The coronavirus continues to really screw things up for the recorded music industry. How much? Let’s take a look at the weekly sales and streaming numbers provided by MRC/Nielsen, starting with where things stand today vs. 12 months ago.
- Total album sales, -37.4%
- CDs, -53.5%
- Digital albums, -19.4%
- Digital tracks, 026,5%
- Vinyl, -26.2%
- On-demand audio streams, +17.1%.
So not much good news, right? But since COVID-19 is a 2020 phenomenon (at least so far), it’s perhaps better to trace sales and streams week-by-week. Here’s how things have changed over the last seven days.
- Total album sales, -4.9%
- CDs, +10.8% (thanks almost exclusively to Taylor Swift)
- Digital albums, -15.2%
- Digital tracks, -3.7%
- Vinyl, +5.6%
- On-demand audio streams, +0.7%
I’ll keep you posted.