the worldwide recorded music market – i.e., the majors – skilled a 10.2% progress, bringing in $6.2 billion.  In addition, 22.four% impartial income was distributed by main label distributors.  Indie artists additionally noticed a 46% enhance in streaming income.

Underscoring the indie music sector’s sturdy loyalty charge, 77% artists world wide selected to resume their contracts with impartial labels, in accordance with the discovering.

Breaking down this determine by nation, Spain had the very best indie artist loyalty charge at 97%.  Brazil and The Netherlands adopted shut behind with a 94% and a 93% share, respectively.  Denmark and Australia rounded out the highest 5 international locations with a respective 90% and 89% share.

The United States ranked at #10 amongst indie artist loyalty with 84%, whereas the UK stood at #17 with 63%.

Revealing potential turbulent situations within the native indie sectors, Italy and Belgium took the final two spots with a 41% and a 36% indie artist loyalty share.

Artists’ direct income additionally grew to $101 million in 2017, up from $94 million in 2016.

Per the breakdown, impartial labels now have a 40% market share, whereas main labels have 60%.

Breaking down the market share by nation, indie music firms have an 89.2% share South Korea’s recorded music market.  Japan ranked second with a 63.7% market share.  The US got here in third with 38%.

The common indie label now receives 31% its income from abroad markets.  Indie labels obtain 69% from their house market.

Speaking on the report, Alison Wenham highlighted only one reality from the report.

She added regardless of the problem the indie music scene confronted in 2018, 2019 could show a greater yr.

Mark Mulligan’s MiDiA Research and Music Ally produced the report alongside WIN.

You can view the whole report beneath.


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