Insights IFPI publishes Global Music Report 2021


IFPI’s Global Music Report 2021 shows that the global recorded music market grew by 7.4% in 2020, the sixth consecutive year of growth. The figures show total revenues for 2020 were US$21.6 billion.

According to the Report, growth was driven by streaming, especially by paid subscription streaming revenues, which increased by 18.5%. There were 443 million users of paid subscription accounts at the end of 2020. Total streaming (including both paid subscription and advertising-supported) grew 19.9% and reached $13.4 billion, or 62.1% of total global recorded music revenues. The growth in streaming revenues more than offset the decline in other formats’ revenues, including physical revenues which declined 4.7% and revenues from performance rights, which declined 10.1%, largely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recorded music revenues grew in every region around the world in 2020, including:

  • Latin America maintained its position as the fastest-growing region globally (15.9%) as streaming revenues grew by 30.2% and accounted for 84.1% of the region’s total revenues;
  • Asia grew 9.5% and digital revenues surpassed a 50% share of the region’s total revenues, for the first time. Excluding Japan (which saw a decline of 2.1% in revenue), Asia would have been the fastest-growing region, with exceptional growth of 29.9%;
  • featured as a region in the report for the first time, recorded music revenues in the Africa & Middle East region increased by 8.4%, driven primarily by the Middle East & North Africa region (37.8%). Streaming dominated, with revenues up 36.4%;
  • revenues in Europe, the second-largest recorded music region in the world, grew by 3.5% as strong streaming growth of 20.7% offset declines in all other consumption formats; and
  • the US & Canada region grew 7.4% in 2020: the US market grew by 7.3% and Canadian recorded music revenues grew by 8.1%.

IFPI says that the work and investment of record companies has helped lay the foundations for a predominantly digital industry that proved its resilience against the extraordinary circumstances of 2020. In a challenging year, record companies have worked alongside their artist partners to support them in creating and recording music and the whole sector has continued to drive innovations in the ways fans can experience music around the world. To read IFPI’s press release in full and for links to the Report, click here.