Nielsen & Billboard’s 2015 Canadian BDS Report

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) has released its annual survey of the most played songs at radio in 2015. Also included a detailed breakdown of video and songs streamed in the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

 

Top 20 On-Demand Streaming (January 2015 - December 2015)

Title/Artist Streams (in millions)

1 Uptown Funk / Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars 60.0

2 See You Again / Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth 47.6

3 Cheerleader / Sia 44.6

4 Lean On / Major Lazer & DJ Snake 42.9

5 Thinking Out Loud / Ed Sheeran 41.1

6 What Do You Mean? / Justin Bieber 38.2

7 Hello / Adele 38.1

8 Trap Queen / Fetty Wap 36.6

9 Can’t Feel My Face / The Weeknd 36.0

10 The Hills / The Weeknd 35.6

11 Sorry / Justin Bieber 34.7

12 Sugar / Maroon 5 32.7

13 Where Are U Now / Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber 31.7

14 Love Me Like You Do / Ellie Goulding 28.7

15 Shake It Off / Taylor Swift 28.1

16 Hotline Bling / Drake 26.9

17 Blank Space / Taylor Swift 26.7

18 Take Me To Church / Hozier 25.6

19 Bad Blood / Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar 23.8

20 Watch Me / Silento 23.7

 

Top 20 Video On-Demand Streaming (January 2015 - December 2015)

Title/Artist Streams (in millions)

1 Uptown Funk / Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars 50.9

2 See You Again / Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth 37.6

3 Thinking Out Loud / Ed Sheeran 31.7

4 Cheerleader / Omi 30.4

5 Shake It Off / Taylor Swift 27.1

6 Hello / Adele 26.4

7 Lean On / Major Lazer & DJ Snake 26.2

8 Blank Space / Taylor Swift 25.6

9 Trap Queen / Fetty Wap 25.4

10 Sugar / Maroon 5 24.9

11 What Do You Mean? / Justin Bieber 22.4

12 Bad Blood / Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar 22.0

13 Sorry / Justin Bieber 21.7

14 Love Me Like You Do / Ellie Goulding 21.6

15 The Hills / The Weeknd 21.5

16 Gangnam Style / PSY 21.0

17 Can’t Feel My Face / The Weeknd 20.3

18 Watch Me / Silento 20.0

19 Where Are U Now / Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber 18.9

20 Take Me To Church / Hozier 17.9

 

Top 20 Audio On-Demand Streaming (January 2015 - December 2015)

Title/Artist Streams (in millions)

1 Lean On / Major Lazer & DJ Snake 16.7

2 What Do You Mean? / Justin Bieber 15.8

3 Can’t Feel My Face / The Weeknd 15.7

4 Hotline Bling / Drake 14.2

5 Cheerleader / Omi 14.1

6 The Hills / The Weeknd 14.1

7 Sorry / Justin Bieber 13.0

8 Where Are U Now / Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber 12.8

9 Hello / Adele 11.6

10 Trap Queen / Fetty Wap 11.2

11 See You Again / Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth 10.0

12 Good For You / Selena Gomez 9.5

13 Thinking Out Loud / Ed Sheeran 9.5

14 Stitches / Shawn Mendes 9.3

15 Uptown Funk / Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars 9.1

16 679 / Fetty Wap 8.9

17 Renegades / X Ambassadors 8.8

18 Photograph / Ed Sheeran 8.8

19 Want To Want Me / Jason Derulo 8.3

20 How Deep Is Your Love / Calvin Harris & Disciples

 

Overall Streaming Core Genre Breakdown (Jan. 2015 - December 2015)

Rock – 25.7%

Pop – 24.6%

R&B/Hip-Hop – 21.5%

Dance/Electronic – 8.9%

Country – 5.6%

 

On-Demand Streaming Core Genre Breakdown (Jan. 2015 - December 2015)

Rock – 25.6%

Pop – 24.7%

R&B/Hip-Hop – 21.6%

Dance/Electronic – 8.9%

Country – 5.4%

 

Video On-Demand Streaming Core Genre Breakdown (Jan. 2015 - December 2015)

R&B/Hip-Hop – 20.3%

Dance/Electronic – 8.8%

Pop – 25.8%

Rock – 24.4%

Country – 5.0%

 

Audio On-Demand Streaming Core Genre Breakdown (Jan.  2015 - December 2015)

R&B/Hip-Hop – 24.1%

Dance/Electronic – 9.2%

Rock – 27.9%

Pop – 22.7%

Country – 6.2%

 

Total Streaming Activity (Jan. 2015 - December 2015)

Total Overall Streams: 25,661,394,104

Total Audio: 7,817,588,300

Total Video: 17,843,805,804

Audio On-Demand: 7,518,756,906

Programmed: 298,831,394

* On Demand includes YouTube and fee-based subscription services such as Spotify, whereas total overall streams include non-interactive free streaming services.

Nielsen started to track streaming in Canada at the end of July 2014. Comparing data from week ending July 30, 2015 through December 31, 2015 over the same period in 2014, total music consumption is up 15% in Canada. On-demand streams (both audio and video) are up +114.1 per cent in the second half of 2015 over the same period in 2014.

“Canadians consumed 15% more music in 2015 over the same time last year, fueled by the rapid growth of streaming,” said David Bakula, SVP Industry Insights for Nielsen Entertainment. “This tremendous growth has offset the slight declines in album and track sales.”

 

 

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