2006 In Review From Nielsen SoundScan Canada
January 17, 2007 at 1:08 PM (PT)
NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN CANADA has announced the 2006 Canadian year-end sales and airplay monitoring data, for the 52-week period JANUARY 2 through DECEMBER 31, 2006. Among the highlighted findings:
- Overall music purchases were up nearly 10% from 2005 .
- Nearly 15 million digital tracks were purchased -- an increase of 122% over 2005.
- The top 200 tracks accounted for nearly 20% of all track purchases.
- JOHNNY CASH was the biggest-selling artist with physical album sales surpassing 540,000.
- 34% of all albums purchased were at a mass-merchant outlet, compared to 29% in 2005.
- Chain music stores accounted for 66% of all album sales, compared to 71% in 2005.
- Classical and Country albums were the only two genres that gained in sales over 2005 -- up 21% and 15% respectively.
- Overall album sales (including albums and track-equivalent album sales) declined 3.2% compared to 2005.
- Total album sales declined 4.7% compared to 2005.
- The top two selling artists in CANADA during the SOUNDSCAN era are both native CANADIANS: CELINE DION (6.2 million albums sold) and SHANIA TWAIN (4.2 million albums sold).