Weekly Canadian music sales and stream stats: How are things going during the pandemic?

Each Monday, Nielsen/MRC releases statistics on how much music is selling and streaming in Canada. We’ll begin by comparing 2020 to where we were in 2019.

  • Total album sales, -37.4%
  • CD sales, -49.1%
  • Digital albums, -20.0%
  • Digital tracks, -26.1%
  • Vinyl LPs, -23.1%
  • On-demand audio streams, +16.7%

That things are worse than last year is no surprise. But what about week-to-week in 2020?

  • Total album sales, +6.4%
  • CD sales, -6.8%
  • Digital albums, +21.1%
  • Digital tracks, 0.6%
  • Vinyl LPs, +3.5% (We had Record Store Day Part 2 included in these stats)
  • On-demand audio streams, -0.7% (1.754 billion streams in the country last week)

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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