Music Industry

Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 13 May 2015

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Mumford & Sons’ Wilder Mind debuted at #1 in Canada, selling an impressive 40,000 copies in its first week. This makes it the second-best debut of the year behind One Direction’s 43,000 units of Four. If you add up all three of M&S’s albums, they’ve sold about 800.000 copies in Canada.

The Tenors’ Under One Sky shows up at #3 with 5,700, followed by debuts by Tech N9ne and Special Effects, (#7, 3,600), the Just the Hits I compilation (#8, 3,300) and the Quebec compilation, C’est Mon Histoire, which is a tribute to singer Renee Martel (#9, around 3,200).

Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” is still the number one download (26,000 purchases). The biggest streamers in Canada are “See You Again” (2.1 million listens), “Uptown Funk” from Mark Ronson (1.2 million) and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (863,000).

Over in ‘Murica, Mumford & Sons is also at #1 with 249,000 units of Wilder Mind. It’s worth noting that the band’s second album debuted at #1 with 600,000 copies. Just sayin’.

Other Top 10 debuts include the Now 54 compilation (#3, 71,000), Tech N9ne (#4, 58,000), My Morning Jacket (#5, 33,000), and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (#8, 27,000).

On the singles side of the ledger, Wiz Khalifa is still at #1 (251,000 downloads) while the most-streamed songs in America are Wiz Khalifa (24 million streams), Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” (18.3 million) and “Uptown Funk” (12 million).

All numbers courtesy Nielsen SoundScan.

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