Industry Report Indicates Classical Sales Declining and Streaming Not Compensating

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An alarming new report, released this week by BPI has indicated classical music CD sales have declined a further 5% year on year in 2014.

The industry body statistics have reported classical sales represented a 3.1% share of the overall market, down from 3.2% in 2013 – and representing a global drop from 2.5 Million units sold to 2.4 Million.

The report has also indicated that classical music did not reflect the doubling of overall music streams witnessed in 2014 – only accounting for a 1.2% of all streamed traffic.

BPI have reported the best-selling classical album of 2014 was ‘Love in Venice’ by André Rieu ‒ selling 179,000 copies.

Violinist Nicola Bennetti‘s ‘Homecoming’ release was the 8th highest grossing classical music album of the year.

Top 10 classical albums 2014:

1. ‘Love in Venice’ – André Rieu
2.  ‘Serenata’ – Alfie Boe
3.  ‘Home Sweet Home’ – Katherine Jenkins
4.  ‘Christmas Classical Voices’ – Various Artists
5.  ‘Christmas at Downton Abbey’ – Various Artists
6.  ‘Islands &#8210 Essential Einaudi’ – Ludovico Einaudi
7.  ‘The John Rutter Songbook’ – John Rutter
8.  ‘Homecoming’ – Nicola Benedetti
9.  ‘Rieu Royale’ – André Rieu
10. ‘Classic FM &#8210 Hall of Fame 2014’ – Various Artists

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