Music Industry

Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 16 July 2014

Another week, another set of wretched sales numbers for the music industry.

In Canada, Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear debuted at #1 with 5,600 copies, pushing Ed Sheeran down into second spot by less than 200 units.  The biggest story is Judas Priest with highest-charting Canadian debut ever.  Redeemer of Souls begins like at #5 with 3,800 copies.

And that’s it for Top 10 debuts.  Going deeper, all one had to do is sell 210 copies of an album in the entire country to make it onto this week’s Top 200 list.

Looking at digital downloads, “Dirt” from Florida Georgia Line debuts at #1 with 17,000 downloads.

Over in the US, album sales are down 15% year-to-date, dragged lower by physical CD sales (-20% from 2013).  Digital tracks are down 13%

There were three Top 10 debuts on the American album charts with Sia finishing at #1 with a mere 52,000 copies.  That’s all it took.  Judas Priest ended up at #6 (33,000) and Sound of Change from Dirty Heads pulled up in eighth spot with 21,000 copies.

Canadian band Magic!’s “Rude” tops the digital songs chart with 185,000 downloads followed by “Dirt” from Florida Georgia Line.  The biggest streaming favourite is still “Fancy” from Iggy Azalea with 7.8 million listens.

All numbers courtesy of Nielsen SoundScan.

Alan Cross

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