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Rock Music Overtakes Pop
The results of BPI’s annual survey of music genres show some surprising changes in consumer trends.

While the year-end charts were dominated by Pop releases, a mix of new albums and solid catalogue sales have helped Rock’s overall sales to rise slightly above Pop’s for the first time in three years. This is despite the fact that the five best-selling albums of the year were all Pop: three Now compilations, One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’ and Emeli Sande’s ‘Our Version Of Events’.

Of the top 10,000 best-selling albums in 2013, over 4,000 were classified as Rock. The genre has become popular with today’s consumers due to artists such as Artic Monkeys, Bastille, Jake Bugg, Mumford and Sons and surprisingly Rod Stewart who sold over 500,000 copies of his album ‘Time’.

Rock music generated 33.8% of all UK album sales during the 12 month period, Pop followed closely with 31%. Over half of all Rock music purchased last year was defined as Contemporary Rock, whilst Metal/Heavy, Progressive, Punk and A.O.R (Adult Orientated Rock) made up the rest. It has been suggested that the revival of vinyl, which saw its highest level of sales in over a decade last year, supports the growing trend towards Rock music.

Published: 20 February 2014