The Digital Music Revolution
At the beginning of the 1980s, a period of stagnation set in. In 1980, 1981, and 1982, the U.S. record companies had no sales growth. 1983 saw a small increase of 6%, which was followed by a more significant increase of 15% in the following year. Sales remained more or less constant at this level for the next 2 years. In 1987, however, another jump in sales occurred (+20%). Subsequent years witnessed additional increases of 12% (1988), 3% (1989), and 17% (1990).