The latest sales figures from the Association of Norwegian Record Distributors tell the tale of a market that embraces its home-grown talent. Domestic repertoire has increased its market share by 40% in volume and 34% in value compared to 2004. The domestic percentage of total sales in the first half of 2005 ended at 35% - a 12% increase compared to last year.

Classical repertoire accounts for 4% of the total sales.

Total accumulated sales in the first six months of 2005 were 4,8m albums. 258 000 singles and 108 000 music DVDs amounting to a turnover of NOK 328m (€41,7m/$51m) – a reduction of 13% in volume and 10% in value compared to last year.

June sales figures show that phonogram sales rose 14% in volume and 14% in value compared to June 2004.

Sales of CD albums are up 19% in volume and 16% in value compared to June last year.

Sales of singles are down 35% in volume and 42% in value compared to last year.

Sales of music DVDs have increased with 4% in volume and decreased with 2% in value compared to June 2004.

These were the market shares in June 2005:

EMI Recorded Music 26,7%
Universal 25,9%
Sony BMG 15,4%
Warner 13,7%
Playground 3,5%
VME 2,8%
Master Music /Naxos 2,6%
MO 2,5%
Bonnier Amigo 2,4%
Bare Bra / Tylden 2,3%
Tuba 1,8%
KKV 0,5%sd
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