Rock Overtakes Pop as UK's Most Popular Genre, Official Data Confirms

artist: misc date: 02/12/2014 category: general music news
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Rock Overtakes Pop as UK's Most Popular Genre, Official Data Confirms
The latest Official UK Charts Company report had some nice news for guitar-driven fans, confirming that rock has officially overtaken pop as the country's most popular musical style.

According to Guardian, 40 percent of 2013's 10,000 highest-selling albums belong to the rock genre. Although Top 5 best-sellers are from the pop domain, the given figure was enough to earn rock the most popular genre title.

Rock's triumph in 2013 came after two years of pop domination. The light style still rules the singles charts, outselling rock with 36.2 percent to 21.4.

"While the appeal of pop remains consistent, the popularity of rock music tends to ebb and flow a little more, reflecting as it does the excitement that can quickly build around new acts as they burst through," British Phonographic Industry (BPI) spokesperson Gennaro Castaldo stated. "With Arctic Monkeys now taking on near-iconic status, and the likes of Jake Bugg and Bastille to name a few connecting with a new generation of fans, rock music looks set to enjoy another wonderfully vibrant period."

The list of crucial 2013 rock artists in the UK includes Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Bastille and Rod Stewart. Prominent pop artists on the other hand include the likes of Emile Sande and One Direction.
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