Music Industry

Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 16 September 2015

Sorry for the tardiness this week but (a) the data came in a little late; and (b) I’m in SE Asia where I’m 12 hours ahead of ET, which really, really confuses me sometimes.

We’ll get to the four debuts in the Canadian Top 10 in just a sec. But first, let’s look at some raw sales data.  Overall album sales are down less than 1% over the same period in 2014. Physical CD sales are now down 1 7% year-to-date over last week. Digital albums, however, are up 8% year-to-date over 2014. Digital track sales are down 3% from this point last year.

The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness stick at #1 for the second week in a row, selling another 17,000 units sold.  Meanwhile, Iron Maiden’s Book Of Souls has the top debut of the week, entering at #2 with 5,000 units sold. Beyond that, we have Five Finger Death Punch and Got Your Six at #3 (10,000 copies) and Rodeo from Travis Scott at #5 with 5,500 copies.

Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” hangs on to #1on the Digital Songs chart with 23,000 downloads sold, which means he’s moved over 70,000 files in the last two weeks. It’s also the most-streamed song in Canada with a whopping 2.37 million listens. That’s a huge number for Canada.

Over in the US, the album that sold the most copies was FFDP’s Got Your Six with 114,000 copies. That surprisingly far ahead of Iron Maiden (#3, 74,000).

Other debuts in the US Top 10 include Travis Scott (#4, 70,000), Troy Sivan (#5, 45,000), Deeply Rooted from Scarface (#8, 22,000), which was marginally better than The Wonder Year (#9).

The big download is from Justin Bieber with 159,000 more digital files sold. The song is third in streaming, though, with 19.4 million listens. Silento’s “Watch Me” is still first with 23 million streams.

All numbers courtesy Nielsen SoundScan.

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