Graph Writing # 15 - Music albums purchased by people in Britain

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Column Graphs:

The graphs below show the types of music albums purchased by people in Britain according to sex and age.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.

» You should write at least 150 words.
» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Percentage of British who buy Pop Music

Percentage of British who buy Rock Music

Percentage of British who buy Classical Music

Sample Answer 1:
The given charts enumerate the percentage of pop, rock and classical music album purchasers based on their sex and age group in Britain. As a general trend, men were dominant music album purchasers in every kind of music genre.

In pop music, buyers from 16-34 years old were well ahead than other age groups. 16-25 years old pop album purchasers stood close to that of 25-34 years old and they combinedly purchased more than 60% pop albums sold in Britain. Almost 28% pop albums were purchased by males while this was less than 20% by females. People over 45 years old were less enthusiastic about pop and rock music while their main interest was classical music. With regards to rock music album purchase, a striking similarity between the purchasing trends of pop and rock music albums could be observed. Nevertheless, rock music was the most popular music genre for both male and female prefered pop music.

On the other, classical music was most preferred by the people who were over 45 years old and they purchased 20% music albums of this music type. However, young Britons were quite less enthusiastic about classical music with their 1-2 percent purchase of the album of this genre. Interestingly, British people from 25-34 age group preferred classical music while British citizens from 35-44 did not.

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Sample Answer 2:
The three provided graphs represent data on the type of music albums purchased by the different age groups in Britain. As is observed, Rock is most popular music type among the three music categories and people purchasing classical music album are mostly over 45 years and male listeners purchased more album than that of females.

In all cases, men purchase more music albums than women did. Rock and pop music are more popular among young British while classical among the people over 45 years. The market of rock music albums is mainly dominated by men with a purchase record of over 30% compared to 16% purchase done by women. From the first graph, it is obvious that interest in pop music seems steady among the population who aged from 16 to 44 and after people turn to 45 years, they continue to buy pop type music albums, the ratio decreases nevertheless.

Among the Britons of 16 to 34 years old, the rock music is most revered. Opposite to the classic music graph, the interest in rock music keeps falling after people reach their mid-thirties and a sharp fall after the age 45 is visible.

( This model answer can be followed as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

Sample Answer 3:
The charts present data on pop, rock and classical music album purchase by different age groups of British male and female. It is worth noticing that rock music is more popular among the young people while classical music is preferred by the Britons over 45 years old.

According to bar graphs, more than a quarter British males purchased rock music albums while less than 10% preferred classical music. Similarly 8% Britons female purchased rock music albums while 6% from this same category purchased classical music. This data depicts that more British men purchased music albums than women.

According to age group, rock music is more preferred by 25 to 34 years British who purchased around 31% rock music. These people bought only 17% classical music. 16 to 24 years old British purchased 29% rock music while their percentage for buying classical music is significantly less, only 1%. Rock music is also popular than classical music among the 35 to 44 years age group who bought 14% rock music albums compared to the only 3% classical music purchase. But a completely different trend can be observed among the British over 45 years who prefer classical music over the rock and pop music. People from this age group purchased 20% classic music albums while the rock music albums they purchased amount only 8-10 percentage.

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The bar charts present the numbers of purchased albums based on purchasers' gender and age. The charts were categorised based on music genres.

Overall, pop and rock music are more favourable by more males, teens, and adults, meanwhile, adults over 45 years old prefer classical music rather than other genres.

In detail, over 30% of pop music album consumers are from 25 to 34 years old, and they are around 28% to 30% from male and teen squads. Female and people aged between 35 and 44 years old groups purchase a little less than 20% of pop music albums, and the lowest income exactly 10% are sold to the 45+ years old category.

Similarly, with the first chart, rock music gets the highest sales, more or less 30%, to male, teen, and young adult groups. Both males and adults contribute around 25% and elders purchase below 10%.

The third chart shows a huge difference with elderly people with 20% purchases of classical albums, and 30% are purchased by 25-34 years old groups. In contrast, the other categories seem not interested in classical music, proven by their album purchasing not even 10%.

