During the first six months in 2004, more than 1,2 million domestically produced albums were sold. This represents an increase of 27% volume and 26% in value compared to the first half of 2003. The total percentage of domestic releases on the Norwegian market accounted for 22% of the total sales – an increase of 5% compared to 2003. Classical repertoire makes for 5% of total sales.

Total accumulated sales in the first half of 2004 amounted to 5,4 million albums, 458 000 singles and 128 000 music DVDs resulting in a revenue of NOK 366 million (€43,2 m / $ 53,4 m). This is a decrease of 6% in volume and 9% in value compared to last year.

Sales figures from the Association of Norwegian Record Distributors indicate a decline in June phonogram sales of 6% in volume and 7% in value compared to last year.

Sales of CD albums as down 3% in volume and 7% in value compared to June 2003.

Sales of singles are down 35% in volume and 34 in value compared to last year.

Compared to June 2003, sales of DVD Music is up 86% in volume and 27% in value.

These were the marked shares in June:

Universal 22%
EMI Recorded Music 17,5%
BMG 11%
Warner 10,9%
Sony 10,6%
Bonnier Amigo 6,5%
Tuba 5,4%
Bare Bra / Tylden 5,0%
VME 3,1%
Playground 2,9%
Master Music/Naxos 2,4%
KKV 0,4%

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