Let’s check on Canadian music sales and streams during the time of pandemic.

The numbers are in for last week’s Canadian CD sales and streaming. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Total album sales are down 38.4% from this point last year.
  • CD sales are 52.2% lower than on June 1, 2019
  • Digital albums are down 22.9%
  • Digital tracks are -26.6%
  • Vinyl LPs have dropped by 29.3%
  • On-demand audio streams are up 16.6% year-over-year.

But what about within the pandemic period itself? A bit better than the previous week.

  • Total album sales are up 2.4%
  • CD sales actually rose by 34%
  • Digital album fell by 8.2%
  • Digital tracks are down by 5.9%
  • Vinyl dropped by 7.3%
  • On-demand audio streams are up by 1.6%.

The province that’s been hit hardest by a decline in album sales is Alberta, which has seen a fall of 44.6%

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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