Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Global Music Report?

    The Global Music Report is a major annual publication of IFPI and contains the definitive financial record of the recording industry worldwide. Published in March 2021, the Global Music Report looks at the recorded music industry for the calendar year 2020, providing five years of data, from 2016-2020, across a range of formats and sectors such as streaming, digital downloads, physical sales, and performance rights and synchronisation. The report provides analysis on a global, regional, and country basis. Individual sections look at more than fifty countries or territories worldwide.

  • How is the report made available?

    The Global Music Report is prefaced by the "State of the Industry in 2020" section which discusses global trends and provides an overview of the recorded music industry in 2020. This section is available to download for free. The full Global Music Report, containing detailed and comprehensive data and analysis, is available for purchase. IFPI members receive the report for free.

  • What happened to the "Recording Industry in Numbers" and the "Digital Music Report"?

    In 2016, the Global Music Report combined the Recording Industry in Numbers and the Digital Music Report to become a single annual IFPI publication. The data and analysis section of the GMR contains similar key material previously found in Recording Industry in Numbers.

  • How can I use material from the free Industry in 2020 section of the Global Music Report?

    The GMR Terms of Use and Content Usage Rules explain how you can use material and data points from the free Industry in 2020 section of the Global Music Report.

  • How can I use material from the Data and Analysis section of the Global Music Report within reports or work that is kept internal to my company or organisation?

    If you have purchased the IFPI Global Music Report through this site, you may use material or data contained within the the Data and Analysis section, the Excel spreadsheet add-on, and the Powerpoint slides in any reports or derivative works that remain inside your company or organisation, subject to the Terms of Use and the Content Usage Rules.

  • I want to use material contained in the Data and Analysis section of the Global Music Report within reports or works that will be made available external to my company or organisation. How can I do this?

    Any external use of data or material from the Data and Analysis section of the IFPI Global Music Report requires an External Use Licence. A fee is payable for this licence, which sets out the terms under which data or material from the IFPI Global Music Report Data and Analysis section can be used in reports, publications, or articles that go outside your organisation.

    The External Use Licence covers activities such as citing data or material from the Data and Analysis section of the IFPI Global Music Report in reports, publications, or presentations; using the data in derivative works (for instance, combining the material with other sources to build a forecasting model); or using the data or material when providing services to third parties such as databases and dashboards.

    The External Use Licence covers the use of material from the Data and Analysis section of the IFPI Global Music Report, the Excel add-on spreadsheets, and the Powerpoint summary.

    For more detail, please contact ritco-licensing@ifpi.org.

  • I am an academic and want to use data from the Global Music Report in an article or book publication. Do I need an External Use License?

    Please contact IFPI at ritco-licensing@ifpi.org to discuss your plans and needs.

  • How will my purchase be delivered?

    When purchasing PDF data of the report via the webshop, delivery of digital data (the full report PDF or Excel data) is automated and you will receive an email with access details once payment is confirmed. Those purchasing the Recorded Music Industry or Academic / non-profit packages will be subject to manual verification of status which may require waiting until the next business day.

  • I am an IFPI member — how can I get my copy?

    The full report PDF is free to all IFPI members. To claim your free report PDF please email ritco@ifpi.org. Please include your membership number.

  • I am a journalist — how can I get more information about the report or use some of the material from the report?

    For any press enquiries, please contact our press office (press@ifpi.org) with details of your publication and needs.

  • I represent a university / I am an academic / I am a student — how can I get a copy of the GMR?

    We have made the report available at a reduced rate for universities / academic institutions. The academic package available via this web site is intended for university libraries and offers a PDF that can be used site-wide. Please email ritco@ifpi.org for further details. If you are a student seeking data but the GMR is not available via your university library we are happy to contact the relevant person and supply them the details for purchasing the report. Under certain circumstances, we may be willing to offer the report or certain data sets for academic work at a reduced rate. Please get in touch with details of your proposal.

  • Does the report contain market share information?

    No, IFPI does not publish market share data (that is, the share of the recorded music market earned by different recording companies or digital service providers). For details about what is included in the report, including sample data, click here.

  • I’m not sure about some of the terms used in the report

    Please refer to the methdology and sources page – this sets out the sources used in the report as well as key glossary terms and definitions.

  • Do the prices include VAT?

    Customers in the UK will be charged VAT (20%) on top of the prices shown in the calculator, where applicable.