Music Industry

Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats: 23 August 2021

As we move through month 5,793 of COVID–that’s what it feels like, right?–here’s what’s going on with music sales and streaming in Canada this week.

Year-over-year comparisons:

  • Total album sales: -11.5%
  • CD sales, -5.8%
  • Digital albums, -27.9%
  • Digital tracks, -26.6%
  • Vinyl LPs, +49.8% (That’s enough to push all physical album sales to a gain of 5.8%)
  • On-demand audio streams, +12.4%

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

  • Total album sales, -6.4%
  • CD sales, -6.8%
  • Digital albums, -3.4%
  • Digital tracks, +0.7%
  • Vinyl LPs, -11.8%
  • On-demand audio streams, +1.2% (1.907 billion streams in the country last week)

All data courtesy MRC Data

Alan Cross

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One thought on “Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats: 23 August 2021

  • I wonder if a 12 month rolling year on year compare would be more meaningful, Alan? Monthly stats could be inflated by major releases.

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