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Published on May 21st, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 20 May 2015

There are three debuts in the Canadian Top Five this week, helping to keep year-to-date album sales up 2% over the same period in 2014. As usual, physical CD sales are down, now 6% soft from a year ago. However, digital album sales are up 12% year-to-date over 2014. Then we head back down again for digital track sales, which are at -4% for the year.
Quebec is at the top of the album charts again this week with the La Voix III compilation debuting at #1 with a decent 15,300 units sold, almost all of which were sold in that province.  Patrick Watson’s Love Songs For Robots  starts life at #3 with 8,800 units in its first week, followed by the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack at #4 with sales of 5,200.  The other debut in the Top 10 is from Leonard Cohen at #8.
On the single track side of things, Wiz Khalifa is still at #1 with “See You Again” with sales of another 25,000 downloads. It’s also at the top of the Canadian streaming charts for the sixth straight week with 1.83 million listens.
In the US, it’s the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack at #1 (92,000 copies), the new Incubus released (#3, 39,000), David Guetta’s Listen (#7, 29,000) and Snoop Dogg’s Bush (#8, 27,000). The top digital track is “See You Again” (227,000 downloads) as well as the most-streamed track (22,000,000 listens).
All figures courtesy Nielsen SoundScan.

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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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One Response to Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 20 May 2015

  1. Alex says:

    How much have OMI AND MUMFORD & SONS sold this week?????

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