Finland in Three Parts #2a

Opera has also been a genre that has influenced the music in Finland, so now let me talk about the last big genre of Finland. Popular music in Finland is very varied, it all started with Georg Malmstenstarted in the 1930s. There were also artists like Olavi Virta or Tapio Rautavaara, who were the most popular male singing stars in Finland and Toivo Karki, one of the most popular songwriter.

I don’t understand a single word of what he is singing, but this makes me move. Back to what I was talking about earlier, best hits are called “Iskelmä.” Other of the great singers is Katri Helena, who has been performing since the 1960’s.

The biggest influence that Finland has after the Rock Era is Metal. Finland is one of the biggest influence of Symphonic Metal around the world. In the ’90s, Apocalyptica was founded, whom started making Metallica covers with a chelo quartet.

Other famous groups are Stratovarius, Nightwish and Children of Bodom. This last group, Children of Bodom, made a cover of Britney Spears’ song “Oops I did it again.”

Now that we have some background about the music in Finland, let’s talk about the music industry these days. In Finland there is IFPI, which is the national trade association representing 23 record companies in this country.

“IFPI Finland´s goal is to ensure favourable operational environment for the recording industry in Finland”.

IFPI’s Digital Music Report illustrates that the global music business offers consumers a more diverse range of licensed music services. For the first time, revenues from streaming and subscription services rise 51.3% globally, crossing a threshold of US$1 billion.

As you can see in this chart, since 2005 there is a significant increase of money in the digital music streams.

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