Weekly Music Sales Report: 08 August 2012

Sorry for being a bit late this week.  I had a little difficulty getting the data over here in South Korea.

Canadian album sales are running at about 3.5% of last year, a nice bump–especially compared to the US where they’re tracking about that much behind.  Digital tracks running hot by 25%.  

To put things in terms of sheer numbers, Canadians have purchased 16.2 million albums and downloaded about 67 million tracks so far in 2012.  Meanwhile, we’ve bought about 7% fewer CDs. And somewhere along the line, we’ve purchased 800 cassettes.  Yes, cassettes.

Rick Ross is #1 in Canada with God Forgives I Don’t, reaching the top spot with less than 5,400 copies.  The Biebster rolls in at #2 (4,800 copies) and Flo Rida is at #3 (3,700).

Fun.’s “Some Nights” is the biggest digital download in Canad with sales of just under 20,000.

Rick Ross has the #1 album in the US, debutng wiwth 218,000 copies of God Forgives I Don’t.  The Zac Brown Band falls to #2–and only sold 39,000 albums.  Adele is finally showing signs of slowing down, selling 28,000 copies of 21 (good for#8), leaving her about 350,000 copies short of 10 million.

The biggest US download?  Phillip Phillips with “Home” (228,000).

All figures 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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