Recorded music sales for the first half of 2013 were up for the first time in 12 years in The Netherlands, according to the territory’s trade body NVPI.
Turnover for the industry increased by 1.9%. Although the physical market experienced a decline of 18% in turnover, the digital market increased from 15 million to 24 million (up 60%).
According to an NVPI release, the digital increase was mainly due to subscription and advertising revenue from streaming services – where ‘sales’ grew 131% in the first half.
"The good news is that after 12 years [we have found the way up],” said NVPI and Universal’s Kees van der Hoeven. “Consumers have clearly embraced streaming services. But the physical sales are still very important and we are very pleased with the relaunch of Fame and Free Record Shop."
NVPI director Paul Solleveld added: "The combination of user services [and] affordable and effective enforcement against illegal supply is essential for the music market, investments in the business and continue to allow in new talent."