Music Industry, an infinite Journey:
Part I – The Past


Hello everyone! Time has come to initiate a second Master Series – although France Best Selling Albums one will keep going just as strong! This fresh new series is titled Music Industry, an infinite Journey – Bye Bye Sales, Hello Subscription. Let me show you the good direction!


I wrote and published in French part of this study in early 2014. At that time, all relevant charts (US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada etc.) wasn’t taking into account Streaming into their rankings, which was just plain wrong. The idea of the article was to highlight the deep meaning of the music industry to understand how ignoring streaming was a complete nonsense. Ironically, in the months following those articles most charts changed their rules to consider a calculation involving streams rather than only sales.

A couple of years later the picture of the music industry for the future is pretty unclear as many questions are still floating all around:

  • is streaming as legitimate as a sale?
  • What will happen with physical format?
  • And downloads?
  • How do current figures compare with past eras figures?
  • Will artists keep releasing albums or standalone songs?
  • What about compilations?
  • Will some types of music benefit or be penalized by upcoming evolutions?
  • What does music industry ultimately mean with all those changes?
  • How will be its jigsaw by 2020?

In our way of understanding the future, we will start by looking at the past – from way back in the century XIX. Sounds boring? Stop it! Not only you will be getting all answers of previous questions, what will happen in upcoming years but you will also be able to know and argue about the past!

In the historical references, some parts will be highlighted in green color. Please focus on them as they are past happenings that explain the meaning of current context. To easily find out all articles related to this new Master Series be aware you can filter on it – Music Industry, an infinite Journey – from the Categories menu. To make sure you won’t miss newly published articles, you can also follow us on our account on Twitter #chartmastersorg. Also, please share your questions, I’ll be answering them as well, as well as your comments. Let’s go!

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Part I – The Past”

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