Is there any good news about Canadian music sales this week? Let’s take a look.

COVID-19 continues to ravage all areas of the Canadian retail sector, including the sales of recorded music. Here are the latest sales and streaming stats.

  • Total album sales are 38.2% below where they were at this point in 2019.
  • CDs are down by a whopping 51.1% year-over-year.
  • Digital albums are softer by 23.1%
  • Digital tracks are down 26.9%
  • Vinyl is down by 31.1%
  • On-demand music streams are about equal to where they were a year ago (~1.62 billion streams).

Now let’s compare things week-to-week.

  • Total album sales are 7.3% lower than last week.
  • CDs are down 4.8%
  • Digital albums are down 12.9%
  • Digital tracks about even (+0.6%)
  • Vinyl is a bright spot with a gain of 24.1% week-over-week.
  • On-demand music streams are flat (-0.8%)

By the way, the province that has seen the biggest drop in album sales year-over-year is Quebec (-46.3%) with Alberta second (-44.1%).

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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