Music streaming and R&B drew listeners during 2017

January 11, 2018

Americans moved to music streaming in 2017. Overall consumption of albums, songs and audio via on-demand streaming grew 12.5% year over year—and a 59% increase in on-demand audio streams offset track and album sales declines, according to findings by Nielsen released earlier in January.

What’s more, for the first time ever, R&B/Hip-Hop became the most dominant genre, representing seven of the top 10 most-consumed albums. In that sector of the industry, listeners power a 72% increase in on-demand audio streaming.

Among the highlights from Nielsen’s 2017 U.S. Music Year-End Report are the following

Finally, vinyl records experienced a renaissance at retail by experiencing sales growth for the 12th consecutive year, comprising 14% of all physical album sales. The top-selling vinyl LP of the year was the re-release of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Research contact: soundscan@nielsen.com

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