IFPI Global Music Report: Global Recorded Music Revenues Grew 9% In 2022

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4 min readMar 21


The global recorded music market grew by 9.0% in 2022, driven by growth in paid subscription streaming, according to IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide.

Figures released today in IFPI’s Global Music Report show total trade revenues for 2022 were US$26.2 billion.

Subscription audio streaming revenues increased by 10.3% to US$12.7 billion and there were 589 million users of paid subscription accounts at the end of 2022.

Alex Kennedy, MD of Believe UK, commented:

“We are encouraged to see continued revenue growth in the UK, the world’s third largest market, as well as ongoing streaming growth worldwide. It’s also heartening that further analysis reveals the Independent Labels and Artists share of the overall market continues to grow YoY and out-perform the wider market”

Total streaming (including both paid subscription and advertising-supported) grew by 11.5% to reach US$17.5 billion, or 67.0% of total global recorded music revenues.

Silvia Montello, CEO of AIM, commented:

“There’s much to be optimistic about in this year’s report. We know from further analysis that the independent sector has played a key role in the growth in global recorded music revenues, now representing 35% of the market, and we can comfortably say that the state of independence is strong and ever-growing.

“All the same, this optimism is tempered by external economic pressures, compounded by the slowdown in streaming growth in mature markets.

This reinforces the need to explore and champion better remuneration models, so that we can reverse the devaluation of digital music and bring revenues back into the streaming ecosystem so that true artistic talent and genuine fan engagement are rewarded.

“Key to ongoing success is growth opportunities in emerging territories, maximising the continued healthy vinyl sales trend, creative direct-to-fan focus and growing performance broadcast incomes.”

There was growth in other areas too with physical revenues remaining resilient (+4.0%); performance rights revenue increasing by 8.6% and returning to pre-pandemic levels; and synchronisation income climbing by 22.3%.

Commenting on the release of the Global Music Report, IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore, said:

“This year’s report tells the continued story of record companies’ commitment to their core mission — working with artists to help them achieve their greatest creative and commercial potential over the course of a career. That requires an artist-label partnership that constantly evolves and innovates so that it can capitalise on opportunities in more business areas and more parts of the world.

“Record companies’ investment and innovation has helped make music even more globally interconnected than ever, building out local teams around the world, and working with artists from a growing variety of music scenes. This is driving music’s development whilst enabling fans to seize the expanding opportunities to embrace and celebrate their own local artists and culture.

“However, as the opportunities for music continue to expand, so too do the areas in which record companies must work to ensure that the value of the music artists are creating is recognised and returned. This challenge is becoming increasingly complex as a greater number of actors seek to benefit from music whilst playing no part in investing in and developing it.”

Drew Hill, MD of Proper Music Group and VP Distribution at Utopia Music, commented:

“It’s brilliant to see physical revenues rising for a second consecutive year, with growth of 4.0% contributing to a 17.5% share of the overall market. As music fans desire tangible products to connect with the artists they love, it’s another great example of physical music and streaming continuing to coexist and complement each other.

Growth in the world’s regions:

Recorded music revenues grew in every region around the world in 2022:

  • Asia grew by 15.4% with its largest market, Japan, seeing growth of 5.4% whilst the second largest market, China, grew by more than 20% (28.4%), becoming a global top five market for the first time. In a continuing trend, Asia also accounted for almost half of global physical revenues (49.8%).
  • Australasia experienced growth of 8.1%, an increase on the prior year’s growth rate of +4.7%. Australia (+8.1%) remained a top 10 market globally and New Zealand saw a rise in streaming revenues push the overall market to growth of 8.0%.
  • Revenues in Europe, the second-largest recorded music region in the world, grew by 7.5%, with the region’s three biggest markets all posting gains: UK (+5.4%), Germany (+2.2%) and France (+7.7%).
  • Latin America saw gains of 25.9%, maintaining more than 10 years of regional increases. Every market in the region posted double-digit growth.
  • Middle East and North Africa — previously the fastest growing market in 2021, MENA had third highest growth rate in 2022, seeing increase of 23.8%, and representing the highest share for streaming of any region globally (95.5%).
  • Sub-Saharan Africa — becoming the fastest growing region in 2022 with more than 30% growth (34.7%), SSA was driven largely by a significant boost to revenues in the region’s largest market, South Africa (+31.4%).
  • The USA & Canada region — the world’s largest in revenue terms — grew by 5.0% in 2022; The world’s single biggest market, the USA, grew by 4.8% a — exceeding US$10 billion for the first time — and Canadian recorded music revenues increased by 8.1%.