Weekly Music News and Sales Report: 20 August 2014

We have a couple more weeks before the industry kicks into high gear for the make-or-break fourth quarter.  Let’s see where things stand.

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is still number one in Canada just by selling 6,500 copies.  On the positive side, it’s only the third album this year to spend multiple weeks at the top of the charts.

Troye Sivan, the Australian YouTube star, debuts at #2 but with a pretty dismal 3,800 copies, edging out the #3 album, Get Hurt from Gaslight Anthem by about 100 units.

The most-downloaded song in Canada this past week was Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (20,000 sold) and the most-streamed song–well, that regular report will begin in September.

In the US, overall album sales are down 19% from last year while CDs are lighter by a similar number.  Digital albums are down by 11% and digital tracks are down by 13% from 2013.

Guardians of the Galaxy is on top of the album charts again (93,000 copies). Further down, Gaslight Anthem debuts at #4 (33,000 copies) while Troye Sivan debuts at #5 (30,000).

As for singles, Meghan Trainor has the top download (239,000) and the most-stream song is still “Fancy” from Iggy Azalea with 8,242,519 listens.

All number courtesy Nielsen SoundScan.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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