May 01, 2019

Heavy metal is the fastest-growing music genre

Heavy metal topped all other genres in 2018 in increased streams and downloads in 2018 from the previous year, according to music distribution company TuneCore. Streams and downloads at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and more than 150 other music streaming and download services, that are home to 250,000 artists, totaled 199.3 billion in 2018, an increase of 83% from 2017. Heavy metal saw an increase of 154%, J-Pop was up 133%, R&B/Soul grew 68%, K-Pop was 58% up, and World music 57%, Consequence of Sound reports.