Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis for April 09 2014 (Yes, It’s Late)

Sorry about the lateness of this week’s report, but the data got caught in an obscure folder.  Weird.

The industry’s rough ride continues.  Here in Canada, year-to-date sales are still down 7%.  CDs are down 7%, digital albums down 8% and digital tracks are down 12%.  There’s no way to spin these numbers.  Business sucks.

Looking at the album charts, there are four new entries in the Top 10 led by 5 Seconds of Summer, an Australian band whose She Looks So Perfect EP sold 11,500 copies in its first week.  It’s followed by Head or Hearts by Christina Perry (#6, 3,000 units), Chevelle’s La Gargola (#9) and the Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This is Your Life (#10).

And if you need to ask, yes, “Happy” from Pharrell Williams is still the top download in the country.  The 26,000 fresh downloads was enough to keep it at #1 for the seventh straight week.

Things are pretty dire in the US, too, with year-to-date sales down 16%.  CD sales are lower by a whopping 20% while digital albums are down 14%.  And it’s not much better for digital tracks. They’re lower by 13%.  Ouch.

The Frozen soundtrack is still at #1 in the US, selling another 149,000 copies, making this the ninth non-consecutive week it’s been at the top.  In second spot is 5 Seconds to Summer with 143,000 copies followed by Chevelle ($3, 45,000), Christina Perri (#4, 40,000), Dan + Shay’s debut Where It All Began (#6, 29,000) and Nickel Creek’s Dotted Line (#7, 27,000).

And Pharrell is at #1 on the US singles chart, too, movie 284,000 downloads of “Happy.”  That’s eight weeks in a row.  Meanwhile, the most-streamed song in the US–a stat they don’t release for Canada–is still “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry with 7,656,138 listens.

All figures courtesy of 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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