Recorded music attains new revenue record; streaming grows from 75% to 84%

The recorded music industry reached an all-time high in total revenue for the first half of 2023 — $8.3-billion across all reported categories. That from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in its annual mid-year report.

Key Points

  • Recorded music revenues totalled $8.4-billion in H1
  • Streaming accounted for $7.0-billion, 84% of the total
  • Paid subscriptions increased by over a half-billion dollars, and remain the strongest driver of growth.
  • H1 2023 averaged 96-million subscription accounts in the U.S.
  • Vinyls outsold CDs.



A three-year comparison on H1 results shows accelerating overall revenue growth:


While digital and streaming grab headlines, the most eye-popping percentage growth is in synchronization royalties — a different type of recorded revenue which does not reflect direct-to-consumer sales. That number jumped 25.1%, to $222-million.

Brad Hill