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In-Depth: Brazilian Music Market’s Decade of Decline is Over

By Shasta Darlington

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After a decade of plummeting sales and surging piracy, the music industry in the country where bossa nova and Tropicália were born is roaring back to life. Fueled by the streaming revolution, Brazil has, over the past couple of years, clawed its way back into music’s top markets, ranking probably No. 10 in terms of revenue in 2018.

Revenue grew 15 percent, with digital sales up 38 percent and accounting for 72 percent of overall revenue -- a remarkable feat, considering streaming platforms didn’t emerge in Brazil until 2013.

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