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BPI reports Pop Music still tops the charts in the UK

British Phonographic Institute BPI reporting pop music still the biggest seller. Image: http://www.bpi.co.uk/about-bpi.aspx

British Phonographic Institute BPI reporting pop music still the biggest seller. Image: http://www.bpi.co.uk/about-bpi.aspx

The music organisation, BPI, has revealed that pop music is still the most listened to genre in the United Kingdom.

The London based British Phonographic Industry’s  latest survey shows that pop music accounted for the majority of records sold in 2014.

BPI, based at County Hall on the river Thames overlooking the Palace of Westminster, is the UK music industry’s biggest organisation.

Its members account for 85% of all the music sold in Britain.

Membership includes more than 300 indies and the major record companies such as Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music.

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The releases in 2014 by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Paloma Faith meant that album sales in 2014 were 34.5% pop.

This is largest majority share for pop records since 1999.

Pop releases also took more than a third of the singles market share again owing to artists such as Ed Sheeran and releases from Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor.

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Albums from Royal Blood, Kasabian and Foo Fighters amongst others ensured that Rock music held a third of all record sales in the UK.

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Country music was boosted by Dolly Parton’s greatest hits album and subsequent appearance at Glastonbury festival.

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More detailed analysis will be featured in the BPI Yearbook 2015.

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