New LPs by Brit pop band The 1975, American hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and east-coast bluesman Matt Andersen helped nudge overall weekly sales up 2% over the previous week, but compared with same period 2015 show the beleaguered album posts a shocking 20% decline. CDs are off by 15%, digital albums a crushing 26% and digital track sales have sunk 22%.
On the bright side, total streaming numbers are over 700M for the 3rd straight week, and up 87% year-to-date over the same period in 2015.
On the Charts
The 1975 picks up its first chart-topping album with its sophomore set - I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Universal) - debuting on the Billboard Canadian Albums consumption chart, with 8,200 sales.
(The Billboard Canadian Albums chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on a potpourri of metrics that includes album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums. The quartet's self-titled debut peaked at No. 17 in 2013.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ This Unruly Mess I’ve Made (Warner) enters at 4 on the consumption chart and in 2nd place on the Top Albums sales chart with 6,600 copies sold. It matches the peak position of duo's last release, 2012’s The Heist.
Kelly Clarkson’s Piece By Piece (RCA/Sony), which debuted exactly one year ago at No. 4, re-enters the consumption chart at No. 8 with a 700% album sales increase, buoyed by a remix edition, strong TV showings and RCA pushing hard in order to re-sign her on a now lapsed contract (for a rumoured $1M advance per on a 3-album deal). The title cut bullets 71-1 on the Digital Songs chart with 17,000 downloads sold, thanks to a live performance on American Idol which received huge critical and viral acclaim. It's her second chart-topping Digital Song and first since “My Life Would Suck Without You” in '09. “Piece By Piece” scores the Hot Shot Debut on the Hot 100, landing at No. 17. It is her highest debut to date and her highest chart position since “Stronger” peaked at 3 in March 2012.
Matt Andersen’s Honest Man (True North) debuts at 12 on the consumption album chart and in 5th place on the Top Albums sales chart with 2,300 units sales. It's the Canadian bluesman's highest charting album to date, surpassing the No. 14 peak of his 2014 release, Weightless.
Rihanna’s “Work” (Universal) remains at the top of the Canadian Hot 100 for a second straight week, and holds at the top of the Streaming Songs chart.
Lukas Graham’s first charted song, “7 Years” (Warner) skips 12-6 on the Canadian Hot 100 and earns the Greatest Gainer Digital and Airplay honours. The song slides 6-3 on the Digital Songs chart with a 48% increase, and rockets 45-19 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart with a 47% gain in audience numbers.