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And the best-selling jazz artist of the year is ... Paul McCartney?
Now, look, after the Vijay Iyer vocabularization incident last week , I know

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The 13 Most Popular Musical Genres In America (By Album Sales)

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And the best-selling jazz artist of the year is ... Paul McCartney?
Now, look, after the Vijay Iyer vocabularization incident last week, I know a few of you are going to want to infer that I'm suggesting this is a list of the BEST genres in America. Not true. You can't JUDGE music's IMPORTANCE by sales. If you could, then sad bastard music would have made this list.

No, this is a list I procured from our friends over at Soundscan. I found it interesting, and thought y'all might agree.

Also, I know that calling music "most popular" based on album sales is a little bit like McDonalds boasting "America's Favorite Fry" based on sales. But, to that point, I don't know that there's a better fry that McDs -- and I've got the stretch marks to prove it.

So, without further ado, here's a look at the best selling musical genres in America according to Soundscan sales numbers (through Oct. 7, 2012):

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With 35,000 albums sold, Jim Brickman's Love is the best-selling new age album of the year.
13. New Age: 975,000 albums sold.

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With 129,000 albums sold, Marvin Sapp's I Win is the best-selling gospel album of the year.
12. Gospel: 4.312 million

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With 77,000 albums sold, Andrea Bocelli's Concerto, One Night in Central Park is the best-selling classical album of the year.
11. Classical: 4.592 million

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With 237,000 albums sold, Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom is the best-selling jazz album of the year.
10. Jazz: 5.157 million

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With 512,000 albums sold, Madonna's MDNA is the best-selling electronic album of the year.
9. Electronic: 6.989 million

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With 115,000 albums sold, Romeo Santos' Formula Vol. 1 is the best-selling Latin album of the year.
8. Latin: 7.377 million

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With 447,000 albums sold, The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond is the best-selling soundtrack of the year.
7. Soundtrack: 8.983 million

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With 674,000 albums sold, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday is the best-selling rap album of the year.
6. Rap: 18.325 million

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With 495,000 albums sold, Linkin Park's Living Things is the best-selling album in Soundscan's "Hard Music" category.
5. "Hard Music": 23.883 million

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With 1,025,000 albums sold, Lionel Richie's Tuskegee is the best-selling country album of the year.
4. Country: 28.837 million

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With 861,000 albums sold, Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits is the best-selling R&B album of the year.
3. R&B: 36.667 million

2. Alternative: 39.776 million

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With 865,000 units sold so far this year, Mumford & Sons' Babel is the best-selling rock and alternative album of the year (yes, albums can be entered in multiple genres).
1. Rock: 79.842 million

 
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