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Pop Sales Overtake Rock For The First Time In 16 Years & We Blame Swifty!

Pop sales have overtaken rock for the first time since 1999 and we reckon Taylor Swift has a lot to do with it!

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If you Google the definition of pop music, it’s described as ‘commercial popular music, in particular accessible, tuneful music’. With this in mind, it may not be a surprise that last year pop sales were the highest of any genre in the UK – it’s popular, of course it will sell the most! What is surprising however, is that this is in fact the first time pop has beaten rock to the top since 1999! Perhaps we need to change the name of rock to something more suitable like prock or pock, but that’s a totally different matter all together.

Pop albums were responsible for 34.5% of sales last year, with rock albums closely behind at 33.2% thanks to the likes of Royal Blood and Foo Fighters. However pop singles made up 36% of sales, with rock just 24.3% and dance 16.2%.

If you think back to 2014, it was certainly THE year for pop music. There weren’t many places you could go without hearing a song by either Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran or Taylor Swift. In The Lonely Hour has now sold over 1 million copies, x has sold over 2 million and 1989 sold a ridiculous 4 million in just the first 12 weeks! That’s a looot of moolah. Let’s also not forget about everyone’s favourite song about big fish (or was it bums? We always get confused) ‘All About That Bass’ by Meghan Trainor and of course Mark Ronson‘s ‘Uptown Funk’.

Pop music gets a lot of stick from people who think they’re a bit too cool to be shaking it off with Swifty or crying to one of Smith‘s heartbreaking songs (there’s just something in our eye, honest) but we don’t think there’s anything wrong with it! A great song is a great song, whether it’s dance, rock or pop and those huge record sales prove that the genre is booming like never before. Hoorah! We’re looking forward to the pop gems that 2015 will bring.

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