Music Industry

Here’s the latest in the Canadian sales battle between CDs and vinyl

Sorry for being late with this information, but I’m on the road this week and my posting hours are a bit erratic. But let’s get the job done.

Canadian sales data from Luminate show that CDs are still outselling vinyl but the gap continues to narrow between the two formats. Vinyl is generating more money because they’re so damned expensive and any sales figures don’t include the sale of used vinyl at indie record stores, online, and record shows.

Here’s what we have this week:

  • Total CDs sold so far this year: 831,015 (down 15.8% from this time last year)
  • Total new vinyl LPs sold so far this week: 746,382 (ahead 33.3%)
  • CDs sold last week: 32,237 (up 3.3% from the previous week)
  • Vinyl sold last week: 24.721 (down 16.4%)

Streaming? We listened to 2,741,691,400 songs last week bringing the yearly total to 70,665,471,784.

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