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Pop the most popular genre



POPPING UP:
A recent survey by Music & Copyright found pop to the be the strongest genre last year, just ahead of rock, while rap slipped from #3 in 2000 to #7 last year. Said M&C editor Simon Dyson (who also makes an excellent vacuum cleaner): "The pop genre in most countries last year was dominated by strong sales of Michael Jackson. But 2009 was a very good year for plenty of other pop artists, most notably Lady Gaga and Susan Boyle." The two most popular music genres in terms of retail sales over the past 10 years are pop and rock. Retail sales of pop stood at $7.4 billion in 2009, while retail sales of rock stood at $6.5 billion. In terms of revenue share, pop accounted for 29.2% of global music-retail sales last year, with rock taking a 25.7% share. Thanks to Digital Music News for picking up the story. (8/16a)

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