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Pop/rock

October 06, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Country is out, jazz is in, but rock still rules at the cash register, according to a recently released survey of 1986 record sales by the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers. Pop-rock music accounted for 53% of all sales. Black music was a distant second with 10% of sales. Country music, which accounted for 9% of retail sales two years ago, fell to 5%. Jazz jumped from 3.7% to 8%. Sales of compact discs soared 700%, accounting for 27% of sales; in 1984, CD sales amounted to a paltry 4%.

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