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

Luminate, the collector of all music consumption data in Canada, is out with its latest data on the Canadian sales battle between CDs and vinyl. Did you ever think we’d be tracking such a thing? It’s like this is 1990 all over again.

Here’s where things stand for the week ending May 3, 2024.

  • Total CDs sold in Canada so far this year: 572,145 (that’s down16.7% from this time last year)
  • Total vinyl records (new only) sold in Canada so far: 536,242 (up 23.8% from a year ago)
  • CDs sold in Canada last week: 37,462 (down 41.5% from the previous week–but that was Record Store Day Week, so those numbers were inflated)
  • VInyl sold in Canada last week: 31,029 (down 54.5%; again, it’s the post Record Store Day drop)

Bottom line is that CDs are still outselling vinyl records on a weekly basis, but the gap is narrowing.

Let’s also look at streaming. Last week, Canadians streamed 2.778 billion songs. That’s down 1.1% from the previous week but up 11.2% from the same week in 2023.

And here’s a big number: The total number of songs streamed by Canadians so far this year is 48,102,078,918.

Alan Cross

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