UK Gospel /Christian Music market is still a very young and an underground market that is undergoing adeveloping phase, especially when compared to its North American counterpart
(Gospel music sales grew 11.6 per cent for the first six months of this year 2006, compared to the same period in 2005, whichexperienced 4 per cent decline during the same time frame. Meanwhile, gospel remains the only genrecategorised by its lyrical content, a mixed bag that ranges from praise and worship artists to hard-coremetal bands. Despite its collective success, Christian music accounts for only 6 per cent of the overall music industry)
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”.But lately, UK Gospel /Christian Music market has been showingencouraging signs of development, owing to the emergence of Christian-based networks (
media, radio,Internet etc….).
In spite of these positive signs UK Gospel/Christian Music is still inexistent in the UK Music Industry salesstatistic. One can accurately pinpoint a host of reasons as to why UK Gospel/ Christian music market islagging behind. Among these are, a sheer lack of support for the artists from/and a neglect by both the UKmusic industry and a wider Christian community itself. And this appears to be extremely disheartening inlight of UK Gospel/ Christian being a reservoir bursting with gifted singers and exceptional writers who, for some odds reasons, are not given their due and are generally shun by the mainstream media.The purpose of this assignment is to research the actual state of UK Gospel/Christian music and explain themultiple reasons as to why the UK Gospel/Christian music does not have a significant sale statistic. Thisassignment will also demonstrate that UK Gospel /Christian Music have the potentiality to establish itself inthe UK and become a valuable source of revenue for the UK Music Industry. Thanks to this research, wewill also have an understanding on how the UK Gospel/Christian market operates through the means of retail, radio, website, and argue whether the UK Gospel/Christian music actual development is the realrepresentation of the British Gospel /Christian Music or simply a paste copy of the American Gospel
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