Highlights for RIAA’s mid-year report for 2019 and my 2020 predictions

September 21, 2019
September 21, 2019 Vince Valholla

Highlights for RIAA’s mid-year report for 2019 and my 2020 predictions

The RIAA released their 2019 mid-year report recently so I wanted to share some highlights and predictions for 2020. For the first half of 2019, the U.S. recorded music market’s total revenues grew 18% to 5.4 billion. Last year, I predicted that the recorded music market would continue double-digit growth and I was right. Streaming accounted for 80% of industry revenues.

“It’s great news for the music business and for the US economy overall. Music contributes $143 billion to the nation’s GDP every year, supporting more than 157,000 music-related businesses and nearly 2 million jobs. A healthy music economy fuels a healthy American economy.”The RIAA said from a blog post.

There was growth in sales for physical products but RIAA notes that it was the result of a reduction in physical product returns. Sales grew 5% to $485 in the first half of 2019. Vinyl albums grew 13% to $224 million but only accounted for 4% in total revenues in the first half of 2019. Revenues from shipments of physical products made up 9% of the industry total for the same period. I’ve said it many times before but there needs to be innovation in the physical side of music. The growth of vinyl proves that the opportunity is there.

Final 2020 predictions:

  • For 2020, I’m predicting another year of double-digit growth. It may be the last year we could see double digit growth from streaming in the U.S.
  • Next year, I believe we’ll start seeing more services pitching to have you spend more on streaming music for a higher quality sound.
  • In 2020, we may see an introduction of a service that will give fans more of an incentive to buy music or to support an artist or band.
  • Will we finally see physical product/format innovation next year? I think so…

Read the entire report from the RIAA yourself HERE. What are your thoughts? What are your predictions for 2020? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter or Instagram.

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Vince Valholla

Vince Valholla is Chairman/Chief Executive of Valholla Entertainment, Inc. All opinions are his own. Valholla is a full-service Music Label & Management Company based in Miami, FL. Named Record Label of the Year in 2017 by Miami New Times. One of Valholla's notable releases is the 2015 release of Kirby Maurier's "Doing The Most" was one of the highest selling independent R&B albums in the South Atlantic Region. Every full-length release from Valholla since 2015 has charted on iTunes.

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