There are two big debuts on the album chart this week, allowing year-to-date pacing of Canadian recorded music sales to run at +4% from 2011. Again, most of the good news comes in the digital realm as CD sales are down 7% from last year. Meanwhile, digital sales are up 31%.
Carrie Underwood debuts at #1 on the album charts with 17,000 copies of Blown Away. She's followed by Norah Jones and Little Broken Hearts at #2 with 13,000 copies. Also new in the Top Ten is B.O.B.'s Strange Clouds (4,000 copies) and Marilyn Manson's Born Villains at #8.
And yes, the Beastie Boys got a bump with Licensed to Ill seeing the greatest sales increase.
Over in the US, there are four new albums in the top five: Carrie Underwood (267,000 copies), Norah Jones (110,000), a new Now compilation (95,000) and B.O.B. Manson made it into the top ten wtih the Avengers soundtrack clocking in at #11.
Meanwhile, look at the #18 position: Beastie Boys and Licensed to Ill.
And the #1 digital download? Still Gotye with another 347,000 sales.