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Rap music on way out.

RAP music, blamed for rising inner city crime, is on the way out, latest music business sales figures revealed yesterday.

Sales of rap albums by artists such as Jay-Z, Eminem and 50 Cent have fallen by more than 20 percent since 2005, experts at Nielsen SoundScan said.

Other sorts of music which have suffered include R&B, the genre popularised by BeyoncA, J-Lo and Mariah Carey, which is down by more than 18 percent.

Sales of rock and pop have remained steady but country music, particularly by new artists such as Ryan Adams, is the big winner, with sales up 10 percent.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2007
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