A sharp decline in music consumption in Japan caused overall global growth to slow down in 2013, according to figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
The 16.7% slump in Japanese sales caused world figures to slide by 3.9%.
Japan largely relies on physical sales of music, which did not perform well.
The country – which is the world’s second largest music market – is seen as unique among developed nations for its reliance on CDs and the lack of user-friendly music download services on smartphones.
A music industry which is dominated by a few major players and has failed to make a digital transition has led to its sharp decline, according to the IFPI.
Along with South Korea, Japan is in the only country in 2013 to have a top 10 album rundown entirely made up of local artists.
Excluding Japan from the new figures, the world music market remained stable with 0.1% growth last year.
BBC News – Japan drags down global music market