The UK was officially the fourth largest recorded music market in the world in 2013, according to new IFPI figures - failing to catch Germany despite a 2.2% increase in overall revenues generated by rights-holders.
According to the IFPI Recording Industry In Numbers, UK music rights-holders generated $1.3 billion (£834.2 million) across 2013, of which 10% came from performance rights payments.
2% of the figure came from sync, with physical and digital sales neck-and-neck, each accounting for 44% (around $570m / £343m apiece).
Germany's overall recorded music sales just pipped the UK - growing 1.1% to $1.37 billion. 73% of the revenues came from physical sales, with 21% digital and just 1% from sync.
In second place was Japan, despite a 16.7% drop in overall revenues. The country's physical (80%), digital (16%), performance rights (6%) and sync (1%) sectors combined for a $3 billion market in 2013.
And at No.1 was the US, with $4.47 billion, with a 60% digital market in terms of income - and a world-leading 4% share coming from sync.
As previously reported, the overall global revenues generated by rights-holders stood at $15 billion, 3.9% down overall on 2012 - a figure dramatically impacted by Japan's annus horribilis.
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