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Music & Copyright's analysis of global genre sales shows just how the return to recorded-music good times has influenced sales of the most popular music genres.


  • R&B/hip-hop in particular has benefited from the growth in streaming, with the genre's share of global retail sales more than doubling in just five years.

Features and Benefits

  • Examines how the shift from ownership of recorded music to access has affected sales of different music genres.
  • Explains the reason for hip-hop music's outperforming of the wider music market.

Key questions answered

  • What was the biggest music genre in terms of retail sales last year?
  • What share of global recorded-music retail sales was accounted for by hip-hop?

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  • Summary
  • Measuring the effect of music access on genre sales
  • Pop and rock top the genre charts
  • The rise of the so-called smaller genres


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