Year-End Sales Numbers for the Canadian Music Industry: How Did Things Go in 2016?

Not well, if we’re talking about CDs and digital albums. In fact, there are a lot of minus signs in this final report. The only exceptions are vinyl (+28.5%), cassettes (+80%) and on-demand audio streams (+191.6%).

Here are all the numbers from Nielsen.

A Weekly National Music Sales Report
OVERALL ROUNDED FIGURES WEEK ENDING: 29-Dec-16
YEAR – TO – DATE OVERALL UNIT SALES
2015 2016
Albums w/TEA w/SEA On-Demand 53,420,105 52,219,940 -2.2%
Total Albums 26,900,000 21,138,100 -21.4%
   Digital Albums 11,161,800 8,207,700 -26.5%
   Physical Albums 15,734,500 12,927,100 -17.8%
   CD 15,211,700 12,253,700 -19.4%
   LP 517,400 664,900 28.5%
   Cassette 4,000 7,200 80.0%
   Music DVD 1,400 1,300 -7.1%
Total On-Demand Streams 25,362,562,710 35,571,374,441 40.3%
   On-Demand Audio 7,518,756,906 21,928,132,696 191.6%
   On-demand Video * 17,843,805,804 13,643,241,745 -23.5%
Music Video (All) 404,400 291,200 -28.0%
Digital Tracks 96,117,300 73,675,900 -23.3%
Singles 279,700 93,100 -66.7%
TOTAL ON-DEMAND STREAMS     *
This Week 12-29-16 743,336,814 This Week 2015 592,811,207
Last Week 12-22-16 757,721,533 Change 2015 25.4%
Change -1.9%
STREAMING ON-DEMAND AUDIO
This Week 12-29-16 529,968,235 This Week 2015 250,538,740
Last Week 12-22-16 556,470,968 Change 2015 111.5%
Change -4.8%
STREAMING ON-DEMAND VIDEO     *
This Week 12-29-16 213,368,579 This Week 2015 342,272,467
Last Week 12-22-16 201,250,565 Change 2015 -37.7%
Change 6.0%
TOTAL ALBUM SALES
This Week 12-29-16 634,200 This Week 2015 673,700
Last Week 12-22-16 873,100 Change 2015 -5.9%
Change -27.4%
TEA (Track Equivalent Albums) ALBUM SALES
This Week 12-29-16 840,490 This Week 2015 942,490
Last Week 12-22-16 989,470 Change 2015 -10.8%
Change -15.1%
SINGLE SALES
This Week 12-29-16 1,800 This Week 2015 2,600
Last Week 12-22-16 1,400 Change 2015 -30.8%
Change 28.6%
PHYSICAL CDs
This Week 12-29-16 381,600 This Week 2015 331,200
Last Week 12-22-16 672,700 Change 2015 15.2%
Change -43.3%
DIGITAL ALBUMS
This Week 12-29-16 225,700 This Week 2015 324,900
Last Week 12-22-16 154,900 Change 2015 -30.5%
Change 45.7%
DIGITAL TRACKS
This Week 12-29-16 2,062,900 This Week 2015 2,687,900
Last Week 12-22-16 1,163,700 Change 2015 -23.3%
Change 77.3%
LPs
This Week 12-29-16 26,600 This Week 2015 17,200
Last Week 12-22-16 45,200 Change 2015 54.7%
Change -41.2%
MUSIC VIDEO (All)
This Week 12-29-16 12,400 This Week 2015 10,400
Last Week 12-22-16 19,900 Change 2015 19.2%
Change -37.7%
YEAR-TO-DATE ALBUM   SALES GEOGRAPHIC REGION
2015 2016
Atlantic 1,126,200 919,300 -18.4%
New Brunswick 575,900 500,400 -13.1%
Quebec 7,459,600 5,672,900 -24.0%
Ontario 8,536,400 6,985,700 -18.2%
Manitoba 838,900 668,600 -20.3%
Saskatchewan 913,700 687,900 -24.7%
Alberta 4,404,700 3,254,500 -26.1%
British Columbia 3,044,400 2,448,800 -19.6%
*Note: Beginning week 27 2016, a video streaming provider has changed their reporting depth.
Compiled and provided by Nielsen Music Canada

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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