Here’s our weekly check on Canadian music sales and streams.

So how is 2021 looking this week? Let’s begin by comparing things to a year ago.

  • Total album sales, -29.5%
  • CD sales, -51.2%
  • Digital albums, -20.6%
  • Digital tracks, -26.4%
  • Vinyl LPs, +18.5% (a nice recovery so far!)
  • On-demand audio streams, +9.1%

Now the week-over-week comparisons.

  • Total albums sales, -1.0%
  • CD sales, +1.4%
  • Digital albums, -9.2%
  • Digital tracks, +0.3%
  • Vinyl LPs, +19.6%
  • On-demand audio streams, +1.2% (1.774 billion streams in the country last week.)

All figures courtesy MRC/Nielsen.

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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