Overall album sales are up 6% over last week, CD sales are up 11% and digital tracks post a 1% increase. On a YTD basis, albums are down 20%, CDs sales have declined 14% and digital albums are off 28%. Vinyl LP sales show a YTD gain of 26% and digital track sales have declined by 23%.
On the Charts
The compilation album La Voix IV (Universal) debuts at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart having sold 12,000 copies in the week. It's the second straight release in the series to do so; Gwen Stefani matches her highest chart position to date as a solo artist, with This Is What The Truth Feels Like (Universal) debuting in 3rd place with 4,400 sales, and Lukas Graham’s "7 Years" edges 2-1 on the Hot 100.
A pair of veteran artists score their highest chart positions and one week sales totals to date: Quebec rocker Fred Fortin debuts in 11th place on the consumption album chart (and No. 6 on the album sales-only Top Albums chart) with a sales tally of 2,100 for his album Ultramarr (Grosse Boite), and Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression (Universal) enters at 16 on the consumption album chart (and No. 9 on the sales only Top Albums chart) with 1,800 copies sold. He has never had a top 100 studio album in the Canada SoundScan era.
Lukas Graham’s first charted song, “7 Years” (Warner), glides 2-1 on, picking up Greatest Gainer/Airplay honour for the fifth straight week. The song remains at the top of the Digital Songs chart for the third straight week with a 3% download increase, climbs 7-5 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart with a 24% audience increase, and edges 3-2 on the Streaming Songs chart with a 10% streaming gain.
Meghan Trainor’s “NO” (Sony) vaults 21-15 on the Hot 100 and picks up the Greatest Gainer/Streaming honour. The song rockets 70-22 on the Streaming Songs chart with a 101% stream increase.
Two songs debut in the top 50 on the Canadian Hot 100, led by Ariana Grande’s “Be Alright” at No. 39. It's the second straight week she has scored the Hot Shot Debut, following “Dangerous Woman,” which holds at No. 14 this week. Iggy Azalea’s “Team” (Universal) enters at No. 42, her highest debut to date as a main feature artist.