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Published on October 10th, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 08 October 2014

Yep, we’re a couple of days late. Blame it on my travel schedule.

It’s always nice to see  five debuts in the top ten (and hey, three from Canadian artists), week-over-week sales took at 5% jump.  However, year-to-date album sales are down 5% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD are down 5% year-to-date over 2014 with digital album sales are down 7% year-to-date over 2014. Digital track sales are  down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are up 4.8% over last week.

Bryan Adams’ covers album entitled Tracks Of My Years debuts at number one on the Top Albums chart with 14,000 units sold. And remember that another Canadian, Leonard Cohen, debuted at #1 last week. He’s now in the #2 spot with 10,500 units sold.

Lady Antebellum’s 747 starts life at #3 with 8,000 units sold. Then we have Blake Shelton’s Bringing Back The Sunshine debuts at #4 (7,700 copies).  He’s followed by .Mario Pelchat’s Un Homme Qui Vous Ressemble enters at (#7, 4,800) and Madchild’s Switched On (#8, 3,800).

The biggest download in Canuckistan is still “All About That Bass” by Meaghan Trainor–that’s six weeks in a row–with 24,000 downloads sold, down 12% over last week.

As for the US, I have a limited amount of information this week.  The top debut albums list looks like this: Blake Shelton (#1, 100,000 copies), Lady Antebellum (#2, 73,000), Prince’s Art Official Age (#4, 51,000), more Prince with Plectrumelectrum (#8, 26,000 copies) and Script’s No Sound Without Silence (#10, 24,000).

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” holds at number one on the streaming list for the fifth straight week, with 12.4 million listens.

All figures courtesy Nielsen Soundscan.

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