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2015 Nielsen Mid-Year Music Canada Report

Over 10.5 Billion On-Demand Streams in the First Half of 2015
Digital Albums Up 10% and Vinyl LPs Up 40% over 2014

New York, NY – July 16, 2015 – Nielsen, the music industry’s leading data information provider, announced the 2015 Canada Music mid-year report for the six-month period of Dec. 29, 2014 through June 28, 2015.

Streaming volume continues to grow, with over 10.5 billion songs streamed on-demand through audio and video platforms in the first six months of 2015. Digital album sales are also showing a significant increase over last year, up nearly 10%, while digital track sales are down 10% over mid-year 2014. Combining digital albums and track equivalent albums, we see overall digital sales up 3.2%. CD sales are down nearly 9%, but vinyl LP sales remain strong, up 40%.

“The biggest story of the year continues to be the growth of streaming,” said David Bakula, SVP Industry Insights, Nielsen. “With over 10.5 billion on-demand streams in the first six months of the year, streaming is becoming the primary choice of consumption for many music fans.”

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