(ANSA) - ROME, OCTOBER 21 - Listening to music increases in Italy and in the world.
This was revealed by the IFPI, the organization that represents the record industry worldwide, which published Engaging with Music, the report that examines the ways of music consumption through 43 thousand respondents in the main 21 markets of the world: in fact, the largest study in matter.
Compared to the previous publication of 2019, the time spent listening to music has increased: globally it has gone from an average of 18.4 hours per week (it was 18 two years ago), while in Italy the figure rises to 19.1 (increasing compared to at 16.3 hours of the last report). Driven by investments from record labels, streaming continues to thrive: the time spent listening to music via subscription audio streaming has grown by 100% in Italy. Among the reasons that push in this direction are the easy access and autonomy that the services offer in the choice of favorite music and artists. The report then shows how music is able to offer a contribution to emotional well-being in difficult times: in Italy86% said music provided a dimension of fun and happiness during the pandemic and 73% said it provided a sense of normalcy during the lockdown. The role of emotional support emerges above all among the younger ones: 71% of boys between 16 and 19 have in fact stated that the new releases of the artists preferred were helpful during the pandemic. (HANDLE).