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  Rock thrashes pop in album sales for first time
Updated 25 April 2003, 14.31

Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters
Rock music has thrashed pop in the shops for the first time ever.

Albums by artists like Coldplay, the Foo Fighters and Oasis have outsold fluffy pop acts.

That's never happened in the UK before.

Pink sold loads of albums too
Pink sold loads of albums too
And there have been some really strong pop albums lately - CDs by Pink, Blue and Robbie Williams have sold millions of copies.

But it's not enough to beat rock.

Rock albums made up 31 per cent of album sales in 2002, whereas pop sales fell to just over 30 per cent.

Pop Idol

It's a small difference, but it's quite significant in the music biz.

Hip hop stars like Nelly are doing well
Hip hop stars like Nelly are doing well
But pop still rules when it comes to selling the most singles.

Thanks to Pop Idol producing stars like Gareth, Will and Darius, there were millions more singles sold last year.

Rap, hip hop, punk and metal bands are also doing much better.

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