Music Streaming Up in the US by a Third

CD sales may be in freefall, but streaming is taking off–in the US, anyway.

According to Nielsen Soundscan says that there were 118 billion streams in the US through 2013 while CD sales dropped by almost 14%.

And its not just the US, either.  In the UK, music streaming was up by 33.7% and now is responsible for 10% of all consumer revenues from recorded music.

Canada?  Not so much.  They don’t release those figures for us.  Yet.  We’ll get there, though.

Meanwhile, here’s the list of the most-streamed songs in the US for 2013.

  • 1. Harlem Shake – Baauer – 489,674,000
  • 2. Gangnam Style – Psy – 279,949,000
  • 3. Thrift Shop – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Ft Wanz – 256,954,000
  • 4. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus – 187,648,000
  • 5. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons – 171,286,000
  • 6. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus – 155,356,000
  • 7. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke – 138,790,000
  • 8. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – 135,758,000
  • 9. Sail – Awolnation – 134,483,000
  • 10. Started from the Bottom – Drake – 125,465,000

(Via the BBC)

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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