According to figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the 16.7% drop in Japanese sales caused global results to fall 3.9%. Japan is the world’s second-largest music market, but still relies on CDs and lacks user-friendly music-download programmes.
In Europe’s five major markets—the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands—digital music downloads rose 13.3%. Excluding Japan, the world music market remained stable with 0.1% growth last year. Vinyl records are also enjoying a resurgence.