Life and (almost) death of the music compilation business

Posted Oct 11, 2019, 5:08 PMUpdated on Oct 11, 2019 at 5:21 PM

Those who grew up in the 90s and 2000s knew this period when rather than buying the single or the album of a single artist, the listeners preferred compilations bringing together the biggest hits of different artists.

The musical compilation had its period of glory, first thanks to the cassette allowing young people to create their own pirate playlist for free, before the labels took over the format, taking advantage of the arrival of the CD format, to offer their paid compilations. A lucrative business where some labels could take advantage of the success of artists from competing houses to exist…

In this episode of “Business of Music” by “La Story”, Jean-Philippe Louis looks back on the glorious epic of musical compilations. From Raï n’B Fever to NRJ Hits via the British institution “Now that’s what I call music”, a look back at a flagship music format. Do they still have a future in the age of streaming?

Business of Music is a podcast presented and produced by Jean-Philippe Louis with Nicolas Jean. This episode was recorded in October 2019 at the premises of Les Echos. Guests: Mark Mulligan (analyst for Midia Research on music) and Antoine Monin (in charge of label relations at Spotify). Voice translation Yann Duvert. Music: Purple Planet.

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