The transformation of Sweden from a haven for online pirates to the hope of the digital music industry [Musikbranschens föregångsland]

Wikstrom, Patrik (2014) The transformation of Sweden from a haven for online pirates to the hope of the digital music industry [Musikbranschens föregångsland]. In Carlsson, Ulla & Facht, Ulrika (Eds.) MedieSverige 2014 : Statistics and Analysis. Nordicom, Goteborg, Sweden, pp. 85-91.

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1974 was the year when the Swedish pop group ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton and when Blue Swede reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Although Swedish pop music gained some international success even prior to 1974, this year is often considered as the beginning of an era in which Swedish pop music had great success around the world. With brands such as ABBA, Europe, Roxette, The Cardigans, Ace of Base, In Flames, Robyn, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia and music producers Stig Andersson, Ola Håkansson, Dag Volle, Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson, Jorgen Elofsson and several others have the myth of the Swedish music miracle kept alive for nearly more than four decades. Swedish music looks to continue reap success around the world, but since the millennium, Sweden's relationship with music has been more focused on relatively controversial Internet-based services for music distribution developed by Swedish entrepreneurs and engineers rather than on successful musicians and composers. This chapter focusses on the music industry in Sweden. The chapter will discuss the development of the Internet services mentioned above and their impact on the production, distribution and consumption of recorded music. Ample space will be given in particular to Spotify, the music service that quickly has fundamentally changed the music industry in Sweden. The chapter will also present how the music industry's three sectors - recorded music, music licensing and live music - interact and evolve in Sweden.

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ID Code: 67932
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: "MedieSverige is a publication that provides a broad and updated overview of the Swedish media landscape. This is Nordicom’s tenth edition of the printed edition. The book contains articles in which various research groups and individual researchers analyse and discuss current issues surrounding media. MedieSverige 2014 provides a survey of four decades of media development, a comprehensive statistical overview of the Swedish media, and ten chapters focused on various sectors of the Swedish media industry."
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Keywords: Music Industry, Business Models, Digitization, Sweden
ISBN: 9789189471794
ISSN: 1104-4829
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Music Performance (190407)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright NORIDCOM och forfattarna 2014
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2014 01:38
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2016 15:13

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