UK consumers spent more than £100m a week on digital music, video and games in the first half of 2019, according to latest data from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), a total of more than £2.7bn on streaming services, downloads and gaming credits.
Add in expenditure on physical formats such as CD and DVD and retail revenues of the combined music, video and games sectors grew by a solid 4.5% to £3.3bn in the first six months of 2019 compared with the same period last year.
ERA CEO Kim Bayley said, “With January-June historically the quietest half of the year, this is another great result for entertainment. Digital services and physical retailers alike continue to innovate to expand the market for music, video and games.”
Recorded music was the fastest-growing sector with growth of 9.9% compared with the same period of 2018.
Music’s growth was driven by continuing strong adoption of subscription streaming services from the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer and YouTube Music. Consumers spent £485.9m on subscription streaming in the first half of 2019, 25.8% more than in the same period last year.
The best-selling album was the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman which generated sales of 380,000 units to add to the 1.62m which made it the biggest seller of 2018.
The best-selling track was Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ which generated sales of 1.34m units.
Music provided a theme to the video market’s success with the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody the biggest seller of the first six months of 2019 with sales of 1.45m.
Expenditure on video grew by 6.4% in the first half of 2019 to £1.07bn with the continuing decline in DVD and Blu-ray sales easily outweighed by the 18% (£130m) increase in digital revenues.
Revenues in videogames increased 1% over the period to £1.56bn, although games remains by far the biggest sector accounting for nearly half of the combined music, video and games markets. Most successful game of the period was Grand Theft Auto V (361,312 units sold), narrowly ahead of FIFA 19 (360,588).
|ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL CONSUMER SPEND H1 2019|
|CONSUMER SPEND £ (m)||H1 2018||H1 2019||% change|
|Digital (inc streaming)||£2,519.0||£2,764.7||9.8%|
|TOP 10 ALBUMS H1 2019|
|1||THE GREATEST SHOWMAN||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING||380,929|
|2||DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT||LEWIS CAPALDI||229,340|
|3||STAYING AT TAMARA’S||GEORGE EZRA||226,505|
|4||THANK U NEXT||ARIANA GRANDE||225,664|
|5||BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – OST||QUEEN||221,344|
|6||NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 102||VARIOUS ARTISTS||216,355|
|7||WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO||BILLIE EILISH||200,230|
|8||A STAR IS BORN||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING||174,502|
|9||WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE||TOM WALKER||167,718|
|10||ALWAYS IN BETWEEN||JESS GLYNNE||131,527|
|TOP 10 TRACKS H1 2019|
|1||SOMEONE YOU LOVED||LEWIS CAPALDI||1,342,103|
|2||GIANT||CALVIN HARRIS & RAG’N’BONE MAN||969,600|
|3||SWEET BUT PSYCHO||AVA MAX||963,865|
|4||OLD TOWN ROAD||LIL NAS X||930,137|
|5||7 RINGS||ARIANA GRANDE||816,947|
|6||DON’T CALL ME UP||MABEL||766,372|
|8||DANCING WITH A STRANGER||SAM SMITH & NORMANI||698,394|
|9||BAD GUY||BILLIE EILISH||667,804|
|TOP 10 VIDEOS H1 2019|
|Title||Total Video Units Sold|
|3||A STAR IS BORN||557,914|
|4||MARY POPPINS RETURNS||514,687|
|5||FANTASTIC BEASTS – CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD||490,612|
|7||THE GREATEST SHOWMAN||337,132|
|9||SPIDER-MAN – INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE||266,987|
|10||AVENGERS – INFINITY WAR||262,221|
|TOP 10 VIDEOGAMES H1 2019|
|1||GRAND THEFT AUTO V||361,312|
|3||TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION 2||263,520|
|4||RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2||259,931|
|5||RESIDENT EVIL 2||239,495|
|7||TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE||175,451|
|8||CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4||172,065|
|10||FORZA HORIZON 4||144,790|