Music industry in France - statistics & facts

While the recorded music industry income in France has been on a downward spiral over the past twenty years, it also experienced a slight rebound as of 2016. That period represents a significant shift in the industry, both in terms of production and consumption. Indeed, digital revenues have been picking up the pace and exceeded physical ones for the first time in 2017. As of 2020, digital music income is almost twice as high as physical revenue. That being said, the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic had an unprecedented impact on industry revenue, and both physical and digital sales were noticeably lower that those expected for 2020.

Live music is also a booming business, most notably music festivals. As of 2019, there were 7.5 million French festivalgoers, a slight increase in comparison to previous years. The Festival Interceltique de Lorient was by far the largest music festival in France, followed by La Fête de l’Humanité. While the great majority of festivals have understandably been cancelled in 2020, numerous French consumers claim to miss going to concerts or festivals and looked forward to attending one again.

The ever-growing prevalence of music streaming services and online radio stations is one of the factors that allow digital music to flourish as much as it does. At a time when consuming music digitally is the new norm, more and more people turn to platforms such as YouTube or Deezer to enjoy music, and prefer to pay a monthly fee rather than buying physical CDs in stores.

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