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Electronic Music Claims Highest Market Share Since 2006



In utterly unsurprising news dance music sales have seen a sharp increase throughout the last 6 months to give the scene its highest UK market share (16.3%) since 2006, according to Official Charts Company data released by the BPI.

Electronic music single sales were up by just under 20% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2012 whilst album sales have soared by over a third with a glut of big full length releases from a series of the industry’s biggest dance music artists.

With this years stats putting dance music as the third most popular genre within the UK after pop and rock whilst leapfrogging R’n’B analysts are expecting the upward trend of things electronic to continue for the foreseeable future with Ben Turner, co-founder of the newly-created industry trade group Association for Electronic Music, adding “The explosion of electronic dance music in the USA is well-documented worldwide, 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.”

With electronic acts dominating this years festival scene and both the album and singles charts it didn’t come at all as a shock to us here at DT. Long may it continue!

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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