Yes, yes, I know I'm late but these numbers didn't come in until around 11:00 last night by which time I had a migraine so severe I was praying for death. I'm feeling much better now, thank you.
Sales are still at -5% for the year in Canada with the market for CDs contracting by 15% year-to-date. Digital albums are up by 12% while digital singles are ahead by 5%.
There are four new entries in the Canadian Top 10, let by Katy Perry's Prism with first week sales of 31,000.
Let that sink in for a second. The most-hyped pop record of the fall, one supported by a massive advertising campaign, managed to sell just 31,000 copies in the entire country. Something's wrong.
James Blunt landed in second place with 7,700 copies of Moon Landing. Then we have two Christmas albums: Johnny Reid's Christmas Gift to You (#6, 5,000 units) and Maxime Landry's Noel Blanc at #9.
No problems for Lorde and her "Royals" single. It's #1 on the download chart for the fifth week in a row, moving 24,000 in sales this past week.
In the US, Katy has the top spot, too, with sales of 286,000 copies of Prism, a number many industry observers to find disappointingly low given all the marketing and hype.
An X Factor band called Fifth Harmony pulls in at #6 with their debut, Better Together, while DJ Khaled's Suffering from Success ended up at #7. Then we have AFI's Burials at #9.
The biggest single in America? Lorde and "Royals" (222,000 downloads). The most-streamed song? Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" wiht 7,692,768 streams.
All in all, though, this was a bad week for the music industry. Even the New York Times has something to say.
Everyone is watching to see where Arcade Fire's Reflektor will finish next week. Guesses are that it'll debut at #1 on both sides of the border. The US estimate is for at least 200,000 copies.
All numbers courtesy Nielsen Soundscan.