Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 10 June 2015

Wow. I’m actually on time this week. How did that happen?

We had four four debuts in the Canadian Top 10 this week, but year-to-date album sales are now flat with where they were this time last year.  Physical CD sales are down 8% from a year ago while digital album sales have moved up by 11% from 2014. Digital tracks sales are down 4% year-to-date. 

Florence + The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful debuts at #1 on the Canadian albums chart, selling 19,000 units. At #2, we have the Barenaked Ladies’ Silverball with 4,000 copies.

Below that it’s Major Lazer’s Peace Is The Mission at #5 (3,500 units) and Jason Derulo with Everything is 4 at #10 (2,500 units).

When it comes to individual songs, the most-downloaded track in the land is “Cheerleader” by Omi (22,000 purchases) while the most-streamed song is still Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” with 1.8 million streams.  He’s followed by by Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” (1.53 million) and Omi’s “Cheerleader” (1.3 million).

Stateside, it’s Florence at the top with 128,000 in first-week sales. Other Top 10 debuts in the US include Willie Nelson’s Django & Jimmi (#4, 30,000), Lil Durk and Remember My Name (#5, 24,000), Jason Derulo (#8, 22,000), Bill Currington’s Summer Forever (#9, 21,000) and Dom Kennedy with By Dom Kennedy (#10, 20,000).

With digital tracks, Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” saw another 161,000 paid downloads while the most-streamed song in America was “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap with 21 million listens.

All figures courtesy 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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