Pop Outsold Rock In 2011

Rock sales are at their lowest in the UK since 2003, after an assault of chart-busting pop, but rock still accounts for almost one third of all sales.

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Pop albums outsold rock albums in 2011 for the first time in seven years in the UK.

Pop singles also saw a boost, which outsold rock singles by two to one over the year, according to NME.

The Official Charts Company, the UK equivalent of Billboard, said seven of the top 10 albums of 2011 were classified as pop albums. They were likely given a boost by Adele's staggering run at the top of the chart.

Rock album sales fell from 31.2% to 29.4%, marking its lowest sales figures since 2003. Big rock releases from the likes of Coldplay and Noel Gallagher were not enough to stem the drop.

Folk music sales rose to 1.6% - a low figure in comparison to other genres, but the rise is seen as a comeback thanks to new folk heroes like Laura Marling and Bellowhead.

Head of the British Phonographic Industry Geoff Taylor was quick to remind observers that the drop in rock sales does not signal its death, noting that rock still accounts for almost one third of all music sales:

"2011 was a vintage year for pop albums so it is hardly surprising that the genre has elbowed rock aside as the nation's favourite. Although rock's share is the lowest for eight years, it still accounts for three in ten of every albums sold so recent reports of its demise are premature."

Similar comparisons for US charts have not been made public.

In a special report over the weekend, UG investigated claims that rock as a genre was dead to the mainstream. Instead, we found more examples of rock artists in today's top 10 Billboard chart than 5 years ago.

