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This update provides a detailed analysis of all of the UK's main music industry sectors.


  • The UK's recorded-music industry is going through a positive period. Three straight years of decline ended in 2013 with a rise in trade earnings. Although revenue has slipped back in the two subsequent years, the country has registered two consecutive years of growth.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers all aspects of the UK music industry.
  • Focuses on recorded-music trade and retail sales, royalty collections, live music valuation, and details of digital music services.

Key questions answered

  • What is the biggest revenue source for authors and publishers in the UK?
  • Which of the three major record companies saw an increase in market share in 2017?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Second straight year of recorded-music growth
  • Genre sales and the dominance of pop and rock
  • Record companies

Music retail

  • Three straight years of retail sales growth

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Collection growth at home and abroad for PRS
  • Collection growth at home and abroad for PPL


  • UK radio a diverse and competitive sector
  • Little change expected in TV platform access share


  • Measuring the worth of the live music sector
  • Tightening control over the secondary ticketing sector
  • Supporting small venues


  • Methodology
  • Author