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%.