Hip-hop and RNB Triumph in the Music Industry

The music business has currently been mentioned to have a high power like never before. Nielsen Music recently announced its annual mid-year report on how the music industry had been performing throughout the year. By 2017, statistics revealed that Ed Sheraan’s song, “The Shape of You,” and Kendrick Lamar’s song, “Damn,” are among the most popular tracks. Th report also revealed that for the first time since Nelsen started measuring music performance in the United States, rock and pop music no longer top the charts. Instead, R&B and hip-hop have remained triumphant for the past five years.

According to the news report, 25.1 percent of the American citizens listen to R&B and hip-hop while 23 percent listen to rock and pop music. However, rock music tops the list in album sales claiming a 40 percent of the album sales in the country. Although that percentage may not represent the actual numbers of Americans consuming music, R&B and hip-hop continue its dominance in the music industry. Besides, Hip-hop and R&B have the highest percentage of streaming services. Among the top streams in 2017 is a song by Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like,” which is a blend of pop and R&B.

As names such as Drake and The Weekend continue to gain reputation in music and hit singles, the number of total songs streamed online will continue to rise. The music landscape has changed tremendously over the past few years with internet streams altering the way music is consumed. News further reveal that over the last seven years, artists are crafting a complete album experience that is more interesting and with music that must be heard as a cohesive unit. Among the top of the chart are Kanye West’s album named “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and Kendrick Lamar’s album, “Good Kid.”

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