After a stumble last week, things are looking better for the recorded music market in Canada, thanks to a brand new #1 record and three new entries in the top 10. Year-to-date sales are pacing 5% ahead of 2011 and while CD sales are down 7%, all forms of digital music continues to run 30% of last year.
As just about everyone expected, Jack White's Blunderbuss debuted at #1 with a healthy 17,000 copies. Strangely, this is the first time any of Jack's projects have reached #1 in Canada, although he's had a lot of Top Ten entries in his career.
The other debuts are Tiesto's Club Life Volume Two Miami (#7, 4,500 copies) and the self-titled record from The Wanted (#8, just behind Tiesto in terms of units sold.)
If you're wondering about Adele, she's safely tucked in at #2, selling another 9,100 copies of 21. And Madonna's MDNA? Not good. She's gone 10-14-21, selling just 1,800 copies in all of Canada this past week.
The biggest digital song? Still Gotye and "Somebody That I Used to Know." In its fourth week at #1, it moved another 34,000 downloads.
Jack White is also #1 in the US, selling nearly 138,000 copies. He's follwed by Adele (84,000) and Lionel Ritche (78,000).
Madonna? In the last three weeks, she's gone 18-33-43. Less than 9,400 people bothered to buy MDNA last week.
On the digital side of things, it's still Gotye with another 348,000 downloads.
All numbers courtesy of Nielsen Soundscan.