MUSIC: Master Gims is first for albums and Vald for singles in the French Streaming music charts …
Streaming increased further in music consumption in France in the first half of 2018, with a jump of 33% compared to 2017, and revenues generated by online listening could for the first time, in 2018, exceed those of physical sales, according to the Snep , the main producers’ union. It will be necessary to wait for the end of August at the beginning of September to know the evolution of the market of the recorded music (physical and digital sales), but a progression of the turnover is to be hoped compared to the first half of 2017 considering the good dynamics of the streaming , since 27 billion titles were listened online – against 19.4 between January and June 2017.
2018, year of the seesaw
The evolution of physical sales, which had fallen by 18% last year compared to the first half of 2016, was not disclosed. In 2017, the recorded music market had posted a second consecutive year of growth (3.9%), confirming its exit from the crisis, which began in 2016 after fifteen years of almost constant decline. The upturn could therefore continue for a third consecutive year, even if “confidence is cautious” among the major players in the market. “We should register growth, but that may be slightly lower than last year. It all depends on how digital sales, which are the market’s first source of revenue after the first six months, will offset the drop in physical sales. ”
2018 should be the rock in the recorded music market, which will see digital revenues for the first time exceed those of the physical. Traditionally, records and boxes are sold more during the second half of a year, especially at Christmas. A habit that should all be better this year that is planned for the highly anticipated posthumous album of Johnny Hallyday .
19 French artists in the top 20 places
The French production dominates outrageously the semestrial ranking of the most streamed albums, since 19 French artists occupy the first 20 places. In the lead, Maitre Gims remained nine weeks number 1 with the album Black Belt . Finally, rapped by rapper Vald is at the top of the ranking of the most streamed titles, with more than 52 million plays, far ahead of Mafiosa de Lartiste and Bob Marley of Dadju.