Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 19 February 2014

Sales have picked up a little but not enough to overcome the 6% year-to-date hole in which the market finds itself. Physical sales are 6% below last year with digital albums down 8% while digital tracks are lower by 11%.

Eric Church’s The Outsiders debuted at #1 on the Canadian album charts with 18,000 copies.  The other two debuts in the Top 10 are Sam Roberts’ Lo-Fantasy at #3 (5,800) and USS’s Advanced Basics at #8 (3,700).

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is still the top download in the country with 24,000 purchases.

Stateside, year-to-date album sales are down 16% (!) and CD sales are lower by 20% (!!!).  Digital tracks are soft by 12%.

Eric Church is also #1, selling 288,000 copies of The Outsiders.  The other big movers are all older records (Beyonce, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, etc.) still benefiting from the Grammy bounce and Valentine’s Day promotions.

The biggest download in the US is “Happy” from Pharrell Williams (and his hat, presumably), notching sales of 329,000 downloads.  The most-streamed song in the US–a stat not released in Canada–is “Dark Horse” with 4,083,558 listens.

All figures courtesy of 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.

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