Music sales in Spain on a roll

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MUSIC sales in Spain are on a roll.

Sales of recorded music were nearly 27 per cent up in the first half of 2019 on the same period last year, according to Spanish recording industry association Promusicae.

Subscription streaming services income increased 41 per cent from €55.3 million to €78 million. However good old fashioned vinyl and CDs have gained in popularity among some music lovers at least, the Promusicae report suggests.

Sales of physical records in Spain rocketed 53 per cent in the first half of 2018, adding up to €7.7 million, and up from approximately €5.1 million.

CD sales went up by nearly 10 per cent to more than €24 million.

The report revealed Spaniards spent just over €140 million on music in all streaming and physical formats together in the first six months of the year, compared with just under €111 million in 2018.

This was the biggest increase since the start of the 21st century.

Promusicae President Antonio Guisasola described the national music sales figures as “excellent.”

He pointed to the attractions of new technology and the number of hits by Spanish bands and in the Spanish language as main factors behind the sales surge.

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