Weekly Music Sales Report: 22 August 2012

Canadian music sales are still holding on to a 3% increase over 2011 despite another light week for new releases.  Physical CD sales are down 8% year-to-date but digital album sales are up 29%.  Meanwhile, digital track sales are at +25% for the year.

Corb Lund has the #1 album in the country with Cabin Fever, which sold a whopping 5,000 copies in its first week.  The other debut in the Top 10 is 2 Chainza with Based on a A T.R.U. Story (2,500 copies).  That’s about all that’s worth reporting at the moment.

Taylor Swift has the highest-selling digital track with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” with 50,000 downloads. Thank God for failed relationships, eh, Taylor?

In the US, year-to-date music sales remain down 4% while physical CD sales have crashed by 13% from 2011.  Digital tracks are up 7% and digital albums are up 16% from last year.

Based on A T.R.U. Story from 2 Chainz debuts at #1 with 147,000 units.  Insane Clown Posse’s Mighty Death Pop debuts at #4 (41,000 copies; compare that with the #27 debut in Canada with about 1,200 copies  Apparently, we just not down with ICP.)

Biggest download?  Taylor Swift wtih 623,000 downloads.  That’s a lot, second only to Flo Rida’s 636,000 downloads for “Right Round” in 2009.

All figures 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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