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Rock Music Was The Dominant Genre Of 2013

by Paul Cashmere on January 18, 2014

in News,Noise Pro

Music fans purchased more Rock Music than any other genre in 2013.

Data from Nielsen SoundScan reveals that 34.8% of all album music sales where for Rock albums, 17.4% of sales were for Alternative Rock and 10.2% were for Metal / Hard Rock.

The three rock music categories combined generated 62.4% of all album sales in the USA in 2013.

Rock also dominated sales for Digital Tracks (the equivalent of singles). 323,772,000 rock tracks were downloaded in 2013 equating to 22.6% of all single-track music downloads. Pop music was second, generating 257,308,000 sales or 20.4% of all single-track purchases, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In 2013 in the USA 288,300,000 albums were sold. That broke down to 171,000,000 physical albums and 117,300,000 digital albums also proving that the CD purchase is still more dominant than the digital download option for album sales.

Top 5 Album Music Purchase Categories for 2013 By Market Share


1. Rock 34.8%
2. R&B 17.5%
3. Alternative 17.4%
4. Country 13.8%
5. Hard Rock 10.2%

Top 5 Single Music Purchase Categories for 2013 By Market Share


1. Rock 22.6%
2. Pop 20.4%
3. R&B/Hip Hop 18.6%
4. Country 12.6%
5. Christian/Gospel 2.6%

*Source: Nielsen & Billboard’s 2013 U.S. Report

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