Louder Than War Blog: Why is it always glass half empty for the British Music Industry?

Thursday, 12 January, 2012 (All day)

Most of us have a mate who has a tendency to the glass half empty view of life. For every silver lining there is a cloud. When one door closes, so does another. That mate for bands and songwriters is music industry body, the British Phonographic Industry, affectionately known as the BPI. They never seem to miss an opportunity to rush in with an arm flailing press release wailing: "The pirates are coming! We're doooomed! Doooomed I tell you!" Or to be fair, currently it's "If it weren't for the lovely, yet tax averse Adele, we'd be dooooomed!"

While most people were nursing their New Year hangovers, the BPI were preparing their latest missive of doom- aka music sales volume figures from the previous year. Top of the headline was "Music Sales Slip in 2011", qualified by the next line "but digital singles and albums grow strongly". So the glass empty half first, which would leave any reader with the impression that overall, things are getting worse.