Here’s our weekly health check-up on Canadian music sales and streaming stats

Every Monday, Nielsen/MRC releases weekly stats on Canadian music sales and streaming. It’s a great way to monitor the health of the Canadian recorded music industry.

Let’s begin by comparing things to where they were a year ago in The Before Times.

  • Total album sales, -38.0%
  • CD sales, -54.2%
  • Digital albums, -20.3%
  • Digital tracks, -26.2%
  • Vinyl, -24.7%
  • On-demand audio streams, +16.9%

Looking at things week to week, we can track how things are evolving during the pandemic. And for the first time in a long time, the news is mostly good.

  • Total album sales, +20.7%
  • CDs, +67.0%
  • Digital albums, -10.6%
  • Digital tracks, -4.1%
  • Vinyl, +55.2% (momentum from Record Day?)
  • On-demand audio streams, +1.7% (1.733 billion streams in the country)

Finally, declines in album sales in Alberta continue to lead the nation with a year-over-year drop of 50.4%.

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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