Every Monday evening, Nielsen/MRC issues statistics on how music sales and streaming are doing in the country.
Here’s how things look year-over-year (i.e. comparing today to the Before Times):
- Total album sales, -37.5%
- CDs, -53.5%
- Digital albums, -19.6%
- Digital tracks, -26.5%
- Vinyl, -26.0%
- On-demand audio streams, +17.1%
However, it’s more illuminating to look at how things are progressing week after week during the pandemic.
- Total album sales, -8.7% from the previous week.
- CDs, -0.1%
- Digital albums, -13.6%
- Digital tracks, -3.9%
- Vinyl, -3.1%
- On-demand audio streams, -3.3% (1.733 billion streams in the country last week)
Still a long way to go before we can declare a recovery.