Rock Is Back (Sort Of) … Indie Bands Dominate Uk Album Sales

Our business correspondent writes…

The death of rock has been postponed with a sort of Rock overtaking pop as the UK’s most popular genre, according to data from the Official UK Charts Company.

Rock’s boundaries have been stretched a long way  but I guess in this case it means people who play guitars and not people who Simon Cowell likes.
Pop had been the most popular selling album genre in 2011 and 2012 with a never ending flow of boy bands and easy come and easy go pop acts but in 2013 it was overtaken by rock music with Arctic Monkeys, Bastille and Jake Bugg making a serious dent on the sales charts.

40 per cent of the 10,000 best selling albums in the UK in 2013 were classified as rock, however, the five best selling LPs were pop, including albums by Emeli Sandé and One Direction as well as three ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ compilations.

Whether this really makes much difference to the world is anyone’s guess as rock music in its many forms is on a creative high with or without such silly distractions as charts.


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