Popularity of dance music reaches a seven year high

Daft Punk, Rudimental and Avicci help dance music claim its highest market share since 2006.

Popularity of dance music reaches a seven year high

Daft Punk, Rudimental and Avicci help dance music claim its highest market share since 2006.

According to the BPI, the body who represent the UK’s record labels, the popularity of dance music is currently at a seven year high.

Dance has now overtaken R&B to become the UK’s third most popular music genre (behind pop and rock). In the first six months of 2013, the market share of dance music singles were up by nearly a fifth to 19.1%, compared to 14.1% for the same period in 2012, while sales of dance music albums now account for one in ten albums purchased in the UK.

“With so many memorable releases this year, not least Daft Punk’s iconic summer anthem, Get Lucky, dance music is well on its way to becoming one of the defining sounds of 2013,” said Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of the BPI. “It's drawing in artists normally associated with other genres, such as hip-hop and dubstep. These fresh influences are giving 2013's dance music an edge which is really cutting through to fans".

"The explosion of electronic dance music in the USA is well-documented worldwide,” explains Ben Turner, co-founder of the newly-created industry trade group Association for Electronic Music. “So it’s great for the UK to now be in a position to reveal statistics as strong as this to show how dance music continues to drive the UK music business forward.”

The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Dance Singles Of 2013 So Far are as follows:

Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Dance Singles Of 2013 So Far

1 GET LUCKY DAFT PUNK FT PHARRELL WILLIAMS
2 WAITING ALL NIGHT RUDIMENTAL FT ELLA EYRE
3 I COULD BE THE ONE AVICII VS NICKY ROMERO
4 WHITE NOISE DISCLOSURE FT ALUNAGEORGE
5 NEED U (100 PERCENT) DUKE DUMONT FT AME
6 DRINKING FROM THE BOTTLE CALVIN HARRIS FT TINIE TEMPAH
7 I NEED YOUR LOVE CALVIN HARRIS/ELLIE GOULDING
8 GET UP (RATTLE) BINGO PLAYERS FT FAR EAST
9 FEEL THIS MOMENT PITBULL FT CHRISTINA AGUILERA
10 HARLEM SHAKE BAAUER

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