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.