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?

Filed Under: live, music, revenue, sweden


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  1. identicon
    Raybones Ugly Ideas, 15 Dec 2009 @ 5:15am

    Re: Re: Re: The report

    Raybone, the only crap is the stuff covering your eyes and keeping you from accepting what appears to be a reality.

    for 8 years, sales of recorded music went down. There is nothing to suggest that any single artist or whatnot could suddenly change the course of the music industry overnight.

    However, IPRED and other parts of Swedish law came alone, TPB lost it's case, and "suddenly" people are paying for more music, and significantly, the sales of digital version almost doubles. Now, you can "suggest" all you like about a sudden burst in quality of music, and you are welcome to it, but it isn't supported by what is out there.

    Swedish law changed, it is much more difficult to P2P legally, the cloak of anonymous is more easily pierced, which makes it harder for people to "hide" online.

    So you can draw any conclusions you want, I drew mine, it happens to match up with a lot of the evidence that is around right now about sales, and that is all it is. If you cannot accept that perhaps, just maybe, that changes in the laws have changed people's habits...

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