Every Monday night, Nielsen/MRC issues its report on how things are going with music sales and streams. With the pandemic still with us, these numbers should give us an idea on how the industry is coping.
Let’s start with year-over-year comparisons. Here’s how things compare with where we were in at this point of 2019.
- Total album sales, -37.1%
- CD sales, -53.2%
- Digital albums, -19.8%
- Digital tracks, -26.0%
- Vinyl LPs, -22.2%
- On-demand audio streams, +16.7%
Now let’s trace things week-over-week.
- Total album sales, +6.2%
- CD sales, +13.4%
- Digital albums, -1.6%
- Digital tracks, -1.0%
- Vinyl LPs, +13.4% (the effect of the second edition of Record Store Day)
- On-demand audio streams, +0.2% (1.757 billion streams in the county last week.)