Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Rock knocks pop off album chart

Arctic Monkeys are part of a rock revival in album sales

Rock music has deposed pop as the UK's best-selling album genre once again, thanks to acts such as Arctic Monkeys.

New analysis from music industry body the BPI shows that last year rock overtook pop for the first time since 2010 in terms of all-important album sales.

Rock - which includes the likes of Mumford And Sons and even Rod Stewart for the analysis - claimed 33.8 per cent of all UK album sales in 2013, up from 31.3 per cent the previous year, while pop accounted for 31 per cent, down from 33.5 per cent.

It comes despite pop taking the top five best-sellers of the year with a trio of Now That's What I Call Music albums and releases by One Direction and Emeli Sande.

But, using figures supplied by the Official Charts Company, the BPI found 40 per cent of the 10,000 biggest albums of the year were rock albums.

Rock landed its biggest share of the album sales market since 2008, when it had 35.7 per cent.

Dance music was the third biggest genre, representing 8.3 per cent of album sales - up two per cent in a year thanks to artists such as Daft Punk - and easy listening-style artists, including swing albums from Robbie Williams and Michael Buble were just behind on 8.1 per cent.

It was a different story for singles, where pop remained on top with 36.2 per cent of sales, while rock is at 21.4 per cent.

BPI spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: "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.

"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."

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