Hip-Hop Has Dethroned Rock 'n' Roll as America's Favorite Music Genre

posted by Phil -

              

Ever since Nielsen Music has been collecting data on music sales, rock 'n' roll has been America's favorite genre.  But in 2017, rock is no longer king.

 

 

According to a new report, R&B and Hip-Hop have become the country's new favorite genre.  And yes, they lumped 'R&B and Hip-Hop' together.

 

 

Over the first half of 2017, R&B and Hip-Hop have claimed about 25.1% of the market.  Rock is second with 23%.

 

 

Pop is third with 13.4%, followed by Country (8%), Latin (5.7%), Electronic (4%), Christian / Gospel (2.5%), and Children's Music (1.4%).  Bringing up the rear are Jazz and Classical, which both claim just 1% of the market.

 

 

Of course, this isn't based on a survey of people's interests, it's based on actual sales data, and that DOES include streaming.

 

 

And streaming is the main reason R&B and Hip-Hop are #1.  If you counted only ACTUAL music sales . . . involving old-school stuff like cash and CDs . . . Rock would still be #1 by a pretty wide margin.  Rock accounts for 42.7% of physical album sales, compared to just 15.6% for R&B and Hip-Hop.

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