Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 12 March 2014

So the Canadian market is still 6% soft over last year, but at least it didn’t get any worse.  Physical CDs are lower by 5%, digital albums down by 3% and digital tracks down a disturbing 11% from this time in 2013.

Four of the Canadian Top 5 are debuts.  Serge Fiori’s self-titled debut sold a healthy 32,000 copies, putting it in first place, a long way head of Pharrell Williams’ GIRL (#2, 10,000 copies).  After that, we have Lea Michael’s debut, Louder, at #3 (5,700) and Mastermind from Rick Ross at #5 (5,200).

On the download side, Coldplay’s “Magic” debuts at #3 with sales of 18,000 .  Impressive, yes, but Pharrell’s “Happy” is still at #1 with another 42,000 downloads.

Things continue to be dire in the US with year-to-date album sales down 15% from 2013. Digital albums aren’t much better (-12%) and digital tracks are soft by 11%.  Is this the effect of streaming music services?  I’d bet on it.

The US also has four debuts in the Top 5.  Rick Ross is at #1 (179,000) followed by Pharrell Williams (112,000), Lea Michaels at #4 (60,000) and Eli Young Band’s 10,000 Towns at #5 (36,000.)  The biggest download on the singles charts is “Happy” (again) wtih 490,000 fresh sales.

As for the most-streamed song in the States–a stat we don’t have in Canada–is Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” with 8,466,476 listens.

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.

One thought on “Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 12 March 2014

  • March 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Oh no you didn’t…just “Travoltafy” Lea Michael’s name did you?


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