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Published on January 14th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 14 January 2015

It’s still really, really early and we haven’t really seen anything in terms of new releases in 2015, but things remain pretty close to where they were at this time last year. Here in Canada, sales are within 1% of where they were in 2014 even though CDs are down 5%. Digital albums compensate to that to a degree with year-to-date sales up 3% while digital tracks are down a full 9%.

I know. It doesn’t seem like the math should add up, but it does. Go with it.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 is back at #1 again, selling 9,100 copies–the first time since its release that it’s moved less than 10K units in a week. She’s followed by Hozier’s self-titled album, which sold 5,500 copies. Ed Sheeran’s X rounds out the Top 3 with 4,700 copies.

The biggest-selling digital track is Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” with 37,000 downloads while on the streaming side, three song had more than 1 million listens: Sia’s “Elastic Heart” (a controversial video helps), Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and “Blank Space” form Taylor Swift.

Across the border, Taylor Swift is #1 again with 155,000 equivalent units of 1989 (Soundscan’s sales + streams formula), moving the album to total sales of just under 4 million. In second place is Ed Sheeran (76,000), followed by Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint (60,000).  There’s one debut in the Top 10: Rae Sremmurd at #5 with 49,000 units of SremmLife.

When it comes to downloads, it’s Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” with sales of 341,000 and also took the top spot when it came to streaming with 11,598,612 listens.

All numbers courtesy Nielsen Soundscan.




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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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