I had ever intention of posting this last night but my gym trainer put me through such a hideous series of abdominal circuits yesterday afternoon that by the time the numbers came in after dinner, I was in too much pain to really care. Yes, I was weak.
So where are we this week? Worse of than last week, actually. That U2 album and Coldplay release can’t come fast enough.
Year-to-date album sales are now down by 8% in Canada because we’ve just gone through the second-lowest sales week for albums so far this year. Physical CD sales are down 8% from 2013, digital albums are down 9% and digital track sales are down 12%.
To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Frozen soundtrack is still #1 for the sixth non-consecutive week, selling another 8,000 copies. This is the longest-running #1 album since Adele’s 21 was in the top spot for 35 non-consecutive weeks. The highest debut came from big-bottomed Iggy Azalea with 4,500 copes of The New Classic, good for #2. Interestingly 79% of the sales of that album came from digital. The new self-titled album from The Trews pulled up in third spot (3,500) and Future’s Honest was the third debut in the Top 10, rolling in at #6,
The top-selling download? NOT “Happy” from Pharrell Williams. It’s John Legends’s “All of Me” with 22,000 downloads.
Things aren’t much better sales-wise Stateside. This past week was the second worst of the year.
Overall album sales are down 19% from 2013, CDs down 20% year-over-year, digital albums are down 13% and digital tracks are down 12%. Wow.
At the top of the album charts is–you guessed it–Frozen with 115,000 copies, putting at #1 for the 12th non-consecutive week. It’s now sold somewhere around 2.4 million copies. Honest from Future debuts at #2 wtih 53,000 copies, closely followed by Iggy Azalea with 52,000 units (81% of which were from digital). Neon Trees’ Pop Psychology is at #6, the Nashville Cast at 6 and Bethel Music at #10.
The top download? Yeah, it’s “Happy” (208,000). That’s eight consecutive weeks at #1. It’s also the most-streamed song of the week with 8,204,291 streams.
All figures courtesy Nielsen Soundscan.