[I was off in NYC with No Doubt yesterday so please excuse the lateness of this week's report. - AC]
Last week was a rough one in Canada. We saw a new low for the year for a #1 album on the charts. But in terms of the big picture, things are just fine. Year-to-date sales are now running at +4% from last year. This is all due to digital album sales which are up 30% and digital track sales which are up 26%. Physical CD sales are at -7% from 2011.
Flo Rida's Wild Ones is back at #1 and only had to sell 6,000 copies to do it. That's the lowest sales total for a number one album since Doo-Wops & Hooligans from Bruno Mars came out in February 2011.
The top new entry is Life is Good from Nas which debuts at #2 (5,700). The other top ten debut is the soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises (3,000).
The biggest digital track? "Whistle" from Flo Rida with 23,000 downloads.
In the US, sales continue to track at 3% less than last year. The big hit comes in physical CD sales which are now down 12% from 2011. Digital album sales (+16%) and digital track sales (+6%) can't make up the difference. Interestingly, digital track-equivalent album sales (where ten tracks equals and album) are now down 0.3% from last year.
Nas nails the #1 spot with 149,000 units of Life is Good. The 22nd volume of the Kidz Bop Kids series (not my thing; no kids) debuts at #3 with 64,000 copies purchased for minivans across America. The Dark Knight rises ends up at #8 with 33,000 copies.
The big download is "Whistle" from Flo Rida with 211,000 downloads.
The biggest streamed song of the week? Still "Call Me Maybe" with 2,151,238 listens.