Music Industry

Here’s our weekly look at vinyl sales in Canada. (Spoiler: They are still good.)

Luminate, the company that measures all manner of music consumption in Canada, tells us this week that vinyl is still having a good year.

So far in 2023, Canadians have bought 228,774 pieces of fresh vinyl, meaning that used vinyl and anything purchases online and at record shows aren’t included. That’s year-over-year increase of 34%.

Compare that to compact discs, which have seen a year-to-date drop in sales of 19.7%. With 227,319 units sold, CDs are pretty much running neck-and-neck with vinyl.

While we bought 26,238 vinyl records last week (about the same as the week previous) we also purchased 27,838 CDs, a drop of 5.5%.

Alan Cross

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