Nielsen/MRC, who keeps track on the music consumption of Canadians, released its weekly look at, well, how we’re consuming music during these pandemic times.
We’ll start by comparing things to where they were at this point in 2019. Note that these figures include the first edition of Record Store Day 2020, which happened August 28.
- Total album sales, -37.8%
- CD sales, -53.8%
- Digital albums, -20.0%
- Digital tracks, -26.3%
- Vinyl LPs, -25.6%
- On-demand audio streams, +17.2%
Now let’s look at things from week-to-week. This is where the RSD numbers come in.
- Total album sales, +12.7% from the previous week.
- CD sales, +23/1%
- Digital albums, 4.0%
- Digital tracks, -0.1%
- Vinyl LPs, +20.9%
- On-demand audio streams, -0.4% (1.724 billion streams in Canada last week)