Weekly Music Sales Report – 13 June 2012

There are four new albums in the Top Ten in Canada, but sales are down from last week.  The good news is that things are pacing at 3% ahead of last year.  Physical CD sales are 8% over 2011 while digital album sales are up by 31%.  Digital tack sales are up 28% from last year.

Adele is back at #1 as 6,700 Canadians realized they didn’t have the album yet. That’s a 12% boost over last week–but it’s also the lowest sales total for a #1 album so far this year.  If you’re counting, this is the 35th time 21 has been at #1 in this country since its release.

Mixmania debuts at #2 (6,500) while Alan Jackson’s Thirty Miles West ends up at #4 (4,600).  Americana from Neil Young finished at #6 (3,500).

Only 574 copies of Madonna’s MDNA were sold this past week.  That’s good for a #80 spot.

The biggest digital song in the country is Flo Rida’s “Whistle” with 25,000 downloads.

In the US, iIt was better than last week.  Sales are up 5% over the past week but now pacing at -3% from 2011.  Physical CD sales are 11% lower than they were at this time last year.  Digital sales are at +14% over last year.

Adele is back at #1 (75,000).  This is the first time since March that she’s topped the American charts. Alan Jackson is at #2 (73,000).  And get this:  the Beach Boys are at #3 with That’s Why God Made the Radio.  Compare that finish (and the 61,000 units sold) to the #14 debut in Canada (with 1,900 copies). Interesting.  Madonna?  Number 168.  Yike.

On the digital side in ‘Murica, it’s still “Call Me Maybe” from Carly Rae Jepson with just over 293,000 downloads.  Gotye and “Somebody That I Used to Know” still selling 200,000 downloads at week and is at #2.

All numbers 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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