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Published on January 17th, 2015 | by Alan Cross


Year-End Music Market Results for Canada by the Numbers

So where did the Canadian music market finish in 2014? FYI Music News lays it out like this:

  • 1 – The number of Canadian artists that sold more than 100,000 copies of an album. That was Bobby Bazini’s Where I Belong, moving 102,000 copies.
  • 7  – The number of albums sold over 100,000 copies with Taylor Swift’s 1989 leading the way with 314,000 units. In 2013, 16 albums sold more than 100,000 copies.
  • 14% – The decline in sales in the Alternative category.
  • 7% – Overall album sales were down to 37.9 million from last year. CD sales were down 7%, too.
  • 39% – The percentage of all album sales that were digital
  • 51% – The decline in sales in the rap and R&B categories.
  • 71% – The increase in vinyl sales over 2013
  • 207,000 – The number of time a Hedley song was played on Canadian radio, the highest of any artist in 2013.
  • 6 billion – The number of songs were streamed in just six months




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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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