Every Monday evening, Nielsen Music Canada issues its weekly look at Canadian music sales and streaming. Here’s how things are looking in the time of COVID-19.
- Compared to this time last year, total album sales are down 38.6%
- The biggest drop has been in CD sales, which are down 53.3%.
- Digital albums are softer by, er, only 22.3%,
- Digital tracks are down 26.7%.
- Vinyl LPs are down 27%.
- Meanwhile, on-demand audio streams are ahead by 16.5%
Now let’s zoom in and compare things week-over-week.
- Overall album sales are more-or-less holding steady, down just 1.2% from the previous week.
- CD sales are actually up 7.2% over the last seven days.
- Digital albums have faltered by 9.0%.
- Digital tracks are up by 2.1%.
- Vinyl is up by 11.8%.
- On-demand audio is up by 2.7% (1.747 billion streams last week).
The worst-hit area for album sales remains Alberta, with a year-over-year drop of 48.3%. Quebec is down 45.9%.