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.