The UK’s independent music sector produces some of the most exciting and popular music in the World, and makes a huge contribution to the country’s economy.
AIM’s 800+ members span every musical genre and every corner of the UK. They range from the largest and most respected independent music companies in the World, to small start ups and self-releasing bands. They are a vibrant, entrepreneurial and diverse bunch who have one thing in common: the music comes first.
AIM oversees a sector with an undoubted lead in A&R. Artists signed to member labels have claimed six of the last ten Mercury Music Prizes and regularly account for 30% of all UK artist album awards (silver, gold, platinum).
After a difficult 10 years (struggling with online piracy and the recession), signals suggest the independent sector is growing stronger than ever!
In 2013, the indies overall album market share and level of singles sales hit levels not seen since the 90s. As majors struggle to adapt their business models to the digital age, indies are thriving thanks to their innovative approach and commitment to A&R and artist development.
The Independents In Numbers
AIM has over 800 independent label members in the UK. Over 4000 independent labels across Europe are represented by Impala.
The music sector consists of thousands of independents and 3 multinationals – “the majors”.
The independents are the innovators and early adopters, discovering new talent and producing 80% of all new releases.
The independent sector is thriving! And here’s the proof…
- In 2013 the independents had their highest annual share of non-budget UK album sales this century – 24.4%, and their best showing in more than 20 years.
- In 2013 the independents had a greater share of the non-budget UK albums market than Sony and Warner, with only Universal ranked higher.
- In 2013 the independents had the greatest number of titles in the UK’s year end Top 100 artist albums chart for 10 years, with 10 indie releases present.
- Independent annual total UK singles sales reached 35m in 2013, the highest level of single sales in any year to date and their biggest share of the singles market (19%).
- In 2013 the independents had the greatest number of titles in the UK’s year end Top 100 singles chart since 2007, with 12 indies present.
- In 2013 indies drove demand for vinyl to its highest in 16 years, and account for almost 60% of vinyl sales.
- Indies have claimed 6 of the last 10 Mercury Music Prizes.
(Source: Music Week research / The Official Charts Company data)
AIM’s member labels include:
!K7, 4AD, Alcopop! Records, Because Music, Bella Union, Big Dada, Cherry Red Records, Cooking Vinyl, The Domino Recording Co, Distiller Records, Dramatico, Eagle Rock Records, Earache, Eleven Seven, Full Time Hobby, Hassle Records, Hospital Records, Hyperdub, Jagjaguwar, The Leaf Label, Matador Records, Modular, Moshi Moshi Records, Mute, Nettwerk, Ninja Tune, One Little Indian, [PIAS] Recordings, Red Bull Records, Rough Trade Records, Secretly Canadian, Skint Records, Snapper Records, Stolen Recordings, Sunday Best Recordings, Transgressive Records, Visible Noise, Warp, Wichita, XL Recordings, Xtra Mile, and hundreds of others…
Artists signed to AIM member labels include:
Adele, Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Battles, Billy Bragg, Bjork, Bon Iver, Cancer Bats, Caro Emerald, Coldcut, Daughter, Enter Shikari, Fleet Foxes, Flying Lotus, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Ghostpoet, Goldfrapp, Grimes, Grizzly Bear, Jarvis Cocker, John Grant, Jon Hopkins, Justice, Killing Joke, Katie Melua, Major Lazer, M.I.A., Midlake, Mr. Scruff, Netsky, Nitin Sawnhey, Passenger, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Roots Manuva, Royksopp, Sampha, Savages, The Cribs, The National, The Prodigy, The Strokes, The White Stripes, TNGHT, Twin Atlantic, Underworld, Wild Beasts, Vampire Weekend, Villagers, The XX and thousands of others.
For this week’s official Independent Charts, visit The Official Charts Company’s website.