BBMAs 2018

Digital Rise Boosts 2015 Music Sales in Spain 7 Percent to $180.4 Million

Josh Maready
Alejandro Sanz  

Alejandro Sanz topped album sales, while "El Perdon" was No. 1 song of the year.

Sales of recorded music increased in Spain for the second year in a row, with an almost seven percent boost fueled by the notable rise of streaming in a country long plagued by piracy, according to figures released by Spain’s Promusicae. It was the second consecutive year that Spain’s music market saw growth, following a twelve-year slump. Spaniards spent €160.2 million ($180.4) on music in 2015, besting 2014’s total of 149.9 million.

Streaming brought in €64.5 million last year, with paid subscriptions increasing more than 35 percent.

Physical sales dipped 6.7 percent, to €81.1 million, 6.7 percent below than 2014 (€87 million). Still, the digital market took 49.4 percent of the market share, physical 50.6 percent. The report predicted that digital music would overtake physical in 2016. In 2001, sales in Spain brought in €603 million, before the economic crisis and illegal downloads pulled the rug out from under the Spanish music industry for a dismal dozen years.

“For our industry it's very encouraging to see paid subscriptions grow and the consumer to be responding positively to new music services and innovation we’ve been promoting for so many years,” said Promusicae president Antonio Guisasola, who was not without a cautious word for the industry. “However... it is unavoidable to have some concerns for the lack of protection we are facing for more than a decade.”

Spanish pop superstar Alejandro Sanz’s Sirope topped album sales for the year, with Pablo Alboran’s Terral, the biggest-selling Spanish album of 2014, coming in second.

Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias’ Latin dance floor staple “El Perdón” was No. 1 on the year-end songs chart in Spain. Omi’s “Cheerleader” and Major Lazer’s “Lean On” were in second and third position.

PROMUSICAE (Productores de Música de España) has 118 members representing more than 90 percent of national and international recorded music activity in Spain, according to the organization. Membership includes both major labels and indies, covering all music styles.