Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats: 15 November 2021

The recorded music industry is bracing for the release of Adele’s 30 album this Friday. Take note of these numbers because I have a feeling they’re really going to change in the next two weeks.

Year-over-year comparisons:

  • Total album sales, -12.2%
  • CD sales, -6.8%
  • Digital albums, -27.0%
  • Digital racks, -25.4%
  • Vinyl LPs, +31.3%
  • On-demand audio streams, +12.5%

Now let’s compare last week to the week previous:

  • Total album sales, +4.6%
  • CD sales, +8.6%
  • Digital albums, +1.9%
  • Digital tracks, +3.6%
  • Vinyl LPs, -0.8%
  • On-demand audio streams, +1.2% (2.013 billion streams in the country last week)

All numbers courtesy of MRC Data.

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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