U.S. Music Industry Sees First Double Digit Growth in Almost 20 Years as Streaming Takes Over

U.S. Music Industry Sees First Double Digit Growth in Almost 20 Years as Streaming Takes Over

Streaming overtakes sales for the first time as the leading driver of revenue for the U.S. recorded music business.

It looks like happy days are here again: U.S. recorded music sales were up 11.4 percent in 2016. The industry brought in $7.65 billion in revenue, according to the RIAA, up from $6.87 million in 2015. Although the music business showed signs of a recovery at the half-year mark, the 2016 year-end results show more significant growth, led by streaming revenue.

This is the first time since 1998 that the U.S. industry has experienced a double digit increase in overall revenue. Back then, the industry enjoyed revenue of $13.7 billion.

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