Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats: 25 May 2021

The trends in music sales and streaming numbers are holding steady this week, although it will be interesting to see what happens next weekend when the effect of The Tragically Hip’s Saskadelphia has on things.

Year-over-year comparisons:

  • Total album sales, -10.3%
  • CD sales, -11.1%
  • Digital albums, -22.8%
  • Digital tracks, -26.9%
  • Vinyl LPs, +58.4% (not a typo)
  • On-demand audio streaming: +15.3%

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

  • Total album sales, -4.6%
  • CD sales, -3.0%
  • Digital albums, -9.6%
  • Digitial tracks, -1.3%
  • Vinyl albums, +8.4%
  • On-demand audio streams: +3.7% (1.967 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.

One thought on “Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats: 25 May 2021

  • May 28, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Last week wasn’t a great week for new releases. I bet that had an impact on overall sales. Also if people actually had “rock” music pushed into their view there would be a positive impact. So much is ignored to promote the same 10 artists which in reality are pretty much the bottom of the barrel talent wise.


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