Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 21 August 2015

This is VERY late this week. Blame it on all those mid-August vacations. Have you tried to get any work done lately without getting a ton of “out of office/on vacation” notifications?

There are two big debuts to talk about–that’s coming up–but let’s first look at the overall sales stats.  Overall album sales are up down less than 1% over the same period in 2014. Physical CD sales are down 8% from this point last year.  Digital album sales are up 9% year-to-date while d=igital track sales are down 6% over last week, down 12% over the same week last year and down 2% year-to-date over 2014. Track-equivalent album sales are down 0.2% over last week and down 0.8% year-to-date over 2014.

Dr. Dre’s Compton debuts at number one on the Top Albums chart with 32,000 units–which is an incredible number for a digital-only release. (Remember that you could only get it through iTunes.) It’s the . third highest one week sales total for any release so far this year behind Mumford & Sons and another digital only release, Drake. .

Next we have Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights at #2 with 22,000 units sold. That’s  the second highest one week sales total for a Country album in 2015, only behind Yoan’s 34,000 sales total in its first week of release. 

The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” jumps 3-1 on the Digital Songs chart with sales of about 17,000, downloads, which is a 2% increase over last week. Finally, when it comes to streaming, six songs streamed over 1 million times, led by “Cheerleader” by OMI. Every week, the number of Canadians streaming music continues to increase week after week.

Moving to ‘Murica, the Top 4 are all debuts: Luke Bryan (#1, 320,000), Dr. Dre (#2, 276,000), the Now 55 compilation (#3, 76,000) and This is Not a Test from Tobymac (#4, 35,000).

Lana Del Rey’s new single rocketed to the top of the digital download charts in its first week. “Hi by the Beach” sold 248,000 downloads.

And with streaming, 8 songs saw streams of more than 10 million occasions, led by “Watching” from Silento with 20.8 million listens.

All figures courtesy by 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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