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Here are the latest figures on the Canadian sales race between CDs and vinyl

Ten years ago, the idea that vinyl would outgross and outsell CDs again was sheer fantasy. Now, though, things are different. CDs still sell more units in Canada than vinyl (if we on count new vinyl and not anything used sold at stores, record shows and online) but because it’s more expensive, old-school records are bringing in more revenue.

Here are the latest sales figures via Luminate:

  • Total CDs sold in Canada last week: 31,216 (about the same was the week before)
  • Total vinyl units sold in Canada last week: 29,569 (up 12.9% from the previous week)
  • CDs sold in Canada so far this year: 798,778 (-16.0% from a year ago)
  • Vinyl sold in Canada so far this year: 721,661 (up 33.1% from 2023)

Streaming? So far, Canadians have listened to 69,923,780,384 songs this way in 2023, which is up 11.5% from 2023. Last week alone, we listened to 2.969,866,061tracks, about the same as the week before. It won’t be long before we hit the magic three billion/week mark.

Alan Cross

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