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Hip-Hop Dethrones Rock As America’s Most Popular Genre Of Music

After decades on top, rock is no longer the most consumed genre by the American public. According to a new study from Nielsen, the combined genre of Hip-Hop/R&B has taken the #1 spot for the first time.

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Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” is the top selling album of the year so far while Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” is the most streamed song of 2017 (Migos “Bad & Boujee” is #2 & Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” is #3)

The report states that Hip-Hop/R&B accounts for 25.1% of all music consumption in the America while rock music accounts for 23%. Rock, however, has a big lead in percentage of total album sales with 40%. Though it should be noted that traditional album sales continue to dwindle so that isn’t all that indicative of how the majority of Americans are consuming music.

Hip-Hop/R&B is responsible for 29% of all on-demand streams in the U.S. and that number is growing. Almost all of 2017’s most streamed songs so far are hip-hop songs.

For more, head to Forbes.


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