It wasn't a good week nor was it a bad week. It just was...well, a week.
Even with three new releases in the top ten, nothing much moved the needle. Sales are still pacing at +3% year-to-date (compare that with the American experience outlined below). While CD sales are now at -9% from last year, digital album sales are up 39% and digital track sales are higher by 26%.
The new #1 is Wild Ones from Flo Rida with 14,000 copies. He's followed by Bieber at #2 (11,000 copies of Believe), Maroon 5 at #3 (7,200) and Linkin Park at #5 (6,4000).
Then we get to our first new top ten entry, Summer Anthems 2012 by MC Mario with just under 5,300 copies. Chris Brown is inexplicably at #6 with Fortune. Why did 5,100 Canadians buy this guy's record?
The big digital song in Canada is "Wide Awake" from Kay Perry, moving about 22,000 downloads over the past week.
It's rather dire in the US with overall sales pacing at -3% from 2011. CD sales are down 12% from last year and digital album sales are only 15% ahead. Digital tracks are at +11%. In other words, based on these percentages, things are much healthier for the musc industry in Canada.
Chris Brown dodges karma and ends up at #1 on the album charts with 135,000 copies of Fortune. If there's any good news is that this record's first week sales are 50% less than the 270,000 copies F.A.M.E. started with last year.
That's it for top 10 debuts in the US. Just one new record.
Katy Perry got a nice bump on Teenage Dream (20-2) because of her movie. Adele might finally fall from the top ten next week. Her 21 album is currently sitting at #9. Then again, the record has been on the charts for 72 weeks and has sold 9.5 million...
The biggest digital track in 'Murica is still "Call Me Maybe" from Carly Rae Jepson. The damn thing was downloaded another 242,000 times. That brings its total to over 4.2 million.
In case you're wondering about the over-ubiquitous "Somebody That I Used to Know" from Goyte, it's at #5 on the download chart having moved more than 5.4 million units.
All figures courtesy Nielsen SoundScan.