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Music Market Update: Canada

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SALES DESPITE FOUR NEW ENTRIES in the top ten, overall album sales are down 7% over last week and down 7% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales remain down 5% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD sales are down 9% over last week, down 8% over the same week last year and down 5% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are down 6% over last week, down 6% over the same week last year and down 7% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are down 2% over last week, down 13% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are down 5.9% over last week and down 7.8% year-to-date over 2013.

Wiz Khalia’s “Blacc Hollywood” debuts at number one on the Top Albums chart with 5,300 units sold. It is the second lowest sales total for a No. 1 album in 2014, just ahead of the 5,100 units sold of “Frozen” in late February. It is his first chart-topping album. His previous high chart peak was No. 6 with the 2011 album “Rolling Papers.”Bahamas’ “Bahamas Is Afie” debuts at No. 4 with 2,800 units sold. It is the Toronto native’s highest chart peak and one week sales total to date, surpassing the No. 48 “Barchords” in 2012.

 

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