Hip-Hop & R&B Are The Most-Streamed Genres

Drake and Future

Rap and R&B music is the most-streamed genre in the world, according to Nielsen, as reported by the New York Times.

The report says songs in the genre comprise 17 percent of album sales, as well as 26 percent of all streams.

"What we're seeing is the truth about consumption," Steve Berman, vice chairman of Interscope Records says.

Both genres significantly beat out Rock with first-week streaming counts.

The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness was streamed 57 million times its first week after release, while Drake and Future's joint What a Time to be Alive mixtape was streamed 40.3 million times worldwide its debut week.

Drake also saw 48 million streams with his solo project, If Youre Reading This Its Too Late. He broke Spotify's one-week record with 17 million streams its first week on the service.

And, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly was streamed 38 million times.