Rock albums outsold by Pop for the first time in 7 years!

The Official Charts Company have stated that seven out of the 10 highest selling albums of 2011 were ‘pop’ albums. Adele and Jessie J being two obvious big sellers. This gave pop albums a 33.6% share of album sales overall.

Rock’s market share of album sales decreased to only 29.4% – their lowest since 2003! This despite the relative success of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Folk music took a rise in market share last year too – rising to 1.6%, mainly down to Laura Marling’s success. ‘Easy listening’ sales were at 7.9%,almost entirely caused down to Michael Buble apparently.

In terms of singles; Pop outsold Rock by about 2 to 1!

BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said on the increase in Pop sales, “Pop has managed to double its share of singles sales in the space of five years and now outsells rock by two-to-one. It’s no coincidence that over the same period dozens of vibrant, digital music services have launched in Britain, enabling younger music fans to buy and enjoy tracks online at pocket money prices.”

If I’m honest, I’m surprised it wasn’t lower than 29.4% – and I can see that gap increasing for a few years to come, to be honest!


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