As far British album sales went last year, Pop was most definitely the name of the game- it has emerged today.
For, figures released by Official Charts Company reveals that it was the ‘most purchased’ genre in 2012, helped in part by units moved by Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and ‘Our Version Of Events’.
Facts and figures below…
For a second consecutive year, sales of Pop music led the genre pack accounting for 33.5% of all sales made in the year, while Pop singles followed suit with a market share of 38.5%, thanks to Carly Rae Jepson‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ and Minaj’s quadruple Platinum, ‘Starships’.
Unfortunately for R&B, it dropped on spot to become the fourth highest purchased genre in the country, overtaken by ‘Easy Listening’ after its sales dropped 3% from its 2011 market share of 7.9%- despite releases from the likes of Frank Ocean, Ne-Yo and singer/songwriter Brandy, whose latest album ‘Two/Eleven’ peaked at #3 in the US in October.
So, who reigned supreme on an album’s front?
Well, with 1 million sold in the market alone, Sande’s ‘Events’ was the highest selling Pop LP of the year, while Rihanna helped drive sales of R&B with her #1 album, ‘Unapologetic’, which spawned the Sia penned single ‘Diamonds’ back in September.
Combined with sales moved by Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded‘, the Pop trio topped lists tallied in their respective genres, as seen below:
The U.K.’s top-selling albums by genre in 2012, according to the OCC/BPI:
Pop, Emeli Sandé, ‘Our Version Of Events’
Rock, Mumford & Sons, ‘Babel’
MOR / Easy Listening, Michael Bublé, ‘Christmas’
R&B, Rihanna, ‘Unapologetic’
Dance, Calvin Harris, ’18 Months’
Classical, Andre Rieu, ‘Magic Of The Movies’
Hip Hop, Nicki Minaj, ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’
Country, Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Folk, The Civil Wars, ‘Barton Hollow’
Jazz, Michael Bublé, ‘Sings Totally Blonde’
Reggae, Various Artists, ‘Now That’s What I Call Reggae’
Blues, Jools Holland, ‘The Golden Age Of Swing’
The U.K.’s top-selling singles by genre in 2012, according to the OCC/BPI:
Pop, Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Rock, Gotye ft Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Dance, David Guetta ft Sia, “Titanium”
R&B, Rihanna, “Diamonds”
Hip Hop, Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
MOR / Easy Listening, Gary Barlow And The Commonwealth Band, “Sing”