Today commemorates the first birthday of the Authorities Americana Albums Graph-- the UK's initial dedicated chart for Americana music, assembled by the Authorities Charts Company, combined with the Americana Music Organization UK.
While The Lumineers assert the largest Americana cd overall, it's Van Morrison at the helm of a shocking military of UK acts representing a quarter of the genre's best vendors in 2016. Van Morrison envisioned gathering an unique honor at tonight's UK Americana Awards in London.
The Official Americana Albums Graph - released every Friday on OfficialCharts.com - highlights the flourishing Americana scene in the UK, where in 2016, 25% of the UK's Leading 40 greatest Americana albums came thanks to home-grown acts.
Americana music is defined as modern music that incorporates aspects of numerous American origins songs styles, consisting of nation, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B as well as blues. Conversely, in the words of the inimitable Billy Bragg finally year's UK Americana Honors, "Americana ... c and w for individuals who such as The Smiths".
Colorado three-piece The Lumineers cover the 2016 year-end Americana run-through, exposed today, with Cleopatra. Discussing their success in the genre, Wes Schultz from the band tells OfficialCharts.com:
" I really feel very grateful that in an age where singles appear to be the focus, lots of people are still out there who still listen to cds, and also can't believe we were the top seller in the US as well as U.K.".
The cds featured in the newly unveiled listing marketed over half a million cds between them in 2016-- that's all new studio recordings, no biggest hits.
In general as a genre, Americana carries out specifically strongly in physical item, with 66% of its consumption in 2015 coming from documents offered on CD and also vinyl. Van Morrison's Maintain Me Singing-- the most significant UK Americana launch of 2016, and a document that spent 10 weeks at Number 1 on the Authorities Americana Chart-- was one of the most physical of completion of year listing, at 91%.
Van Morrison was presented with an unique honor finally night's UK Americana Honors 2017 at St John at Hackney, and commented:.
" It is fantastic to be connected with an honor that identifies songwriters as well as musicians and also which pulls together the different influences of blues, rhythm & blues, folk, nation and also rock & roll. I am incredibly honoured to receive the honor for the most significant marketing UK Americana album of 2016.".
The vibrant weekly Authorities Americana Chart saw 178 brand-new entries throughout its first year and also showcased a mix of established artists such as Lucinda Williams and Sturgill Simpson, in addition to the brand-new type of Americana musicians consisting of Margo Cost and Ryley Pedestrian.
Giving a UK-relevant twist to the chart, the run-through additionally includes musicians whose work is influenced by Americana, such as West London outfit Bear's Den, that protect 2 positionings ultimately of year chart with Red Planet & Pouring Rainfall (6) and Reside in Amsterdam which finished as one of the 40 greatest Americana documents of the year (Number 37) regardless of only being offered electronically. Its success was powered by its efficiency on streaming solutions, that made up 98% of its complete consumption.
Independent musicians are well-represented in the once a week chart, with 37% of the entries throughout the last YEAR originating from independent tags. 8 of 2016's Number 1 Americana cds were indie launches, with document tag Food preparation Vinyl supplying 3 of those successes: Billy Bragg and also Joe Henry's Sparkle A Light, Seth Lakeman's Ballads Of The Broken Couple of, as well as Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones' Little Windows.
Martin Talbot, President, Authorities Charts Firm comments:
" It has actually been an excellent initial year for the Official Americana Graph, which has accentuated almost 180 releases in this burgeoning field, producing sales of greater than 500,000 albums. Congratulations to Van Morrison, The Lumineers as well as Elle King in aiding drive that success.".