Music Industry

Published on July 3rd, 2019 | by Alan Cross


This chart shows which genres dominate streaming and which don’t

Nielsen Music USA issued its mid-year report for 2019. And while America has its own listening trends, there are some takeaways for Canadians with this chart.

Rock, jazz, classical, and Christian–all genres generally favoured by older fans–still like their CDs and vinyl. Meanwhile, EDM, Latin, hip-hop/R&B, and pop are all about streaming.

Whichever way you want to look at it, streaming is way up in the US (it’s also up in Canada, too.)

A couple of other points:

  • 7 of 10 of the top artists in America are from the rap and hip-hop world.
  • If you are engaged in a scandal like Michael Jackson or R Kelly your streams will go up.

More at Axios.


About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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