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

The latest Canadian sales and streaming figures from MRC/Nielsen Canada came in on schedule last night. Here’s how the recorded music landscape shapes up this week.

Year-over-year comparisons:

  • Total album sales, -35.9%
  • CD sales, -51.7% (we may not see 3 million units sold for the entire year)
  • Digital albums, -19.9%
  • Digital tracks, -26.0%
  • Vinyl LPs, -16.7%
  • On-demand audio streams, +16.4%

Rough numbers to be sure, thanks to the pandemic.

Week-over-week comparisons:

  • Total album sales, =4.2%
  • CD sales, -7.5%
  • Digital albums, +6.9%
  • Digital tracks, -0.7%
  • Vinyl LPs, 16.6%
  • On-demand audio streams, -0.4% (1.730 million streams in 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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