Media Control GfK International Announces Third Quarter Music Industry Results

- Digital Downloads Continue to Rise in Western Europe; Eminem and Linkin Park Best Selling U.S. Artists -

Oct 27, 2010, 05:10 ET from Media Control GfK International

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Media Control GfK International, the leader in international media and entertainment tracking servicing the global entertainment industry, announced today the release of its Third Quarter Music Industry Study.

According to Media Control GfK International research, based on actual point-of-sale data, year-to-date physical market growth continues to decrease in Western Europe, but countries such as Switzerland, Germany and the U.K. are experiencing lower rates of decline.

Sales from music downloads, however, are increasing, especially within the German speaking countries. Austria ranked highest year-to-date with a positive (+) 55.5% growth year-over-year followed by Switzerland (+) 36.7% and Germany (+) 35.5%.  

Third quarter best selling artists in Western Europe were Eminem (Recovery) at #1, Linkin Park (A Thousand Suns) #2, and French DJ David Guetta (One Love) #3.

Media Control GfK International's Third Quarter Music Industry Study provides year-to-date estimated market level physical and digital sales revenue and top ranking artists in Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and the U.K. For press enquiries or for more information, contact:

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Established in 1976, Media Control is the world's largest provider and expert of international media & entertainment performance metrics, collecting point-of-sale data from 29 countries and providing both local and global data analysis to industry clients necessary to make informed decisions in today's rapidly-changing entertainment environment. Media Control has offices in over 30 countries.

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