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IMS Business Report 2023: Global recorded music revenue growth slows but remains strong at $31.2 billion

The latest edition of the IMS Business Report finds that global recorded music revenue growth increased at a slower rate in 2022 compared to 2021, but remains strong.

Music industry experts have once again gathered up for the release of the IMS (International Music Summit) Business Report, a study that reveals what’s currently shaping the industry and how it’s progressing as a whole. This year, the IMS business report, published by Mark Mulligan  MIDiA Research, revealed to us the continued growth occurring in global recorded music revenue, which is now valued at $31.2 billion (previously valued at $29.3 billion in 2021).

Although 2021 saw a higher growth rate of 25% (global recorded music revenue increased from $23.5 billion in 2020 to $29.3 billion in 2021), 2022’s slower 7% growth is still considered to be significantly strong. This is because 2022 was a “back to reality year for recorded music” considering that growth in 2021 was largely amplified by the post-Covid book growth. Other factors contributing to the growth rate decrease include the rising costs of living as well as global economic concerns. 



MIDiA IMS Business Report 2023 Page 4

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Out of the $31.2 billion in global record music revenue, $20 billion came from streaming, followed by $4.4 billion in physical, $1.1 billion in digital downloads and $5.7 billion in other monetization formats such as the ones found in social media platforms TikTok and Instagram. Find out more about the 2023 IMS Business Report by downloading it here.


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