Music Industry

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

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