Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 05 February 2014

The Grammys are just what the industry needed,  Canadian sales are still 6% below where they were at this time last year, but that’s an improvement over where the market was a week ago.  CDs are still down year-over-year, though,(-6%) as are digital albums.  Meanwhile, digital tracks are soft by 9%.  But like I said, this is an improvement over last week.

The top album in the land is still the Grammy Nominees compilation, selling 11,000 units.  Meanwhile, look what happened to albums Grammy winners/performers:

  • Lorde (up 27%)
  • Daft Punk (306%)
  • Beyonce (17%)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (45%)
  • Kacey Musgraves (145%)
  • Kendrick Lamar (94%)
  • P!nk (35%)

Meanwhile, even though there were only a couple of hours in the sales week after Bruno Mars Super Bowl performance, he also saw big gains with Unorthodox Jukebox getting a 120% bump and Doo-Wops & Hooligans going up 130%.

There are two debuts in the Top 10 this week.  Down With Webster’s Party for Your Life starts its life at #2 with 6.500 copies.  Further down, Of Mice and Men’s Restoring Force debuted at #9.

Finally, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” remains atop the download chart with 34,000 fresh purchases, a 35% increase, largely because her Grammy appearance.

In the US, year-to-date album sales are down 13%, brought lower by a 17% drop in CD sales from 2013.  Digital albums aren’t faring too much better, trailing last year’s sales by 11%.  Digital tracks are down by 11%, too.

The Frozen soundtrack is still #1 on the album charts for the fourth non-consecutive week, selling 94,000 copies, which represents a 1% gain over last week.  That Grammy Nominees compilation is at still at #2 but with a healthy 47% increase in sales.  Of Mice and Men pulls in at #4 (51,000) and Casting Crowns’ Thrive bows at #6 (43,000).

Here’s how the Grammys affected sales of winners/performers:

  • Lorde 5-3 (+86%),
  • Imagine Dragons 11-8 (+65%),
  • Katy Perry 9-9 (+22%),
  • Daft Punk 39-10 (+300%),
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 14-11 (+62%),
  • Kacey Musgraves  28-12 (+177%),
  • Kendrick Lamar 33-21 (+81%)

As for Bruno Mars, his Super Bowl performance propelled his two albums up the charts Unorthodox Jukebox moving 18-7 (+180%)  and Doo-Wops & Hooligans popping 82-19 (+303%).

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is the top download (373,000, up 27%) and the most-streamed song is “Drunk in Love” by Beyoncé and Jay Z with 6,980,576 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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