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For the first time in history, hip-hop has surpassed rock to become the most popular music genre, according to Nielsen

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was the year's most consumed rap album.

For the first time, hip-hop surpassed rock as the most popular genre in the US last year, according to Nielsen's year-end report.

Eight of the top ten most popular artists came from the hip-hop/R genre, with Drake and Kendrick Lamar taking the first and second spot, respectively.

Nielsen noted that the growth of the hip-hop/R genre was "powered by a 72% increase in on-demand audio streaming" in the genre.

For the first time ever, hip-hop surpassed rock as the most popular genre in the US in 2017, according to Nielsen's year-end report on the music industry.

Nielsen said the hip-hop/R genre ended as the largest genre of the year in terms of "total consumption," which includes album sales and album-equivalent streaming figures.

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