This is our weekly check-up on Canadian music sales and streaming stats

Where do this stand with the pandemic and Canadian music sales and streaming? Let’s take a look, starting by comparing things to this point last year.

  • Total album sales, -35.2%
  • CD sales, -50.7%
  • Digital album sales, -19.9%
  • Digital tracks, -26.0%
  • Vinyl LPs, -13.9%
  • On-demand audio streams, +16.3%

A better indicator of the health/recovery of the recorded music industry are the week-over-week stats.

  • Total album sales, -+1.7%
  • CD sales, +0.2%
  • Digital album sales, -0.3%
  • Digital tracks, +3.1%
  • Vinyl LPs, +10.4%
  • On-demand audio streams, +1.1%

Figures courtesy Nielsen/MRC

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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