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OSCAR LOVE FOR GAGA, STAR, RHAPSODY
The Oscars and Grammys will have lots in common this year. (1/23a)
THE BRITISH
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GREIN ON GRAMMYS: SONGWRITING BY COMMITTEE
Tunesmithing becomes a team sport. (1/22a)
A FUTURISTIC TOP 20
WIZRD is a true star. (1/23a)
ARIANA GETS INTO ALBUM MODE
Grande sets a date: 2/8. (1/23a)
THE NEW PUB WORLD
Serious musical chairs.
CURATING GRAMMY PERFORMANCES
The calculus of awards, ratings and moments.
THE FIRST BIG RELEASE OF 2019
...is not what you'd expect.
THE NEW SUPERSTARS
The old pop rules just don't apply.
Blighty Beat
SOLO MEN RULE U.K. MUSIC. WHY?
5/10/18

 

This revealing graph show how music trends have shifted in the U.K. since 2000, with the appetite for male solo artists rocketing at the expense of groups, as seen in a story published by The TimesAdele aside, female soloists haven’t fared so well either.

Last year, male solo artists like Ed SheeranRag’n’Bone ManStormzyLiam Gallagher and Sam Smith accounted for 46% of album sales in Blighty. That’s the highest share since figures were recorded in 2000, when that stat was a tad above 30%, according to figures provided by trade body BPI and the Official Charts Co.

In 2000, male groups started with a 37% share of the market, rising to a 45% peak in 2005 (Coldplay, Kaiser ChiefsWestlife) and since dropping to 33%.

Female solo artists started at 18% in 2000, peaking at 31% in 2011 when Adele released her second album, 21, and since dropping to a comparatively tiny 13% albums market share.

Mixed male and female groups have dipped to 6% from 11% over the last 17 years, while female groups have maintained a fairly even keel at just 3%.

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