Recorded music: rise of digital music impacts Québec market share

Québec, April 2, 2014 – In 2013, the market share of Québec recorded music (albums + tracks) was 38%, down compared with 2012 (42%). This decrease is due to a lower market share of Québec products in sales of digital products. This was revealed in a study published today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec (OCCQ) of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Weak growth of digital tracks

Overall, in 2013, 8.1 million albums were sold in Québec (– 10%), the lowest number recorded to date. This number includes 6.1 million CDs (down 14%) and 2.0 million digital albums (up 8%). The annual growth of digital tracks was 1%, compared to 21% in 2012. Digital products are rising and now account for 35% of music sales in Québec, compared to more than half in the rest of Canada and the United States.

Market decline of Québec albums

Québec albums experienced a drop in sales, estimated at 17% for CDs and 12% for digital albums. These results impacted the share of Québec album sales, from 48% in 2012 to 44% in 2013, and the share of francophone albums, 38% to 34% for the same period.

This information was obtained in Issue 31 of Optique culture, which can be found on the website of the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec.

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