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More year-end sales numbers: Who sold the most CDs and vinyl in Canada in 2023? Do you have to ask?

Luminate, the monitor of all kinds of music consumption, has published its year-end report for Canada in 2023. That includes lists of the best-selling CDs and vinyl records in the country last year.


  1. Taylor Swift, 1989 (Taylor’s Version): 30,000
  2. Metallica, 72 Seasons: 17,000
  3. Alexandra Stréliski, Neo-Romance: 16,000
  4. Taylor Swift, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version): 13,000
  5. Rolling Stones, Hackney Diamonds: 11,000
  6. Taylor Swift, Lover: 10,000
  7. Salebarbes, A Boire Deboutte: 10,000
  8. Taylor Swift, Midnights: 10,000
  9. Pink, Trustfall: 8,000
  10. Ed Sheeran – (Minus): 8,000


  1. Taylor Swift, 1989 (Taylor’s Version): 43,000 units
  2. Taylor Swift, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version): 18,000
  3. Taylor Swift, Midnights: 18,000
  4. Olivia Rodrigo, Guts: 8,000
  5. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon: 8,000
  6. Lan Del Rey, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Boulevard: 7,000
  7. Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version): 6,000
  8. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours: 6,000
  9. Arctic Monkeys, AM: 5,000
  10. Rolling Stones, Hackney Diamonds: 5,000

Other facts:

  • Album consumption (sales plus streaming) was up to 107.2 million units from 93.2 million in 2022. That’s up 15% and better than America’s 12.6% gain.
  • Most people (73.1%) listened to catalogue music (i.e. material more than two years old).
  • Older Canadian albums did really well.
  • More stats can be found here.

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