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Music Market Update: Canada

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With six new entries in the top ten, overall album sales are up 12% over last week and flat over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are down 5% over the same period in 2013. Physical album sales are up 10% over last week, down 6% over the same week last year and down 5% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are up 14% over last week, up 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 14% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are up 7.6% over last week and down 7.7% year-to-date over 2013. Maroon 5’s first chart-topping album, “V,” remains at No. 1 on the Top Albums chart for the second straight week, with 7,700 units sold, down 50% over last week.

Vance Joy, whose breakout single “Riptide” has sold 90,000 digital tracks to date, has the top new entry on the Top Albums chart at No. 2 with 7,300 units sold of “Dream Your Life Away.” It has already sold 200 more copies than the release-to-date sales of his debut 2013 release, “God Loves You When You’re Dancing,” which peaked at No. 167. Canadian duo Death From Above 1979’s.


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