Final Canadian Music Sales Numbers for 2013

Here’s what happened in Canada last year according to Nielsen Sounscan:

  • Digital album sales: Up 9% (10.5 million units to 11.4).
  • Digital track sales:  Up 2% (114.3 million to 116.1 million).

Both these figures are interesting in that digital sales actually decreased in the US in 2013.  Let’s continue.

  • Total album sales (all formats): Down 6% (from 31.1 million to 29.3 million)
  • Overall album sales (all formats plus track-equivalent sales):  Down 4% (from 42.7 million to 40.9 million)
  • Biggest label:  Universal Music Group with a 46.2% market share.  (No surprise there since they swallowed EMI last year.)

Top three selling album:

  1. Eminem and The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (242,000)
  2. Celine Dion and Love Me Back to Life (231,000)
  3. Imagine Dragons and Night Visions (179,000)

Top selling song:  “Blurred Line” from Robin Thicke (692,000)

Top selling digital album:  Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions (100,000)

Top three selling Canadian artists

  1.  Celine Dion and Love Me Back to Life (231,000
  2. Michael Buble’s To Be Loved (139,000)
  3. Drake’s Nothing Was the Same (108,000)

As for streaming music data?  Nielsen Soundscan doesn’t release that information for Canada.  Yet.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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