Rock Music Is Now The Most Popular Genre In The UK
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.11.2014
The Guardian reports that the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has published data from the Official Charts Company that shows rock music is the best-selling genre of albums after pop had been the best for the last two years. Albums in 2013 from Bastille, Rod Stewart, Arctic Monkeys and Jake Bugg helped the genre take the top spot.
40% of the bestselling 10,000 albums were rock, which helps it even though the five best-selling albums in the UK of last year (Emile Sande, One Direction, three Now albums) were all pop.
BPI's 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."
Pop is more youth-oriented thanks to talent shows (The X Factor, The Voice) or polls (BB's Sound of 2014, which featured only one rock act). Pop is still on top in single sales with 36.2% against rock's 21.4%. This is helped by figures from Spotify and Shazam, who had top ten lists dominated by pop and dance.
It was also a good year for dance albums, the largest since 2006. This was helped by Calvin Harris's 13 Months, Rudimental's Home and Disclosure's Settle. However, some acts mix genres, like OneRepublic or Bastille, who are classified as rock. Naughty Boy's La La La could be pop or dance but it is labeled as R&B.