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After the collapse of physical formats and the consolidation of piracy, music sales seem to go up head, another year driven by digital media. Globally, House of Hit industry has won more than 13,000 million euros, a figure which represents an encouraging improvement of 3.2% over 2014 and manages to be the largest annual growth since the beginning of the century.

In Spain, also continues the rally. Increases 2014 and 2015 are the first setbacks after an uninterrupted since 2001: red twelve consecutive courses which resulted in losses for the sector of almost 80% of their income.

Global Music Report

So says the latest global report released Music today in London and published IFPI (International Federation of the Recording Industry) annually. These positive data are supported by a significant transformation regarding consumer preferences recorded music: digital formats sales again exceeded physicists.

The unstoppable trend continued for five years, especially since the advent of streaming as a form of online consumption, but this digital advancement has not been a reality in the global figures until last year.

Only three of the major markets, Japan, Germany and France, sales of CDs and vinyl still exceed the income generated through the Internet.

In Spain it has also materialized change consumption in this 2015, but, for now, the division between physical and digital is almost equal. From 2016, if the forecasts are met, the inclination will worsen.

In the overall count, 45% of 2015 revenues come from the digital area, while physical formats are stuck in a modest 39%. The remaining 16% must be imputárselo mostly rights of public communication (radio and television).

While the digital strip undergoes a growth spurt of 10.2%, the physical business contracts at 4.5%. However, it is less than the decline experienced in the years immediately preceding: 8.5% in 2014 and 10.6% for 2013.

The digital gap that has opened branch regarding physical products is explained mainly by the overwhelming acceptance of streaming as a means of musical consumption.

There are now some 68 million fans worldwide who enjoy subscription premium (with payment of monthly fee) platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Napster or Apple Music, where in 2014 were 41 million and in 2010, only eight million users.

The last great musician of the twentieth century, the French Pierre Boulez, has died in Baden-Baden, Germany at age 90, his family has announced. There was a larger myth that Boulez in symphonic music of our time. Elusive, enigmatic, adored by his followers, misunderstood by the general public.

That does not mean it quite difficult to make a very broad perspective of the career of French.Very short: Boulez, along with the other actors of his generation (Karl Heinz Stockhausen and Luigi Nono) took the legacy of the avant – garde of the early twentieth century and opened the camp gates.

He built bridges to art (said his first influence was a painter, Paul Klee, and not a musician, but Klee, in turn, was obsessed by music), to new scientific knowledge, to literature, to the symbolism, to philosophy. Somehow, Boulez was not just one of the great musicians of his time, was also one of the symbols of the era in which he lived.

In his compositions, in their concepts, their serialism presaged the intellectual revolution of the 50s and 60s.That does not mean that his music was easy or enjoyable for anyone. Let no one is shocked by it. Musician’s musician, he often said. Pensador for musicians also could have said.

Some guru can finally let go, “I told you !”. After years of revolutions online and prophecies in the music industry has produced the expected advancement: global sales of digital exceeded in 2014 for the first time to the physical (vinyl discs), according to the annual report of the International Federation Recording Industry (IFPI) released today.

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  • The advantage of about 28 million (6.480 million digital sales against 6,452 for physical) represents. However, a turning point showing that the data came ever closer on the horizon.
  • In fact, in countries like the United States or Sweden, the trend had settled some years ago. Now the domain of digital is consolidating globally, thanks to services streaming like Spotify or Deezer.
  • These channels, which tend to offer its users a subscription of ten euros in exchange for a catalog of millions of items have increased its collection and its audience in recent years.
  • In 2014 already they accounted for a quarter of the revenue of digital music, generating revenues of 1,513 million euros, according to the study of the IFPI.Some guru can finally let go, “I told you !”.
  • After years of revolutions online and prophecies in the music industry has produced the expected advancement: global sales of digital exceeded in 2014 for the first time to the physical (vinyl discs), according to the annual report of the International Federation Recording Industry (IFPI) released today.

The advantage of about 28 million (6.480 million digital sales against 6,452 for physical) represents. However, a turning point showing that the data came ever closer on the horizon.

In fact, in countries like the United States or Sweden, the trend had settled some years ago. Now the domain of digital is consolidating globally, thanks to services streaming like Spotify or Deezer.

These channels, which tend to offer its users a subscription of ten euros in exchange for a catalog of millions of items have increased its collection and its audience in recent years. In 2014 already they accounted for a quarter of the revenue of digital music, generating revenues of 1,513 million euros, according to the study of the IFPI.

The music industry as a whole suffered a reduction in revenue compared to 2013: 0.4% less. And that for once, after 12 years of consecutive decline, Spain offered a positive contribution.

After bottoming in 2013, the worst year ever for the Spanish music industry in 2014 improved both the physical sales (+ 21.2%) and digital (+ 22%).

In advance of this second format, Spain follow a few steps behind sales of vinyl records and even represent 58% of revenues. But the trend seems unstoppable walking towards the future.

“The most likely go towards a model which dominates the digital and the physical world does not disappear, but look very diminished. House of Hit can stay as a niche product, “argues Antonio Guisasola, president of Promusicae, the employer of record in Spain.

Thus, artists like Taylor Swift or Thom Yorke have withdrawn their topics of Spotify, accusing him of leaving only crumbs for musicians. A few weeks ago Jay-Z went even further and launched a new portal for streaming, Tidal.

The platform already has BeyoncĂ© (wife of Jay-Z), Madonna, Alicia Keys, Daft Punk, Jack White, Chris Martin (Coldplay ), Kanye West, Rihanna or Arcade Fire. The idea is to center the artist, for most income is carried. Guisasola does not exactly agree: “Perhaps the current distribution is not fair, but the key is an investment.

You can not remunerate like who risks his talent, musician, and who also risk their money, the producer “.

In the report, the IFPI CEO Frances Moore pointed his finger also against YouTube. He said there video content platforms that are “taking advantage of the laws of copyright,” and believes, are not contributing to the industry all the money that should you.

Hence the battle promised IFPI in 2015. To predict its outcome, of course, would need a guru.

 

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