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:
- Eminem and The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (242,000)
- Celine Dion and Love Me Back to Life (231,000)
- 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
- Celine Dion and Love Me Back to Life (231,000
- Michael Buble’s To Be Loved (139,000)
- Drake’s Nothing Was the Same (108,000)
As for streaming music data? Nielsen Soundscan doesn’t release that information for Canada. Yet.