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Over-50s 'driving music growth'
Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart, 61 next month, is a leading artist for over-50s
The over-50s are having an increasing impact on the UK music industry, a survey by the record labels' trade body and Age Concern suggests.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) report found 59% of over-50s had bought an album in the previous three months and 29% bought at least six CDs a year.

Favourite artists include Il Divo, Rod Stewart, Tony Christie, Katherine Jenkins, G4 and Ronan Keating.

The BPI said older music fans were driving a growth in sales.

"Nearly a quarter of all albums are bought by older music fans, and that percentage is set to grow as the UK population ages," spokesman Matt Phillips added.

Only 4% of over-50s own a digital music player but 23% intend to buy one in the future, the study found.

Classical popularity

The study also found 59% of over-50s said music was an "important part of their lives", with classical music the most popular genre.

Easy listening and country music were also popular, with 64% of respondents saying they liked rock music.

Some 45% of those surveyed said they listened to BBC Radio 2, with local stations attracting 53% of respondents.

One in five said they listened to Radio 1 each day, more than the 15% who listen to Radio 3 daily, but less than the 34% who tuned into Classic FM.

The survey was carried out by an Age Concern research panel, which surveys a sample of up to 10,000 over-50s on lifestyle issues.

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