Weekly Music Sales and Analysis: 28 March 2014

Yeah, it’s really late this week–but the raw numbers didn’t come in until last night.

So where do things stand in Canada?  Overall sales are now 7% worse than they were at this time last year.  CD sales continue to drop (-7% from 2013) and digital albums are down 8% year-to-date.  Digital tracks are down a full 11%.  That’s not a good way to end the first quarter.

There are five debuts in the Canadian Top 10, although the Frozen soundtrack is back at #1 with 13,500 units sold.  The top debut belongs to Skrillex with Recess (#3, 7,000 copies) followed by Supermodel from Foster the People (#4, 6,500), Going to Hell from The Pretty Reckless (#5, 5,200), Enrique Eglesias’ Sex and Love (#8, 2,800) and finally YG’s My Krazy Life at #10.  The biggest download is still “Happy” from Pharrell Williams (33,000 fresh purchases).

On the US side of the border, year-to-date sales are pacing at -15%. CD sales are down 19% (!!!) compared to 2013 while digital albums are behind by 13% and digital tracks down 11%.

Frozen is back at #1 this week in America with 202,000 copies, its biggest one-week sales number to date, thanks to the release of the movie on DVD and on-demand.  YG has the top debut with 61,000 copies of his debut.  Foster the People landed at #3 (54,000) followed by Skrillex (#4, 47,000), The Pretty Reckless (#5, 35,000), Enrique Eglesias (#8, 24,000) and Taking Back Sunday (#10).

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” continues to rule the downloads chart (370,000 purchases this past week) while the most-streamed song is “Dark Horse” from Katy Perry with 8,376,594 listens.

All numbers courtesy Nielsen Soundscan.

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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