Music industry of East Asia
In 2012, Japan surpassed the United States as the world’s largest recorded music market for the first time, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Though the U.S. remained the largest if licensing fees are included into the figures. However, in the following year, Japan fell back to the second-largest music market after experiencing a 16.7 per cent decrease due to the country’s reliance of CDs and slow adoption of digital services.
Contrast with the global music industry
Although global physical music sales (such as CDs) have been declining in recent years, in East Asia (particularly Japan and South Korea), however, physical music sales have been rising consistently.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry credits this phenomenon to “K-Pop fans who want high-quality physical formats and deluxe box sets”.
The following table lists the total revenues of the music markets of East Asia:
|Rank||Country||Revenue in 2014
(in million USD)
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According to IFPI, global physical format sales declined from 61% in 2011 to an estimated 58% in 2012. However, in Japan, CD and DVD sales posted strong increases (sales numbers or percentages were not provided). While in South Korea physical sales are expected to rise for the third consecutive year, with IFPI crediting K-Pop fans who want high-quality physical formats and deluxe box sets, with driving the format’s sustained popularity.
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