Music Industry

The Canadian sales battle between vinyl and CDs continues

The latest data from Luminate, the monitor of all music consumption in Canada, shows that the sales race between vinyl and CDs continues to be close. For the period ending February 29, year-to-date sales looked like this.

  • CD sales: 286,378 (down 19.6% from the same period in 2023)
  • Vinyl sales: 279,437 (up 32.9% from 2023) That figure does not include the sales of used vinyl at record stores, record shows, and online.

It’s also instructive to look at the sales race week-by-week. For the week February 22-29:

  • CD sales: 30,051 (an increase of 3.6% from the previous week)
  • Vinyl sales: 29,096 (an increase of 2.4%)

In other words, we’ve got a real horse race.

Moving to streaming, Canadians streamed 2.701 billion songs last week. That’s up 0.3% from the previous week. Measuring things from this time in 2023, streaming is up 11.6%.

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