The Christian music industry is a small part of the larger music industry, that focuses on traditional Gospel music, Southern gospel, contemporary Christian music, and alternative Christian music. It is sometimes called the gospel music industry , although this designation is not a limitation on the musical styles represented.
This article contains links to lists of notable Christian music artists, organized by music genre. Note: Because classifying music by genre can be arbitrary, these groupings are generalized and many artists appear on multiple lists. List of Christian country artists; List of Christian dance, electronic, and techno artists; List of Christian ...
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- Business Structure
- History of Printed Music and Recorded Music
- Sales Statistics
- by Region
- Associations and Organizations
- Further Reading
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The main branches of the music industry are the live music industry, the recording industry, and all the companies that train, support, supply and represent musicians. The recording industry produces three separate products: compositions (songs, pieces, lyrics), recordings (audio and video) and media (such as CDs or MP3s, and DVDs). These are each a type of property: typically, compositions are owned by composers, recordings by record companies, and media by consumers. There may be many recordings of a single composition and a single recording will typically be distributed via many media. For example, the song "My Way" is owned by its composers, Paul Anka and Claude François, Frank Sinatra's recording of "My Way" is owned by Capitol Records, Sid Vicious's recording of "My Way" is owned by Virgin Records, and the millions of CDs and vinyl records that can play these recordings are owned by millions of individual consumers.
Early history: Printed music in Europe
Music publishing using machine-printed sheet music developed during the Renaissance music era in the mid-15th century. The development of music publication followed the evolution of printing technologies that were first developed for printing regular books. After the mid-15th century, mechanical techniques for printing sheet music were first developed. The earliest example, a set of liturgical chants, dates from about 1465, shortly after the Gutenberg Bible was printed. Prior to this time, mu...
Advent of recorded music and radio broadcasting
At the dawn of the early 20th century, the development of sound recording began to function as a disruptive technology to the commercial interests which published sheet music. During the sheet music era, if a regular person wanted to hear popular new songs, he or she would buy the sheet music and play it at home on a piano, or learn the song at home while playing the accompaniment part on piano or guitar. Commercially released phonograph records of musical performances, which became available...
Rise of digital online distribution
In the first decade of the 2000s, digitally downloaded and streamed music became more popular than buying physical recordings (e.g. CDs, records and tapes). This gave consumers almost "friction-less" access to a wider variety of music than ever before, across multiple devices. At the same time, consumers spent less money on recorded music (both physically and digitally distributed) than they had in the 1990s. Total "music-business" revenues in the U.S. dropped by half, from a high of $14.6 bi...
Digital album volume sales growth in 2014
According to IFPI,the global digital album sales grew by 6.9% in 2014. Source: Nielsen SoundScan, Official Charts Company/BPI, GfK and IFPI estimate.
Prior to December 1998, the industry was dominated by the "Big Six": Sony Music and BMG had not yet merged, and PolyGramhad not yet been absorbed into Universal Music Group. After the PolyGram-Universal merger, the 1998 market shares reflected a "Big Five", commanding 77.4% of the market, as follows, according to MEI World Report 2000: 1. Universal Music Group — 21.1% 2. Sony Music Entertainment — 17.4% 3. EMI — 14.1% 4. Warner Music Group — 13.4% 5. BMG — 11.4% 6. Independent labels combined...
Albums sales and market value
Total album sales have declined in the early decades of the 21st century, leading some music critics to declare the death of the album. (For instance, the only albums that went platinum in the US in 2014 were the soundtrack to the Disney animated film Frozen and Taylor Swift's 1989, whereas several artists did in 2013.)The following table shows album sales and market value in the world in 2014. Source: IFPI 2014 annual report.
The List of music associations and organizationscovers examples from around the world, ranging from huge international bodies to smaller national-level bodies.
1. Krasilovsky, M. William; Shemel, Sidney; Gross, John M.; Feinstein, Jonathan (2007), This Business of Music (10th ed.), Billboard Books, ISBN 0-8230-7729-2Lebrecht, Norman: When the Music Stops: Managers, Maestros and the Corporate Murder of Classical Music, Simon & Schuster 1996Imhorst, Christian: The 'Lost Generation' of the Music Industry, published under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License2004Gerd Leonhard: Music Like Water – the inevitable music ecosystemThe Methods Reporter: Music Industry Misses Mark with Wrongful SuitsSongwriter Janis Ian's critique of the record industry's policies
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