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Published on October 4th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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We’re 75% Through 2017. Here are the Big Sellers and Streamers in Canada

As we enter the fourth quarter, Nielsen Canada offers this scorecard of the leaders in streaming and sales so far this year. Note the scarcity of rock acts in all the categories except vinyl.

TOP 10 ALBUM W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO

  1. ED SHEERAN – DIVIDE – 388K
  2. DRAKE – MORE LIFE – 232K
  3. KENDRICK LAMAR – DAMN. – 174K
  4. THE WEEKND – STARBOY – 160K
  5. THE CHAINSMOKERS – MEMORIES…DO NOT OPEN – 132K
  6. METALLICA – HARDWIRED…TO SELF-DESTRUCT – 119K
  7. IMAGINE DRAGONS – EVOLVE – 105K
  8. BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC – 100K
  9. MIGOS – CULTURE – 93K
  10. DJ KHALED – GRATEFUL – 86K

TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMING SONGS

  1. ED SHEERAN – SHAPE OF YOU – 158 M
  2. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER – DESPACITO – 138 M
  3. FRENCH MONTANA FEAT. SWAE LEE – UNFORGETTABLE – 68 M
  4. DJ KHALED FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER & LIL WAYNE – I’M THE ONE – 65 M
  5. KENDRICK LAMAR – HUMBLE. – 63 M
  6. BRUNO MARS – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE – 59 M
  7. FUTURE – MASK OFF – 58 M
  8. CLEAN BANDIT FEAT. SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIE – 57 M
  9. THE CHAINSMOKERS FEAT. HALSEY – CLOSER – 56 M
  10. THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS – 55 M

TOP 10 DIGITAL SONGS

  1. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER – DESPACITO – 460 K
  2. ED SHEERAN – SHAPE OF YOU – 416 K
  3. IMAGINE DRAGONS – BELIEVER – 200 K
  4. THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS – 185 K
  5. CLEAN BANDIT FEAT. SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIE – ROCKABYE  – 164 K
  6. KYGO X SELENA GOMEZ – IT AIN’T ME – 156 K
  7. ED SHEERAN – CASTLE ON THE HILL – 156 K
  8. SAM HUNT – BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD – 144 K
  9. JAMES ARTHUR – SAY YOU WON’T LET GO – 141 K
  10. BRUNO MARS – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE – 121 K

TOP 10 VINYL ALBUMS

  1. ED SHEERAN – DIVIDE – 3.2 K
  2. BEATLES – SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND – 2.7 K
  3. RADIOHEAD – OK COMPUTER OKNOTOK 1997 2017 – 2.3 K
  4. LA LA LAND SOUNDTRACK – 2.3 K
  5. PINK FLOYD – DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – 2.3 K
  6. ARCADE FIRE – EVERYTHING NOW – 2.1 K
  7. KENDRICK LAMAR – DAMN. – 2.0 K
  8. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – LEGEND – 2.0 K
  9. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 – 2.0 K
  10. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – VILLAINS – 1.9 K



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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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