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The Structure and Performance of the U.S. Record Industry

March 19th, 2008 by David Kronemyer · No Comments

Back when there was a record business in 1986, my colleague Greg Sidak and I wrote an article about the Structure and Performance of the U.S. Record Industry.  At the time I was Vice President of Capitol Records, based in Hollywood, California.  The article discusses the industry as then comprised, including demand factors and economic constraints.  It calculates the then present discount value of record sales, using data from the Recording Industry Association of America (“RIAA”).  It also analyzes the performance of the then leading firms, including Warner Brothers Records; CBS Records; EMI Records; PolyGram Records; MCA Records; and RCA Records.  The configuration of each of these companies is completely different now, than it was then.  Since the article still is cited, and no longer is available, here’s a .pdf:

The Structure and Performance of the U.S. Record Industry