Digital revenue is growing in many countries, but not at the same pace everywhere. And as the first half of 2013 shows, each market is unique. Thus, there's not much reason to think that the United States will replicate the few success stories in the global recorded-music market.

Scandinavian countries Norway and Sweden have been bright lights in a challenging global record business, and are examples of subscription services helping drive growth in total recorded-music revenue.

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