Music album sales in the United States in 2012, by genre* (in millions)

  Million units sold
Rock 102.5
Alternative 52.2
R&B 49.7
Country 44.6
Metal 31.9
Rap 24.2
Christian / Gospel* 22.9
Soundtrack 12.3
Latin 9.7
Dance / Electronic 8.7
Jazz 8.1
Classical 7.5
New Age 1.7
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The statistic above presents data on music album sales in the United States in 2012, broken down by genre. In 2012, 8.1 million jazz albums were sold in the U.S. The most popular genre of the year was rock with 102.5 million sold albums. Country music is still very popular in the United States: in 2011, 44.6 million country albums were sold, outselling such genres as metal, rap or latin. Here you can find out which genres reported largest growth over the last 4 years.

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http://www.statista.com/statistics/188910/us-music-album-sales-by-genre-2010/