The music industry is going through a period of immense changebrought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the roleof music in the age of computers and the Internet? How has themusic industry been transformed by the economic and technologicalupheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in thefuture? This thoroughly revised and updated new edition provides aninternational overview of the music industry and its futureprospects in the world of global entertainment.
Patrik Wikström illuminates the workings of the musicindustry, and captures the dynamics at work in the production ofmusical culture between the transnational media conglomerates, theindependent music companies and the public.
New to this second edition are expanded sections on thestructure of the music industry, online business models and thelinks between social media and music. Engaging and comprehensive,The Music Industry will be a must-read for students andscholars of media and communication studies, cultural studies,popular music, sociology and economics.