Talk about Girl Power.
For the first time since it began tracking record sales, the Recording Industry Association of America is reporting that women are buying more music than men.
According to its just released Consumer Profile for 1997, women accounted for 51.4 percent of sales last year, compared with men's 48.6 percent.
The RIAA, which is best known as the organization which certifies gold and platinum albums, believes that the surge in women's sales is most likely due to the large number of hit releases by female artists, as well as the overwhelming success of Elton John's "Candle in the Wind '97," which it claims was mostly bought by women.
Meanwhile, rock music continued to dominate over other genres, accounting for nearly a third of all music purchases, while rap's market share rose from 8 percent to 10 percent.