Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 06 May 2015

What’s happening this week? What are industry folk going to be talking about around the bars at Canadian Music Week in Toronto over the next couple of days?  Maybe this.

With four new entries in the Canadian Top 10, year-to-date album sales remain up 2% over the same period in 2014. Physical CD sales are up down 6% year-to-date over 2014 while digital album sales are at +12% for the year. Digital track sales slide again, down 5% year-to-date over 2014.

Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde debuts at #1 with close to 15,000 units sold for their second straight top-of-the-charter.   Josh Groban’s Stages debuts at #2with 8,700 units. That’s followed by Francis Cabrel’s In Extremis enters at #6 with sales of 3,000. And finally, we have Jesse Cook’s One World debuts at No. 10 with 2,300 units.

When it comes to the top download, it’s still Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again.” Another 30,000 people paid for a copy. It’s also at the top of the streaming chart with 2.1 million listens.  Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” holds at No. 2 with 1.25 million streams.

In ‘Merica, Zac Brown’s on top, too, with sales of 214,000. Josh Groban is second (176,000) followed by Tyler Farr’s Suffer in Peace (#3 with just 36,000 units).  Insane Clown Posse also has a Top 10 debut with Marvelous Miss, but only by selling 17,000 copies.  And look at this: at #200 on the Top 200 chart, some album called Nevermind with 2,000 in fresh sales.

The only other stat I have is Wiz Khalifa sitting on top of the download charts with 285,000 copies of “See You Again.” No streaming data again this week. Sorry.

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.

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