Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats: 26 April 2021

Every Monday night, the people at Nielsen/MRC send out a bulletin featuring the latest Canadian music sales and streaming statistics, something eagerly awaited by the music industry. How’s business?

Let’s start with year-over-year numbers, comparing last week to the same week 12 months ago.

  • Total album sales, -12.3%
  • CD sales, -18.3%
  • Digital albums, -21.2%
  • Digital tracks, -25.4%
  • Vinyl LPs, +58.0%(!!!)
  • On-demand audio streams, +15.0%

How about week-over-week? Any improvements?

  • Total album sales, +48.0%
  • CD sales, +101.2% (No, that’s NOT a typo).
  • Digital albums, +11.9%
  • Digital tracks, -1.7%
  • Vinyl LPs, +10.9%
  • On-demand audio streams, -2.1% (1.860 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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