Two snaps for the culture!
Hip-hop and R&B has finally earned the respect it deserves after beating Rock as the number one music genre in the U.S. for the very first time in history. This comes after Nielsen Music released it’s annual mid-year report declaring Hip-hop/R&B as the top dawg of all music consumption.
According to the Forbes, Hip-hop/R&B (as a combined genre) is now responsible for 25.1 percent of all music consumption, while Rock is trailing with 23 percent (Thank streaming for that). Hip-hop/R&B has also been dominating the streaming sales with 30 percent that came from the genre, whereas Rock took 18 percent.
The report also mentioned Drake’s “More Life” broke a record for audio on-demand streams in one week, with 385 million streams of it’s songs and Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN” was not far behind with 341 million streams of it’s songs (Congrats to them).
Much respect to Nielsen Music, who takes a look at how the music industry is doing halfway through the year and lists which songs are performing the best. We appreciate the acknowledgement of such a monumental culture like Hip-hop/R&B as one of the best music genres to date.