10 Stats About Music Industry Sales You Never Knew

1. In 2013, digital music sales went down for the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking them in 2003 (when iTunes launched). 

2. Vinyl music sales, on the other hand, went up 32% to six million last year.

3. In 2012, global music industry sales rose by 0.3%, the first time it had seen an increase since 1999.

4. 98.9% of all digital music tracks sell fewer than 1000 copies.

5. Only 10% of albums released make a profit. 

6. 90% of consumers would stop pirating and sharing files illegally after two warnings from their Internet Service Provider.

7. A 2011 study found that 22% of all Internet bandwidth was used for the purposes of online piracy.

8. That same study found that 70% of online users find nothing wrong with online piracy.

9. In 1988, Warner/Chappelle Music bought the company that owns the rights to “Happy Birthday to You” for $28 million, with the song’s value estimated at $5 million. It’ll cost you about $10,000 to put the popular sing-a-long song in a movie. 

10. The four major labels account for 87.89% of the U.S. music market share (IFPA 2011).