Weekly Music Sales Report – 28 September 2011

As labels and retailers begin to throw everything they’ve got at the all-important fourth quarter, it’s no surprise that sales are up 3% over last week.  That’s helpful, given that pacing is still less than 1% behind 2010.

And guess what’s #1 in Canada again this week?  Points off to anyone who didn’t say Adele and 21.  This is the 19th week in 2011 that this record has been in the top spot.  And with a 3% increase in sales over last week, it looks like the album is pushing for a strong finish.  With this week’s 21,000 units, 21 has sold more than 550,000 copies in Canada.

There were three debuts in the top ten this week:  85 year-old Tony Bennett (!!!) at #2 with almost 14,000 copies of his duets album.  At #3, it’s Demi Lovato’s Unbroken (8,000) and Le Vrai Monde from Kain at #7 (5,000),

Other noble chart debuts includes the soundtrack to Pearl Jam Twenty (#12, 3,400 copies; I would have expected more), Thrice (#22), Opeth (#26), Superheavy (#32) and Tori Amos (#38).

Looking at the digital side of things, Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” is stuck at #1 for the eighth week in a row.  It sold another 27,000 downloads.

What about over in ‘Merica?  That’s were Mr. Bennett shines with nearly 179,000 copies and a #1 debut. Lady Antebellum shows up at #2 with 125,000 units and we find Adele in third with 117,000 copies. Pearl Jam sneaks into the top ten by less than 100 copies (26,500).

Digitally, it’s more Maroon 5 with 233,000 downloads of “Moves Like Jagger.”

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.

One thought on “Weekly Music Sales Report – 28 September 2011

  • September 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Are these "real" sales numbers? That is, are they recorded strictly at the consumer level, or between publisher and retailer(s) – as the book industry does. It is difficult to believe that 1 out of every 60 Canadians; including men, women, children, French speaking, Aboriginal, elderly, etc. are actually purchasing an album CD of a young singer known primarily for her one current hit song*. Will there be an avalanche of store to distributor returns once the Christmas season is over and stores all replace their mass of shiny display copies for something else to dazzle.

    550,000 x 60 = 33 million overall population base.
    *a 'hit by today's lowered standards' song which is readily found on high rotation across multiple radio and video channels for over half a year.


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