Daft Punk and Disclosure help dance music overtake R&B

05/07/13

Daft Punk

Dance music has become the UK's third most popular genre.

Releases from the likes of Disclosure, Daft Punk and Calvin Harris helped its sale figures overtake R&B in the first half of 2013.

Tracks like Get Lucky [Daft Punk] and I Need Your Love [Calvin Harris] allowed dance music to claim its highest market share, 16.3%, since 2006.

Only pop and rock music have been more popular this year, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

It's great for the UK to now be in a position to reveal statistics as strong as this to show how dance music continues to drive the UK music business forward
Ben Turner
Co-founder of the Association for Electronic Music

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI, said: "Dance music is well on its way to becoming one of the defining sounds of 2013.

"It's drawing in artists normally associated with other genres, such as hip-hop and dubstep. These fresh influences are giving 2013's dance music an edge which is really cutting through to fans."

Disclosure, Rudimental and Duke Dumont are on track to sell a combined 250,000 singles and albums this year.

AlunaGeorge, who announced their first UK tour this week, were among the other top-selling artists in the genre.

Ben Turner, co-founder of the Association for Electronic Music, added: "The explosion of electronic dance music in the USA is well-documented worldwide. It's great for the UK to now be in a position to reveal statistics as strong as this to show how dance music continues to drive the UK music business forward."

The top 10 selling dance singles this year are as follows:

1. Get Lucky - Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams

2. Waiting All Night - Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre

3. I Could Be The One - Avicii vs Nicky Romero

4. White Noise - Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge

5. Need U (100 Percent) - Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E

6. Drinking From The Bottle - Calvin Harris ft. Tinie Tempah

7. I Need Your Love - Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding

8. Get Up (Rattle) - Bingo Players ft. Far East Movement

9. Feel This Moment - Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera

10. Harlem Shake - Baauer

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