Our weekly look at Canadian music sales and streams

We’re well into February. How are things looking for Canadian music sales and streams now that we’re at almost the one year anniversary of COVID? Let’s start with the year-over-year figures courtesy Nielsen/MCR.

  • Total album sales, -30.4%
  • CD sales, -52.5%
  • Digital albums, -20.8%
  • Digital tracks, -26.6%
  • Vinyl LPs, +19.6%
  • On-demand audio streams, +9.7%

Now here’s what happened week-over-week:

  • Total album sales, -1.1%
  • CD sales, -3.6%
  • Digital albums, -1.2%
  • Digital tracks, -0.1%
  • Vinyl LPs, +3.1%
  • On-demand audio streams, +2.4% (1.789 billion 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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