Our weekly check-up on Canadian music sales and streaming stats

Nielsen/MRC has issued its regular look at what’s happening with Canadian music sales and streaming consumption. With the pandemic causing all sorts of havoc for the recorded music industry, it’s instructive to look at things in two ways.

First, here’s how things compare to 2019 (i.e. The Before Times).

  • Total album sales, -26.3%
  • CD sales, -52.2%
  • Digital albums, -19.9%
  • Digital tracks, -26.0%
  • Vinyl LPs, -18.3%
  • On-demand audio streams, +16.5%

What about week-over-week? What are the recent trends? There’s reason for optimism, largely driven by an increase in big-name releases.

  • Total album sales, +25.4%
  • CD sales, +37.1%
  • Digital albums, +7.5%
  • Digital tracks, +2.4%
  • Vinyl LPs, +38.8%
  • On-demand audio streams, +0.7% (1.737 billion streams in the the country last week)

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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