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Music Market Update: Canada

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Despite five debuts in the top ten, overall album sales are down 6% over last week and down 30% over the same week last year (when both Celine Dion and Eminem each sold over 100,000 copies). Year-to-date album sales are down 6% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD sales are down 1% over last week, down 35% over the same week last year and down 6% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are down 14% over last week, down 21% over the same week last year and down 6% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are up 6% over last week, down 11% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2014. Track-equivalent album sales are down 3.5% over last week and down 8% year-to-date over 2013.

Taylor Swift’s “1989” remains at number one on the Top Albums chart with 37,000 units sold. Despite a 66% sales decrease from its big debut total, it is still the third biggest one week sales total so far in 2014 and easily the best second week sales of the year.

The remainder of the top five are new entries, led by Calvin Harris’ “Motion,” which enters at No. 2 with 7,300 units sold. It is his highest chart peak and one week sales total to date. His last release, “18 Months,” entered at No. 8 with 3,900 units sold in November 2012.

The compilation album “Much dance 2015” lands at No. 3 with 6,400 units sold. It surpasses both the chart peak and first week sales total of 2014’s edition in the series, which entered at No. 7 with 5,800 units sold last November. It is the highest chart peak in the series since the 2011 release entered at No. 2.

Mother Mother’s “Very Good Bad Thing” debuts at No. 4 with 5,900 units sold. It is the Vancouver band’s highest chart peak and one week sales total to date. It surpasses the No. 8 peak of their 2011 release “Eureka” and tops the 4,000 units sold in the debut week of their last album, 2012’s “The Sticks.”

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