Stats are starting to come in about how Canadians consumed music in 2018

Now that we’re more than a week into the new year, the music industry is starting to release statistics about how things worked out in 2018. Nielsen Music Canada’s year-end report is out now and offers up these insights.

  • Although overall sales were down, overall consumption of music increased 21% in 2018. Chalk it up to more people getting into streaming.
  • Songs were streamed 59 billion times in Canada through 2018, an increase of 47% over 2017.
  • Drake is a monster when it comes to streaming.
  • Sales of vinyl LPs were up again, jumping 25% year-over-year. For the first time in forever, more than a million units of new vinyl were sold across the country.
  • It was an especially good year for women as songs from female performers dominated the charts.
  • K-pop is huge in Canada and getting huger. It’s all about BTS.
  • There were 159 million streams from The Black Panther soundtrack.

You can read more about 2018 in music here.

In America, we have these stats:

  • Music consumption was up by 34%.
  • There were 611 billion songs streams. Add in things like YouTube and the number climbs to 900 billion
  • Vinyl sales were up 15% over 2017.

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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