Knowing Me, Knowing Q1: Your guide to the first quarter

Mark Sutherland

MARKET TRENDS

Guess who’s back in the big time?

A sluggish fourth quarter in 2018 – when consumption rose just 2% – suggested to some that the music business revival might be slowing down. But in Q1, the industry demonstrated more bouncebackability than Alan Partridge on This Time, to post an impressive 8.2% rise. Cashback!

Of course, that rise was largely powered by audio streaming, with Stream Equivalent Albums up another 26.2% year-on-year to 26.56 million units, according to the ...

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