Spanish Music Industry Observes 'A Day Without Music' Protest Against Concert Tax
A statement from Promusicae called subscription services and ad-supported streaming a “salvation” for a music industry sunk by piracy and an overall economic crisis. The positive outlook for 2015 followed good news that came at the end of 2014, when Spain achieved its first year-over-year gain in music sales in more than a decade. Spain’s current numbers are still far from those achieved in 2001, a banner year which was followed by a dip in music sales of more than 80%.
The new report found streaming to be the only form of music consumption that is on the rise in Spain. Physical sales dipped over the first six months of the year to €31.6 million ($34.7 million); downloads were down 3.7% from this item last year; and consumers continued to lose interest in ring tones and other mobile phone music products.
"The strength of streaming allows the Spanish recording sector to maintain a certain hope entering the second and decisive semester,” Promusicae sources said, citing holiday sales and the performance of Apple Music as decisive factors for the year-end outcome in Spain.
Spanish Recording Industry Has First Gain in Music Sales in Over a Decade
At the beginning of 2015, Promusicae debuted a weekly chart that combines track streams and downloads to reflect "a more meaningful picture of the Spanish phonographic scene.”
Alejandro Sanz’s album Sirope, and Gente de Zona’s track “La Gozadera,” featuring Marc Anthony, are currently at the top of those respective album and song charts.