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Tracking the Canadian sales battle between CDs and vinyl in 2024: Where are we this week?

Vinyl hasn’t been this popular since the early 90s, although it has yet to take back the sales crown from CDs. Yes, vinyl is out-grossing CDs in terms of revenue (that’s because records are so damn expensive) but CDs are still selling more units on a weekly basis. The gap, however, is decreasing. Here’s where things stand for the week ending May 9, 2024, according to Luminate.

  • Total CDs sold in Canada so far this year: 604,687 (down 16.9% from this time last year)
  • Total NEW vinyl sold in Canada so far: 563,874 (up a whopping 36% from a year ago)
  • CDs sold last week: 31,542 (down 15.8% from the previous week)
  • Vinyl sold last week: 26,632 (down 10.9%)

Streaming? Canadians have accessed 50,905,649,742 audio streams so far in 2024, which is up 11.5% from this point in 2023. Last week alone, we listened to 2.804 billion songs.

Alan Cross

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