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    Anchr
    Rock album sales fell from 31.2% to 29.4%, marking its lowest sales figures since 2003. Big rock releases from the likes of Coldplay and Noel Gallagher were not enough to stem the drop.
    Big rock releases from the likes of Coldplay and Noel Gallagher were not enough to stem the drop.
    Big rock... Coldplay and Noel Gallagher
    Rock... Coldplay
    Mind = blown.
    jordo246
    Doesn't take a genius to know pop out sells rock, like it doesn't take genius to know you dont need talent to be a pop artist.
    kinslayerSOA
    Surely not!!! Considering pop music is, by definition, POPular music, I'd have thought this to be quite obvious.
    Sign of War
    the news for me here is not that pop outsold rock this year, it's that rock outsold pop for the last seven.
    SoA_Joseph
    WhoAMEye wrote: STOP PRESS Rock is still coughing up blood Someone get in sharpish with a defibrillator and it might stand a chance. Call the priest just in case though.
    Judas...Priest?
    Sallycanwait96
    You know, I'm sick of this "rock is dead" bullshit. Here's why: 1. The Foo Fighters, Metallica, Green Day, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys and so many other rock bands are selling out arena tours, the first three having been doing so for many years now. 2. Do they take crossover into consideration? I mean, sure I bought Wasting Light and Angles (The Strokes), but I also bought 21 (like everybody else on this planet did three times apparently), and I love all three of them. 3. Since when did music become adversarial? Honest to God, Does it really matter who's topping the charts this week? It's not a fight, its not a war, its music. I don't care what album is number one today. As long as the people and bands I like keep popping out albums and touring, I'll be perfectly happy. So screw it all, listen to your tunes, and play your guitar and all will be well.
    WhoAMEye
    STOP PRESS Rock is still coughing up blood Someone get in sharpish with a defibrillator and it might stand a chance. Call the priest just in case though.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Annnnnd here comes the angry hoard of people. Also, why is this a contest? Music is music. Who cares? Music is made for us to enjoy, not to compare and be snotty and stupid about. If anyone came up to me and said some singer outsold my favorite band, I'd knock them in the face. Not because I'm jealous or anything, but because comparing music is so damn childish and vapid. Music is to unite, not to do petty shit like this. Pop outsold rock. Really who gives a shit? If you do, you shouldn't.
    UGtom
    jordo246 wrote: Doesn't take a genius to know pop out sells rock, like it doesn't take genius to know you dont need talent to be a pop artist.
    As the article says, pop albums only outsold rock albums for the first time in seven years in the UK.
    Root Beer
    Vinushka wrote: I wish Adele would just cease to exist. Her whole body of work, all history of her existence. It all needs to go away forever.
    Really? Of all the pop stars you wish would vanish out of existence, you'd pick Adele? Hell, at least she can sing. Pick one of those Auto-tune-happy mother****ers like the Black Eyed Peas.
    Crofty89
    Credit where it's due, Adele at least deserves the recognition, even if the rest of the pop albums (and Coldplay's new album) on that top 20 list make me wonder what is wrong with this country's ears. Also good to see Laura Marling getting some recognition.
    Eirien
    Pop Outsold Rock In 2011
    That's almost as insightful as saying "Noel had all the ideas in Oasis."
    ItsApocalypse
    Horsedick.MPEG wrote: I like pop more than metal
    >read username >successful troll is successful Here is everything that makes this article wrong, circa wikipedia> Pop music (a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of "popular") is a genre of popular music which originated in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll.[1] The terms popular music and pop music are often used interchangeably, even though the former is a description of any form of music which is popular (and can include any genre), whilst the latter is a specific genre of music which has qualities which would make it appealing to a large audience.
    SOAD_SoG
    Who cares? And just look at who is labeled as "Rock"...Coldplay? puleeze those guys are one of the most poppiest shit out there. I don't care about the sales, I care about their music.
    Iommianity
    I, for one, don't choose to set myself up for disappointment by looking to the radio for a sign of how genres like hip-hop, jazz, metal or rock or doing. Pop is king. It will assimilate aspects of any genre. Rock does well when it does this too. I manage to find rock I like without being able to name a song or album by a band like The Black Keys, easily one of the biggest bands going right now. Rock is not dead. I bought Wasting Light and I got a collection of singles that didn't hit me. Rock is not dead. Then I listened to Hinsingen Blues, by Graveyard, and it was just ****ing right. Rock is not dead.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Iommianity wrote: I, for one, don't choose to set myself up for disappointment by looking to the radio for a sign of how genres like hip-hop, jazz, metal or rock or doing. Pop is king. It will assimilate aspects of any genre. Rock does well when it does this too. I manage to find rock I like without being able to name a song or album by a band like The Black Keys, easily one of the biggest bands going right now. Rock is not dead. I bought Wasting Light and I got a collection of singles that didn't hit me. Rock is not dead. Then I listened to Hinsingen Blues, by Graveyard, and it was just ****ing right. Rock is not dead.
    Exactly. Also, PJ Harvey, one of the front runners in 90s rock, released one of her best albums last year. Seriously, if anybody can listen to that album and tell me rock is dead, I'll eat my hat through my AsshHole. Rock will never die. Good rock will always exist. You just have to look harder to find it, but it's very rewarding.
    charliemann
    It's mainly Adele's 21, which is a good album, no doubt. To be fair though, I don't really care for the figures, I still like listening to rock music and will continue to despite Rihanna and whoever else the kids like outselling rock musicians.
    brian mayden
    stiklyman wrote: No shit.
    BrandonBeaux wrote: The title should read "no sh*t"
    MrFlibble wrote: Well no shit. Its called 'pop music'. What do you think the 'pop' means? Pop. Popular. Popular music. How is it shocking, surprising or in any way news that the pantheon of music called POPULAR MUSIC is more popular than others? Breaking news, everyone! Men that identify as heterosexual enjoy having sex with women! Vegetarians don't eat meat! The internet can be accessed via computer! Cars have wheels! More at eleven.
    Abacus11 wrote: Pop Outsold Rock In 2011? No sh*t.
    I guess we're all out of courtney love articles this year UG?
    limpidgreen345
    Cavalcade wrote: Define "pop" and "rock". In other news, water sometimes comes out of clouds.
    EXACTLY...
    Logan_B
    Dont forget, the pop audience is very fickle. I mean my mom bought Adele's cd...A lot of their sales come from people that dont buy anything but a cd when someone popular comes out. No wonder they get so many sales
    Kortez3000
    biga29 wrote: Doesn't pop stand for popular...?
    -_- What if I write a pop song and it gets no hits?
    Kueller917
    teknoman wrote: IMHO Pop is comercial music msde to be liked by everyone like candy. Rock is more underground made to be liked by a select group of people like beer . ...
    Beer has a niche market?
    MidniteHaze
    Coldplay and Noel Gallagher were the "big releases" last year? No wonder all this happened.
    MrFlibble
    Well no shit. Its called 'pop music'. What do you think the 'pop' means? Pop. Popular. Popular music. How is it shocking, surprising or in any way news that the pantheon of music called POPULAR MUSIC is more popular than others? Breaking news, everyone! Men that identify as heterosexual enjoy having sex with women! Vegetarians don't eat meat! The internet can be accessed via computer! Cars have wheels! More at eleven.
    Root Beer
    Sign of War wrote: the news for me here is not that pop outsold rock this year, it's that rock outsold pop for the last seven.
    I agree. UG realizes that "pop" is short for "popular", right?..
    $hithappen$16
    ok we get it, rock isn't as popular as it used to be. Now get the f*ck over it. Times change and genres lose popularity. Can we please move on now???
    JadenCaruso
    Vinushka wrote: I wish Adele would just cease to exist. Her whole body of work, all history of her existence. It all needs to go away forever.
    May I ask for a reason?
    Novationband
    Anchr wrote: Rock album sales fell from 31.2% to 29.4%, marking its lowest sales figures since 2003. Big rock releases from the likes of Coldplay and Noel Gallagher were not enough to stem the drop. Big rock releases from the likes of Coldplay and Noel Gallagher were not enough to stem the drop. Big rock... Coldplay and Noel Gallagher Rock... Coldplay Mind = blown.
    couldn't have said it better myself
    Sladey
    Arctic Monkeys release deserves to be mentioned ahead of Noel Gallagher.
    Smokinjoerules1
    Can we stop with the whole "Rock is dying" shit, rock can't die unless blues dies, and with Joe Bonamassa at it's helm, Blues music isn't going anywhere but forward Therefore so is rock for those that didn't catch on...
    iHurricaneGTR
    People are ****ing retarded. "Pop" = "popular". No shit something that's popular will out sell something not considered "Pop"... ...Fucking idiots.
    AlmostTheMan
    ibanezboy wrote: who cares, rock is about not giving a crap
    Wrong, rock and metal is about freedom and doing whatever the **** you want!