The given bar graphs compare the percentages of people in Britain who purchased three different types of music albums, specifically pop, rock, and classical music, based on their genders (male and female) and ages (16 to 24, 25 to 34, 35 to 44, and above 45).

Generally, more people, regardless of gender and age, preferred pop and rock music over classical music, with the exception of people above 45 years old.

In detail, about 30% of the males purchased pop and rock music while only less than 10% of them spent their money on classical music. Likewise, almost 20% and 16% of the examined females, respectively, bought pop and rock music albums whereas only around 6-7% of them spent on classical music albums.

Among those people surveyed by their ages, at least 14% of those from age 16-24 and 35-44 used their money for pop and rock music albums when at most 3% of whom paid attention to classical music albums. The same trend is illustrated among those from age 25-34 when around 30% of whom purchased pop and rock albums and 26% of whom bought classical albums.

On the contrary, older people (above 45 years old) seemed to prefer classical music – with up to 20% spending on its albums – compared to at most 10% of whom spent on the other two categories of music albums.

The sample answer 2 has a typical mistake which is replacing Britain with England.
Are you kidding me? The first two charts are almost the same.
The given graphs display the percentages of people who have purchased Pop, Rock and Classical music albums in Britain categorised by age and gender. As indicated in the graph, men have slightly higher preference for purchasing music albums than their female counterparts. Considering the age-wise purchase, young people preferred Rock and Pop music while the Classical music is preferred by older age group.Observing the details, it can be inferred that males have purchased more Rock and Pop music (over 25%) than classical, at about 7%. On the contrary, the purchases by female stood at less than 20% for Rock and Pop and only over 5% for classical music albums. From the age-group point of view, 16-34 years males and females purchased more Rock and Pop albums than the classical albums. Interestingly, classical music albums were popular among the age group of 25-34 and 45+. Very few youngsters and 35-44 years people purchased Classical music albums.
Ruth Bobiles
The given bar graphs present the percentages of British male and female patronizing albums of two different music genres - rock and classical music.From the given illustration it could be deduced that purchasers age significantly matters in music choices, as shown in the data by ages 16 to 24 and 45+ being on the opposite scales of the two music categories. For English between 16 to 24, rock music is highly favoured as 30% of them purchase these music albums while about a small percent of them choose classical music. As opposed to that, 45+ British prefers the opposite - about 20% sides to classical music as compared to only 3% to rock music.As for gender, it could be said that more males are inclined to music as in both graphs; men made more purchase as compared to women.In a general viewpoint, most males and females, and most age groups prefer rock music over classical music in the United kingdom.
Nice one by IELTS students.
Ali Reza
The column charts give data on the percentages of people who bought three different types of music albums in Britain based on their age and sex. A glance at the graphs reveals that male purchased more music albums than that of females and 16-34 years British preferred pop and rock genres while the classical music was favoured by people over 45 years old. As is presented in the illustration, more than one quarter British men purchased pop and rock music while less than 10 percent bought classical music albums. The percentage of women in Britain who bought music albums was lower than that of British males and these women's preference was rock and pop music. The column chart further classifies the percentages of British music purchasers based on their age groups. 30 percent British who were between 16 to 24 purchased pop music and a similar percentage of this age group bought rock music. Purchasers percentage for the pop and rock music between 25 to 34 years old were slightly over 30. These two music categories were less preferred by the people over 35 years old. On the other hand, the highest percentage of classical music buyers fall in 45+ age group followed by 25-36 years age group.
Nazar Puthukudy
Write in paragraphs.
The given charts provide information about music albums purchased in Britain by different age and sex, and what type of music they love to listen.In the rock type of music according to the chart the highest buyers are in the age of 25-34 and followed by ages 16-24. The lowest is at the age of above 45 years old, and according to the graph for rock music, male buyer is greater that female.On the other chart, it shows that mostly at the age of above 45 years old people buy the classical type of music it has more than 20% and followed by ages 25-34, surprisingly the ages 16-24 is very few- about 2% compared to the same age range who buy rock music. The both rock and classical type of music the male is greater than female. In summary, males are more music lovers than females no matter what their age are. As people get older, they change the type of music they usually listen to.