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Artistvarumärkens nya spelplan: Konkurrensklimatet i den moderna musikindustrin
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose and aim

The purpose of this thesis has been to create a deeper understanding about the impact that the digitalization of the music business in the early 2000s and also the latter change, that in this paper is referred to as the sociodigital change, has had on artist brands. We will also analyze the positive and negative effects that this development may have had on the already existing brand environment and lastly also review the true importance of the professional industry’s competence. We have chosen the following research question in relation to the purpose; In what way has the basic conditions for artist brands within the music industry changed since the digitalization of the music industry in the early 2000s?


For this study we initially took an inductive approach as we formed hypotheses based on experiences and previous knowledge which we then corroborated with theories. Based on an empirical problem that we observed in an early stage of the study, we conducted six interviews with people within the music industry. During the work process, we alternated between theories and our collected empirical data which resulted in the study adopting an abductive nature.


Our study revealed that the single largest change for the basic conditions of artist brands since the 2000s digitalization is the accessability of exposure. Due to the reason that it now has become easier to expose your brand as an artist, the number of brands, particularly in the lower and middle segments, has increased which has caused the competative environment to get tougher. However, our study demonstrates that the conditions for the largest, well-established artist brands has not been significantly affected. In our conclusion, we also point out the importance and relevance of the professional music industry’s competence and clout.


Brand, artist, artist brand, competition, differentiation, digitalization

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Keyword [sv]
Varumärke, artist, artistvarumärke, konkurrens, differentiering, digitalisering
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-40601OAI: diva2:793025
Subject / course
Business Administration - Marketing
Educational program
Music & Event Management Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2015-03-09Bibliographically approved

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