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Published on June 24th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Weekly Music News Sales Report and Analysis: 24 June 2015

There are five debuts on the Canadian album chart this week, pushing sales up 3% from last week and keeping 2015 even with last year. Physical CD sales are down 8% year-to-date over 2014 while digital albums are up 10% year-to-date over 2014. However, individual digital track sales are down 3% from this time last year.

Ed Sheeran’s X is back at #1 this week, 52 weeks into its life, selling 6,700 units, an 84% increase over last week. See what hosting the MMVAs can do for you? And yeah, there was that cross-Canada tour, too.

In second spot–and the top debut of the week–is Sing It All Away from Walk Off the Earth with 5,400 copies. Beyond that, we have Adam Lambert and Original High (#3, 4,800 units), Hillary Duff’s Breathe In Breathe Out (#5, 4,700), Mika and No Place in Heaven (#6, 4,400) and James Taylor’s Before This World (#10, 2,700).

Canada’s top digital download is Omi and “Cheerleader” (28,000 sold) while the top streamers in the country are Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” with 1.69 million streams and Omi’s “Cheerleader” at #2 with 1.59 million.

In the US, James Taylor has his first #1 album, selling about 95,000 copies. That album’s debut is followed by Adam Lambert (#2, 42,000), Hillary Duff (#3, 33,000), Nate Ruess’ Grand Romantic (#5, 28,000) and Dopamine from Third Eye Blind (#7, 22,000).

‘Murica’s biggest download is that damn Omi song (146,000 sales) while the top American streamers are Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” (19.1 million), “See You Again” from Wiz Khalifa (16 million) and “Watch Me” from Silento (10.5 million).

All figures courtesy Nielsen SoundScan.

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