Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 17 November 2015

Just a couple more sleeps until Adele’s 25 comes out. What’s that going to do to the marketplace? The next couple of reports will be interesting. Let’s take a look at this past week’s music sales.

There are three debuts in the Canadian Top 10, overall album sales are down 3% over the same period in 2014. Physical CD sales are down 9% year-to-date over last year while digital album sales are up 4% from this point in 2014.

Hedley’s Hello debuted at #1 on the albums chart with 14,500 units sold, giving the band its first #1. Hedley has now sold over 900,000 albums in their career.

Ellie Goulding’s Delerium debuts at 32 with close to 6,000 units sold. Finally, we have Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music debuts at #9 with about 2,800 units. In case you were wondering, all it took to make the Canadian Top 200 was 213 albums. Ouch.

Looking at the biggest-selling download, it’s–surprise!–“Hello” from Adele, which sold 58,000 files, pushing the three-week total to more than 270,000. On the streaming side, it’s Adele again with 5.3 million listens. She now holds the record for the top three most-streamed songs–all “Hello,” all from three consecutive weeks.

On the US side of things, Ellie Goulding had the highest debut at #3 with 42,000 units. Tim McGraw pulled up in fourth place (39,000), The Beatles 1+ in fifth (just under 39,000), Sara Bareilles’ What’s Inside at eight (27,000), Get Weird from Little Mix at nine and at ten, Meat and Candy from Old Dominion.

“Hello” from Adele sold another 480,000 downloads in ‘Murica this past week and hit 41 million streams. Wow.

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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