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HOME RUN DERBY
Going yard (7/11a)
SONG REVENUE:
SCHLEMIEL, SHABOOZEY
Th epitome of new country (7/11a)
GRAMMY PRE-CHEW:
THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIG 4
On your Marks, get set, go. (7/8a)
TOWARD A FRUITFUL GRAMMY SEASON
Our editurr in chief has something on his mined. (7/10a)
SABRINA TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS WITH TOUR MERCH?
Her table's stacked. (7/10a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
Blighty Beat
RECORDED MUSIC REVENUES UP 4.7%
3/9/23

U.K. recorded music revenues rose 4.7% in 2022, reach £1.32b, according to figures from the BPI. Streaming revenues rose 6.3%.

Streaming revenues in the U.K. reached £885m last year, now accounting for 67.2% of industry totals — up from 66.2% in 2021. Paid subscriptions rose 4.8% to £762.8m, while ad-funded streaming income grew by 22.3% to £62.5m.

The £1.32b figure represents an eighth consecutive year of growth. When adjusted for inflation, however, it falls hundreds of millions of pounds below the total reported in 2006—the first year to include sync and public performance.

“The U.K. environment has always enabled recorded music to thrive but now we need the music community to unite and create the impetus for further growth so that we can build on an already strong foundation to futureproof the success of British music in an increasingly competitive global music market,” Sophie Jones, BPI Chief Strategy Officer and interim CEO, said, warning against “any complacency in the face of growing challenges.”

Vinyl rose 3.1% to £119.5m as LPs now account for 55% of physical revenue and have overtaken CDs for the first time since 1987. Revenue from all physical formats, however, dipped 10.5% to £215.7m with CD sales dropping 23.7% to £89.5m. Digital downloads fell 17.5% to £27.6m.

Sync revenues rose 39% to £42.7m. Income from the public performance of music, which was similarly impacted by the COVID-19 hiatus, also showed growth, up 23% in 2022 to £143.3m.