Almost 239,000 pop and classical recordings were available on the German music market in 2022, 73 % of which were audio albums in the pop segment. About 14,500 titles were new releases.

Compared to its peak in 2016 with a grand total of approx. 295.000, there were less pop and classical music records available in recent years. The total number of physical sound recordings in 2022 was 238.642, including singles, audio and video albums. The majority of offerings are audio albums.

After the total number of new releases remained at a comparably low level in 2020 and 2021, there were slightly more new productions available in 2022.

Overall offerings and new releases of pop and classical recordings (physical)
Table: Overall offerings and new releases of pop and classical recordings (physical)


The figures are based on information from the PHONONET und DigiAS stocklist databases and refer exclusively to physical sound recordings. In some cases, the annual figures include data based on corrections made in subsequent issues of Musikindustrie in Zahlen.



  1. Different versions of a product are listed separately.
  2. Each title is included only once, even if it exists in different versions and article numbers. Box sets consisting of more than two units and samplers with different performers are excluded.

Source information

Compiled by the German Music Information Centre from various issues of Musikindustrie in Zahlen, ed. Bundesverband Musikindustrie.

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