The BPI has released some new figures on album sales in the UK last year, splitting them out by genre. Pop overtook Rock for the year, with respective market shares of 33.6% and 29.4%, compared to 30.9% and 31.2% in 2010. Adele played a significant role in the change, thanks to phenomenal sales of her ’21’ album, and the knock-on effect for her previous effort ’19’. “Pop has managed to double its share of singles sales in the space of five years and now outsells Rock by two-to-one. It’s no coincidence that over the same period dozens of vibrant, digital music services have launched in Britain, enabling younger music fans to buy and enjoy tracks online at pocket money prices,” says BPI boss Geoff Taylor in a statement. MOR / Easy Listening rose to 7.9% from the year – thank Buble for that – with Dance increasing to 13.8%.
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