Here’s your weekly check on Canadian music sales and streams

With just a couple of weeks to go before Christmas, here’s how the Canadian recorded music industry is doing, starting with the ugly comparisons between this time in 2019 and today.

  • Total album sales, -34.0%
  • CD sales, -48.9%
  • Digital albums, -43.2%
  • Digital tracks, -25.9%
  • Vinyl LPs, -10.3%
  • On-demand audio streams, +16.0%

Now let’s compare week-over-week (which includes Black Friday sales).

  • Total album sales, +4.2%
  • CD sales, +3.2%
  • Digital albums, -1.2%
  • Digital tracks, +1/4%
  • Vinyl LPs, +16.0%
  • On-demand audio streams, +3.1% (1.819 billion streams in the country last week)

All figures courtesy Nielsen/MRC

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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