Another weekly check on Canadian music sales and streaming stats

Nielsen/MRC’s report on Canadian music sales and streaming stats for the week ending November 20 appeared in my inbox right on time. Let’s start by comparing the situation year over year.

  • Total album sales, -34.%
  • CD sales, -50.3%
  • Digital albums, -19.7%
  • Digital tracks, -25.9%
  • Vinyl LPs, -12.6%
  • On-demand audio streams, +16.2%

Given that we’re in the midst of a pandemic, those numbers are skewed. Let’s look at things week over week.

  • Total album sales, +28.9% (Thanks to AC/DC’s strong showing with the Power Up album)
  • CD sales, +42.2% (same!)
  • Digital albums, +19.1% (and again!)
  • Digital tracks, -1.6%
  • Vinyl LPs, +14.1%
  • On-demand audio streams. -1.4% (1.730 billion streams in the country last week)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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