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

As usual, Nielsen/MRC has delivered its weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats. Where do things stand at this point in the pandemic? Let’s start with year-over-year comparisons.

  • Album sales, -38.1% from this point in 2019.
  • CD sales, -54.4%
  • Digital albums, -20.0%
  • Digital tracks, -26.2%
  • Vinyl, -25.6%
  • On-demand audio streams, +17%

Now let’s track things week-over-week in 2020.

  • Total album sales, -15.7% from a week ago
  • CD sales, -29.5%
  • Digital albums, -3.2%
  • Digital tracks, -3.9%
  • Vinyl, -24.9% (a big comedown from the first Record Store Day of the year)
  • On-demand audio streams, -1.2% (1.705 billion streams in the country last week)

The province worst hit by a drop in album sales remains Alberta with a drop of 50.5% over 2019.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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