The sale of digital albums and singles rose 38% in the first six months of this year, while CD album and single sales fell 7% and 27%, according to new figures from the entertainment industry organisation NVPI.
Nevertheless 95% of the almost eight million albums bought in the Netherlands last year were on CD, showing that the digital music market is still a place for ‘trying out music’, the NVPI said.
The Telegraaf says a handful of Dutch artists are responsible for keeping the industry afloat in the Netherlands. The sale of albums and singles by Jan Smit, Ilse DeLange, Blof, Marco Borsato, Anouk and Alain Clark have hardly been affected by online competition, the paper said.
In total, music and sales in the Netherlands fell 4.4% in the first half of the year
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