The South African music industry has been ranked 12th out of 30 countries ranked worldwide for its global musical influence by Medimops.
Medimops, an Europe’s largest online marketplace for second-hand cd’s and records, has released a study showing the countries that exert the most musical influence worldwide.
Medimops used gathered information from music streaming services, Spotify, YouTube, and iTunes/Apple Music.
A summary of the study revealed that US leads the chart of artists whose music is streamed the most around the world followed by the UK, Canada, South Korea, France, Germany, Puerto Rico, Australia, Spain and Sweden – in the top 10, with South Africa being ranked 12th while Poland is the least among the 30 ranked countries.
Shape Of You hitmaker Ed Sheeran ranked as the most played music act on streaming services globally, followed by Billie Eilish and Post Malone.
Russia produces the most classical music, while the US produces the most rock, pop and electronic music.
Brazil has the highest World Music Uniqueness score at 100%, meaning its folk and traditional music is the most distinct from the other countries in the index closely followed by Colombia and Ireland. South Africa scored 85.4% and ranked 6th in that index.
Latvia had the highest percentage of people working in the Arts and Entertainment industries at 3%, followed by South Africa at 2.9% and the UK 2.7%.
Other results for South Africa included scoring 76.7% in the category Top Music Schools and 51% for having Historically Renowned Musicians and Global Influence.
Medimops said the study was conducted to better understand how the most famous music is created and shared around the world, as well as keeping in mind the smaller artists who contribute along the way.
“We hope that this study is able to highlight the importance of music as a global connector and call attention to the smaller but equally incredible musicians who sustain us all with their work,” Medimops stated.