Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats (08 March 2021)

The last couple of weeks have seen the unleashing of a tsunami of new releases, material that was written and recorded during the pandemic. This music has to come out sometime–and that time seems to be now. Is this translating into increased sales and streams yet? Let’s take a look.

Year-over-year numbers (i.e compared to this time in 2020):

  • Total album sales, -29.2%
  • CD sales, -48.4%
  • Digital albums, -20.3%
  • Digital tracks, -24.9%
  • Vinyl LPs, +23.3%
  • On-demand audio streams: +10.7%

Now week-over-week:

  • Total album sales, +4.0%
  • CD sales, +8.1%
  • Digital albums, +5.5%
  • Digital tracks, -0.3%
  • Vinyl LPs, -8.6%
  • On-demand audio streams: +0.8% (1.848 billion streams in the country last week)

All 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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