Leading cover art design service, Cover Art Factory, is proud to announce the creation of its 6,000th piece of artwork for the music and media industries.

The Stockholm-based service launched just two years ago and in that time has created thousands of pieces of cover art for record labels and DIY artists in 25 countries. Their 6,000th piece of artwork for New York-based act Aventura graced the cover of the number two album on the iTunes Latin chart.

“Great artwork is one of the most vital features of a new release,” says Jan Nordlund, co-founder of Cover Art Factory and a former record producer. “Services like Spotify and Apple Music are crowded spaces, and the competition for new releases is high. Our unique concept enables us to help artists and labels be more competitive, and stand out from the crowd.”

Cover Art Factory has grown its global network of designers and illustrators to more than 400, enabling them to deliver affordable cover art design at a high quality. The company also provides design services for logos, flyers, social media channels and more.

During the course of this year, Cover Art Factory’s parent company Yaygoo will also launch a new graphic design service that targets companies, and draws on the talent of Cover Art Factory’s growing network of designers.

Most people would agree that digital is the future of the music business and on a global scale it has been just that, the future. If you live in pioneering countries such as the US, Sweden and Norway the aforementioned naturally seems like yesterdays news, yet for most markets, physical has remained the dominant source of revenue for recorded music. That is until now. Earlier this week Ifpi released a report revealing that 2014 was the first year in which physical and digital sales were of equal size. On a global scale physical and digital sales now account for 46% each of global recorded music revenues according to the report.

For a quick look at how different formats have developed in the US over the last 41 years, Digital Music News have put together a bunch of pie charts in this picture. The continuous developement of vinyl over the last couple of years may be surprising to some but not for the fans of Record Store Day coming up on April 18th. Record Store Day will also see the release of old Metallica demo recordings on cassette, so perhaps we should expect that part of the pie chart to grow next year?