Fifth of all songs streamed in UK in 2020 were rap and hip hopon April 15, 2021 at 10:14 am

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

New figures from the BPI show rap and hip hop streams are at an all-time high.

Split screen pic of Headie One, KSI and Meg Thee Stallion

image copyrightGetty Images

Rap music had its most successful year ever in the UK in 2020, according to new figures.

Data from the BPI – the UK’s association of independent and major labels – shows over a fifth of songs streamed were rap and hip hop.

When BPI started recording data like this in the 1990s, rap music only counted for 3.6% of the singles market. In 2020, it was 22%.

Headie One, Dave and AJ Tracey got up to 50 million plays in the UK each.

The genre’s growth in the album market has gone from 2.7% in 2014 to 12.2% in 2020.

KSI’s Dissimulation album was the biggest-selling debut album of the year and reached number two in the charts in May.

Rapper Nines got his first number one in September with Crabs in a Bucket.

“To know how much Black British music has impacted the music industry at large is something I couldn’t be more proud of,” says Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson, founder of TRENCH Magazine.

“From the days when Grime and Rap was an afterthought in mainstream spaces, to now being a driving force in the UK’s musical landscape.”

Split screen pic of Tion Wayne, Bree Runway and Aitch

image copyrightGetty Images

Aitch, Tion Wayne and DigDat all made Top 10 in the charts and overall, British artists make up a third (33.6%) of all the Rap and Hip hop singles streamed in 2020.

Not to forget international rappers like Pop Smoke whose album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon got to number one in the UK last year.

He was the first solo artist to achieve this with a posthumous album.

The BPI also names new female artists making an impact in the UK rap scene, like Bree Runway who recently made top 10 on the BBC’s Sound of 2021 list, as helping drive streaming figures for UK rap.

Presentational grey line

Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 weekdays – or listen back here.

- Advertisement -




Covid: All adults in Wales to be offered first jab by Mondayon June 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm

If reached, it means a key target will have been hit six weeks ahead of schedule.If reached, it means a key target will have...

Does Amazon Prime Work For You?

A while back, I was talking to a friend about some reviews I had read online about Amazon Prime and how well it was...

What Is Netflix?

What Is Netflix?If you are using the internet, then it is extremely likely that you have heard of Netflix. If you are a...

Elaine Thompson-Herah wins 100m as Dina Asher-Smith comes third in Parison August 28, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Watch Elaine Thompson-Herah break the women's 100m meeting record with a time of 10.72 seconds as Dina Asher-Smith finishes third in the Diamond League...

NHS Covid-19 app update blocked for breaking Apple and Google’s ruleson April 12, 2021 at 9:28 am

Apple and Google's rules state that no location data from app users can be shared.image copyrightPA MediaAn update to England and Wales's contact tracing...