Latin Music Continues to Soar: Record-Breaking Revenues in the First Half of 2023


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September 27, 2023

Latin Music Continues to Soar: Record-Breaking Revenues in the First Half of 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry, data points often serve as markers of progress and success. This week, we shine a spotlight on a remarkable statistic that underscores the immense influence of Latin music in the United States. Supported by Cinq Music Group, a forward-thinking technology-driven record label, distribution, and rights management company, we delve into the recent release of the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Mid-Year 2023 Latin Music Report.

Latin Music's Astonishing Growth:

In the first half of 2023, Latin music achieved an astonishing milestone by generating an eye-popping $627 million in gross revenues in the United States alone. This impressive figure is the headline-grabbing statistic from the RIAA's latest report, unveiled on September 27th. What's even more remarkable is that Latin music revenues in the US witnessed a robust year-over-year growth rate of 14.8% in the first half of the year.

A Bigger Slice of the Pie:

Notably, Latin music's share of the overall US recorded music revenues has been steadily on the rise. In the first half of 2022, it accounted for 7.1% of the market, but in the same period of 2023, it surged to a new high of 7.5%. This growth speaks volumes about the genre's growing popularity and influence among music enthusiasts in the US.

Impressive Industry-Wide Growth:

The entire US recorded music industry has also experienced substantial growth, with gross revenues reaching a remarkable $8.4 billion in the first half of 2023, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 9.3%. These positive numbers affirm that the music industry as a whole is flourishing.

A Revised Perspective:

It's important to note that the RIAA's Latin music reports have undergone changes to reflect the evolving music landscape. This year's report includes revenues from social media platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube Shorts, in addition to other revisions. Even when considering these retrospective revisions, Latin music revenues in the US still managed to grow by an impressive $81 million year-over-year in the first half of 2023. This upward trajectory suggests that Latin music is poised to achieve a year-end growth of more than $150 million.

Source: Music Business Worldwide

A Continuation of Success:

These remarkable results for the first half of 2023 follow a triumphant year in 2022 when Latin music achieved a historic milestone, surpassing $1 billion in US recorded music revenue for the first time. Notably, it also claimed an 8% market share of streaming revenues, further solidifying its place in the contemporary music landscape.

The Mid-Year 2023 Latin Music Report from the RIAA demonstrates that Latin music is not only thriving but also reshaping the US music industry. With continued growth and an expanding market share, Latin music's influence is set to reach even greater heights. As we look ahead, it's clear that this genre is a force to be reckoned with, and its contribution to the music industry's success is undeniable.