Weekly Music Sales Report 09 October 2013

Even with five new releases in the Top 10, year-to-date music sales in Canada have now slipped to -5% from 2012 with CD sales are down by 15% year-over-year.  Digital albums are ahead by 13% and digital tracks are warmer by 5%.

Those five debuts in the Top 10 are:  Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (#1, 22,000 units); Lorde and Pure Heroine (#2, 15,000); Haim’s Days are Gone (#7, 2,900) ; Roi De Rien from Michel Rivard (#8) and Wilfred LeBouthilier’s Je Poursuis Ma Route (#10).

Lorde stays on top of the download charts, moving 29,000 of “Royals,” pushing her total beyond 200,000.

In the US, there were four debuts in the Top 10 but sales are still 6% below 2012.  CD sales have dropped by 13% from last year while digital albums are up by a measly 2% while digital singles are down by 4%.

Justin Timberlake debuts at #1 with a healthy 350,000 copies of The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.  Lorde pulls up in second place (129,000) with Tyler Farr’s Redneck crazy (and all it took was 29,000 copies) and Haim at #6 (26,000).

Lorde’s “Royals” is still the #1 download with 308,000 sold, pushing the grand total to more than 2 million. Not back for a 16 year-old.

And get this:  the most-streamed song in all of America was “The Fox” from Ylvis with 12,456,344 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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