Good Vibrations

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When it comes to music, what's old can be new again. Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett and John Denver went multi-platinum this year. 1 Some veteran recording artists have even managed to ride the boom in online music sales: the two best-selling albums online in 2000 were by Santana and The Beatles, 2 bands that predated the Internet. But these oldies-but-goodies may not be able to count on their young fans much longer. The 10- to 24-year-old crowd, traditionally a group of avid music buyers, isn't spending its allowance so freely anymore: This age group represented a 34 percent share of all music sales in 2000, down from 44 percent 10 years ago. 3 One reason for the drop may be that these music lovers are finding cheaper ways to get their tunes — such as downloading them for free using music file-swapping services similar to Napster. In fact, 45 percent of college students frequently listen to MP3s, music files downloadable from the Internet. 4 And sales of recordable CDs, the kind you use to store those MP3 files, are expected to grow 44 percent this year, to $1.15 billion, from $800 million last year. 5 Times they are a changin'.

Sources: 1 Billboard, 2 OneChannel, 3 Recording Industry Association of America, 4 eBrain Market Research, 5 The NPD Group

Pump Up the Volume

Total sales for the U.S. sound recording industry*:

(IN BILLIONS)
• 2000 $14.3
• 1998 $13.7
• 1996 $12.5
• 1995 $12.3
• 1994 $12.1
• 1992 $9.0
*Based on manufacturers' shipments at suggested list prices.
Source: Recording Industry Association of America, 2000

TICKET TAKERS

Most expensive concert tickets, January through June, 2001:

ARTIST AVERAGE TICKET PRICE
Luciano Pavarotti $119.76
Elton John/Billy Joel $100.95
U2 $76.18
Don Henley $62.42
Eric Clapton $62.31
Source: PollStar

Click and Buy

Total online music sales*:

(IN MILLIONS)
• 2000 $458
• 1999 $350
• 1998 $151
• 1997 $38
*Music sold includes full-length compact discs, cassettes, singles (all types), music videos and vinyl LPs.
Source: Recording Industry Association of America, 2000

Rock On!

Top 10 music tours, January through June, 2001*:

ARTIST GROSS (IN MILLIONS) # OF SHOWS
U2 $69.0 50
Elton John/Billy Joel $57.2 31
Backstreet Boys $51.6 56
'N Sync $38.7 18
Dave Matthews Band $37.7 29
AC/DC $18.9 34
Eric Clapton $15.3 18
*Not all tours were finished by June 30, 2001.
Source: PollStar

Online Beats

Top music webcasters*:

FORMAT URL AGGREGATE TUNING HOURS*
Classical www.beethoven.com 741,500
80's hits www.netradio.com 292,900
Classical www.king.org 287,800
Album-oriented rock www.knac.com 235,900
*Total number of hours that listeners tuned in to a given channel during February 2001.
Source: Arbitron Webcast Ratings SM, 2001

School Vibes

College students are more likely to own a compact audio system than the national average:

COLLEGE STUDENTS* RANDOM NATIONAL SAMPLE
Component CD player 39% 37%
Compact/mini audio system 79% 42%
Portable CD player 70% 37%
Portable headset CD player 71% 26%
Portable MP3 player 4% N/A
*Includes students at 4-year colleges, community colleges and trade schools
Source: Consumer Electronics Association, 2000

ALL EARS

Top radio stations by format:

FORMAT RADIO STATION AVG. QUARTER-HOUR 12+SHARE*
Country KLAW-FM/Lawton, OK 26.4%
Urban WFKX-FM/Jackson, TN 25.7%
Oldies KBYZ-FM/Bismarck, ND 17.8%
Adult standards WITS-AM/Sebring, FL 17.4%
Regional Mexican KUNA-FM/Palm Springs, CA 13.9%
Classic rock/Hits WCIZ-FM/Watertown, NY 13.1%
Spanish contemporary KBNA-AM,FM/El Paso, TX 10.6%
*Percent of the total listening audience ages 12 and older tuning in to the named station for at least 5 minutes each 15-minute period.
Source: Arbitron, 2001
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