Studies

by Mike Masnick


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live, music, revenue, sweden



More Charts The Record Labels Don't Want You To See: Swedish Musicians Making More Money

from the artists-are-doing-better-than-ever dept

We've already discussed the research on the UK music industry that shows both that live revenue is more than making up the decline in recorded revenue and that musicians themselves are making more revenue than ever before. Some people have suggested that this is a UK-only phenomenon, but a worldwide study found the same thing as well. And, now it looks like the same is being found in Sweden as well -- home of The Pirate Bay, which we keep being told is destroying the industry. Swedish indie record label owner Martin sends in the news on data from the Swedish music industry, which looks quite similar to the UK data. First, it shows that while there was a tiny dip in overall revenue, it's back up to being close to it's high, mostly because of a big growth in live music:

Chart by Daniel Johansson

Basically, recorded revenues dropped. Collections stayed about the same, but live grew. More importantly, though, is the second chart, which shows the revenue for actual musicians. And that's going in one direction: up.

Chart by Daniel Johansson

And yet, The Pirate Bay is destroying the ability to make music, right? Funny that the numbers don't seem to support that at all. Basically, these charts are showing the same thing that those other studies have shown. More music is being created. There is greater "discovery" of new music. There are greater revenue opportunities for musicians, and the only part of the business that appears to be suffering is the part that involves selling plastic discs. Yes, that sucks if your business was based on selling plastic discs, but for those who can adapt and adjust, there is more money than ever before to be made. That sorta goes against the claims that "piracy" is somehow destroying the industry, doesn't it?

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    Lobo Santo's Ugly :, 14 Dec 2009 @ 6:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: The report

    Just on the basis that they raise these issues is an indication that there is something to look at further.

    The major shift on sales in Sweden has been noted before:

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091125/1018597087.shtml

    Mike tried his damnedest to try to make it sound like anti-consumer industry tactics were to blame, and buried the massive increase in sales in the body of the text. The real headline was the rapid uptick in music sales as soon as people realizes they couldn't infringe with impunity. Seeing sales up 18% overall and 80% increase in digital would be headline news if it went the other way. Most importantly, it would at least for 2009 signficantly reverse the trend and indicate that piracy has a significant impact on sales.

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