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Heavy metal was the fastest-growing music genre worldwide in 2018

The metal family grew massively.
1 May 2019 10:41AM

Epic news metal fans, our family is getting bigger

Heavy metal was named the fastest-growing music genre in the world in 2018, arrocding to yearly statistics from TuneCore.

Company CEO Scott Ackerman said in a statement that heavy metal saw a 154 percent increase in streams last year, making it by far and away the fastest growing genre. See full results below. 

Heavy metal – 154% increase
J-Pop – 133% increase
R&B/Soul – 68% increase
K-Pop – 58% increase
World music – 57% increase
Instrumental – 42% increase

In addition to genres, TuneCore also measured overall streaming growth worldwide, with all continents seeing massive gains in 2018. See those results below:

Africa – 146% growth
Asia – 52% growth
Oceania – 38% growth
Europe – 35% growth
South America – 32% growth
North America – 31% growth

The New York-based company provides digital music distribution, publishing and licensing service to independent artists, allowing them to keep 100 percent of what they earn from digital streams worldwide. Most importantly, TuneCore allows artists to spread their music to over 150 digital stores and streaming services including the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Google Play.

The company seems to know what they're doing, as their artists earned US$83 million in the first quarter of 2019 - a 21 percent increase from 2018.

With many metal artists like Slipknot and Tool expected to release new music in 2019, the popularity of heavy metal shows no sign of slowing. 

UNSPECIFIED - circa 1970:  Photo of FANS and HEAVY METAL; fans at an Iron Maiden concert  (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)