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)