Fast Facts About Music




Global sales of pre-recorded music total more than $40 billion.

The US share of the world music market is 31.3%.

About 2.4 billion CDs are sold annually. The number of recorded CDs and blank CDs sold has been about equal.

About one-third of recorded CDs are pirated.

The LP (long-playing) record was invented by Paul Goldmark in 1948.The LP is not dead yet: more than 10 million LPs are sold every year.

The CD was developed by Philips and Sony in 1980.

The Beatles holds the top spot of album sales in the US (106 million), followed by Garth Brooks (92 million), Led Zeppelin (83 million), Elvis Presley (77 million), and the Eagles (65 million). Worldwide,The Beatles sold more than 1 billion records.

The harmonica is the world’s best-selling music instrument.

A piano covers the full spectrum of all orchestra instruments, from below the lowest note of the double bassoon to above the top note of the piccolo.

The term “disc jockey” was first used in 1937.

The first music video was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, released in 1975

Duran Duran took their name from a mad scientists in the movie Barbarella.

It was at a concert in Minneapolis in 1954 that Al Dvorin first closed Elvis’s concerts with: “Ladies and Gentleman, Elvis has left the building.Thank you and good night.”

Elvis favourite collectibles were official badges. He collected police badges in almost every city he performed in.