Music Industry

Our weekly check on Canadian music sales and streaming stats

Another week, another health checkup on what’s happening with the Canadian recorded music industry starting with the ugly year-over-year comparison stats.

  • Total album sales, -33.9%
  • CD sales, -48.8 % (an improvement, believe it or not)
  • Digital albums, -19.1%
  • Digital tracks, -25.9%
  • Vinyl LPs, -10.7%
  • On-demand audio streams, +15.9% (82.5 billion streams so far this year)

But if we look at the week-over-week numbers, we can see the industry doing better despite the pandemic.

  • Total album sales, +1.2%
  • CD sales, -3.7%
  • Digital albums, +12.0%
  • Digital tracks, -0.9%
  • Vinyl LPs, -0.5%
  • On-demand audio streams, +2.2% (1.860 billion streams this week)

All figures courtesy Nielsen.

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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