Nielsen Music provides a front-row seat to changing music consumption habits by interviewing more than 13,000 Canadian music fans over the past five years to identify what people listen to, how they do it and where they spend their money with an ever-expanding range of choices.
Neuroscience shows us that, when used correctly, music can put viewers and listeners in a more positive mood, leading to a greater reliance on intuition and a reduction in both critical thought and focus on detail.
Live music is one of the biggest entertainment draws in Canada, and it’s growing in popularity. Fans don’t just show up, though. They make plans months and weeks ahead of events, engage with on-site brand activations, interact with other event-goers, share their live music and festival experiences on social media.
It’s been an action-packed first half of the year for music in Canada, with records broken and chart history made. A significant streaming milestone was also reached in April, when weekly on-demand audio streaming surpassed 700 million.
93% of Canadians listen to music, up from 89% a year ago. This rise may be explained by the continuing move toward mobile consumption—over half the Canadian population are now listening to music via smartphone in a typical week. Listening on tablet devices has also increased, and is up to 30% for the general population.
If music were a brand in Canada, it would be flying high—living on cloud nine. That’s because despite the wealth of new technology and media constantly being unveiled to tempt and engage consumers, music consumption is rising.
Music consumption is at an all-time high. Overall volume is up 3% over 2016, fueled by a 76% increase in on-demand audio streams, enough to offset declines in sales and return a positive year for the business.
The recent passing of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen highlights the impact that the passing of an artist can have on music sales and streaming. Canadian fans paid tribute to Cohen not only by consuming music from across his catalogue, but by engaging with music from related artists’ repertoires as well.
Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like holiday music, and if you were in Edmonton, Canada, last holiday season, you were in the country’s merriest city. That’s because its radio stations played the most holiday music between Nov. 1 to Dec. 27, 2015.
Canada has developed a strong roster of successful homegrown country music talent, and those artists have likely helped the genre maintain its large, loyal fan base in an era of ever-fragmenting tastes. In fact, about one in five Canadian music listeners say they often tune in to country.
Music listening in Canada remains as popular as it ever has been, driven by new music services and great new music by home-grown superstar artists. What continues to change, however, is how fans are accessing and engaging with music.
Fueled by a massive wave of hype leading up to its release, Canadian superstar Drake’s "Views" is already setting the pace to be the biggest album of the year in Canada. In its first four days, sales were at 80,000, and the album had already been streamed nearly 15 million times in Canada.
93% of all adult consumers listen to radio each week. On the flipside, streaming is riding an undeniably massive growth swell. So what if radio programmers could benefit from the surge in streaming rather than fear it? Truth be told, they can.
Aside from the excitement about Adele’s “25” at year-end, on-demand audio and video streaming continued to gain in popularity in 2015, posting growth rates of 83% and 102%, respectively. Vinyl also posted its 10th consecutive year of sales growth.
With a wide array of pastimes available, respondents in a recent Nielsen global survey were asked to select their top three spare-time activities. While certain activities skew younger than older and vice versa, if you think technology-driven younger people don’t read anymore, think again.
Canadians are big fans of live music. And according to Nielsen's Music 360 Canada 2015 report, more than half of Canadians claim they attended a live concert in the past year, and 17% said they attended a music festival.
Canadian consumers love music, and they’re spending more time with it in more ways. This is particularly the case with Canadian teens. According to Nielsen’s Music 360 Canada report, teens report listening to 40% more music than they did in 2013. So what’s driving the surge?
Music streaming is hot, and not just in the U.S., where levels hit new highs in 2014. In fact, all of North America is tuning is, as new data shows that artists are finding big digital success in Canada as well.
To everything there is a season, and the music industry is no different. From holiday hits to summer jams, music trends vary with the weather. And understanding such trends can be crucial to success for artists, retailers and labels. So is there a “perfect” time to release a new album?
Gone are the days of spending the holidays staring into the warm blaze of a crackling fireplace or gazing through the oven window to watch the sugar cookies rise. Today, we look elsewhere for our holiday entertainment.
52 percent of Canadian music listeners say they’d be completely lost without their music. And advertisers are taking a cue from Jay Z and “smarting up and opening the market up” by aligning with music on all platforms to give their brands a lift in the eyes (and ears) of consumers.