Weekly Music Sales Report – 27 February 2013

Everyone was expecting a little slide this week once the Grammy bump wore off–and here it is.

In Canada, we’re now flat year-to-date as far as music sales go over last year.  Physical CD sales aren’t helping; they down by 16% from 2012.  Digital album sales pick up some of the slack with a 25% year-over-year incrses while digital track sales are up by 11%.

Babel from Mumford & Sons stays at #1, making this its sixth non-consecutive week at the top, selling just 5,800 copies.  (Hey, it’s the end of February.  This isn’t unexpected.)  The Lumineers pull into second place with their self-titled album, which is the second time they’ve reached as high as #2 with this record.

And that’s it.  The biggest debut comes from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds who enter at #20 with Push the Sky Away.  Then we have to go down to #29 for the next new entry, which is Confessions from Buckcherry.

As for the biggest-selling single, it’s “Thrift Shop” from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who moved another 29,000 downloads.

On the US side of things, things are rather ugly.  The market is down 7% year-to-date.  Physical CD sales are down by 19% while digital albums are up just 11%.  Digital singles are hurting, too, down 5.3% from 2012.

Babel is #1 on the American charts, too.  And they only had to sell 63,000 copies to get there.  Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox is at #2 followed by Josh Groban at #3.  As for debuts, things are reversed. Buckcherry has the #20 spot while Nick and Co have #29.

The biggest selling single in the US is “Thrift Shop” with another 364,000 downloads.

The most-streamed song in the US is Drake’s “Started from the Bottom,” with 2,356,302 listens.

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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