Canadian music sales and streaming stats: 18 October 2021

I went to bed last night before the weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats came in. I feel shame.

Here’s where things stand compared to last year.

  • Total album sales, -11.5%
  • CD sales, -5.1%
  • Digital albums, -27.7%
  • Digital tracks, -26.2%
  • Vinyl LPs, +41%
  • On-demand audio streams, +12.4%

Now let’s look at the week-over-week numbers.

  • Total album sales, -4.6%
  • CD sales, -0.1%
  • Digital albums, -6.0%
  • Digital tracks, 0.8%
  • Vinyl LPs, -12.0%
  • On-demand audio streams, -0.9% (1.960 billion streams in the country last week).

It’ll be interesting to watch the Adele Effect in the coming weeks. All numbers courtesy MRC.

More sales stats here.

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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