Canada’s Vinyl Love Affair

Nielsen just published their year end report and Canadians purchased over 800,000 new vinyl records last year, up 22% from 2016. Take a read through the report even if you don’t buy records. If you like numbers as much as we do then you’ll love this.

Nielsen Canada: Music Sales 2017

There are a few highlights worth noting:

  • Catalogue titles represented 59% of total vinyl album sales. This happened in 2016 too. These resissues are where it’s at.
  • 7th consecutive year on year sales increase despite reports coming out this summer in the Canadian press stating that sales were softening.
  • Digital album sales receded more than CD album sales did as more Canadians embraced streaming platforms.
  • We love that Johnny Cash and The Beatles are among the Top 5 genre artists in their catefgories.

The Top 10 best selling vinyl albums last year were all about nostalgia. Collectively these 10 titles sold 35,000 units!

1. Ed Sheeran - Divide

2. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

3. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club

4. OST - Guardians of the Galaxy V1

5. Kendrick Lamar - Damn

6. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend

7. Arcade Fire - Everything Now

8. OST - La La Land

9. The Beatles - Abbey Road

10. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black


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