10% Growth in Overall Music Sales; Digital Track Sales Exceed 120% Growth

Canadian Artists Nickelback and Bryan Adams Top the Airplay Charts; Nielsen Music 2006 Year End Music Industry Report For Canada

TORONTO--()--Nielsen SoundScan Canada, the entertainment industry's data information system that tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music product and Nielsen BDS, the music industrys leading music performance monitoring service, have announced their 2006 Canadian year-end sales and airplay monitoring data, for the 52-week period January 2, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

OVERALL MUSIC SALES  (01/02/06 12/31/06)           

(ALBUMS,SINGLES, MUSIC VIDEO, DIGITAL TRACKS IN MILLIONS)

 
UNITS SOLD 2006  2005  % Chg.
 
64.1  58.4  9.8%

TOTAL ALBUM SALES (01/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(INCLUDES CD, CS, LP, DIGITAL ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)

 
UNITS SOLD 2006  2005  % Chg.
 
46.2  48.5  -4.7%

DIGITAL TRACK SALES                                                 

(01/02/2006 12/31/2006 - SALES IN MILLIONS)

 
UNITS SOLD 2006  2005  % CHG.
 
14.9  6.7  122%

OVERALL ALBUM SALES (01/02/06 12/31/06)
(ALL ALBUMS & TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)

 
UNITS SOLD 2006  2005  % Chg.
 
47.7  49.3  -3.2%

DIGITAL ALBUM SALES

(01/02/2006 12/31/2006 IN THOUSANDS:)

 
UNITS SOLD 2006  2005  % CHG.
 
1,029  462  122%

2006 GENRE ALBUM SALES REPORT    

(Sales In Millions: 01/02/06-12/31/06)

 CURRENT VS. CATALOG ALBUM SALES

(Sales In Millions: 01/02/06-12/31/06)

 
Genre 2006  2005  % Chg. Overall Albums 2006  2005  % Chg.
Alternative 9,851  11,837  -16.8% Current 27.6  29.2  -5.5%
Classical 1,850  1,534  20.6% Catalog 18.6  19.4  -4.1%
Country

3,866 

3,350  15.4% Deep Catalog 11.8  12.1  -2.5%
Jazz 1,577  1,979  -20.3%
Metal 5,284  5,954  -11.3% Physical Albums: 2006  2005  % Chg.
R&B 4,028  5,865  -31.3% Current 27.0 

29.0 

-6.8%
Rap 2,413  3,696  -34.7% Catalog 18.2  19.1  -4.7%
Deep Catalog 11.5  11.9  -3.4%
(Note: Titles may appear in more than one genre.)
Digital Albums: (000s) 2006  2005  % Chg.
Current 632  252  151%
Catalog 397  210  47%
Deep Catalog 257  151  70%

2006 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE  (1/02/06 - 12/31/06)

(reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub-distributed companies)

 

TOTAL ALBUMS
(Catalog & Current Titles)

 CURRENT ALBUMS

CATALOG ALBUMS

 
2006  2005  2006  2005  2006  2005 
UMG 35.73% 36.18% UMG 36.24% 37.05% UMG 34.97% 34.87%
BMG 10.67% 10.12% BMG 13.70% 12.05% BMG 6.16% 7.19%
SONY 10.89% 10.58% SONY 10.67% 9.62% SONY 11.22% 12.04%
SONYBMG Total 21.56% 20.70% SONYBMG Total 24.37% 21.67% SONYBMG Total 17.38% 19.23%
WMG 14.51% 15.25% WMG 13.58% 15.13% WMG 15.90% 15.44%
EMI 9.86% 10.98% EMI 8.15% 10.08% EMI 12.41% 12.35%
OTHERS 18.34% 16.88% OTHERS 17.66% 16.07% OTHERS 19.35% 18.11%

2006 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE  continued(1/02/06 - 12/31/06)

(reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub-distributed companies)

 

 

DIGITAL ALBUMS

DIGITAL TRACKS

2006  2005  2006  2005 
UMG 35.05% 39.68% UMG 36.04% 34.13%
BMG 10.31% 10.68% BMG 9.74% 10.65%
SONY 7.76% 7.77% SONY 11.76% 12.59%
SONYBMG Total 18.07% 18.45% SONYBMG Total 21.50% 23.24%
WMG 16.97% 14.98% WMG 18.94% 18.24%
EMI 12.68% 13.20% EMI 9.03% 10.55%
OTHERS 17.24% 13.68% OTHERS 14.50% 13.85%

2006 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS
 (01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

2006 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS
(based on Album sales from 01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

 
Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold
Back to Bedlam/ James Blunt 456,281  Johnny Cash 544,598 
Taking the Long Way/ Dixie Chicks 292,639  Il Divo 540,707 
Loose/ Nelly Furtado 291,673  James Blunt 456,281 
I Think Of You/ Gregory Charles 260,653  Crazy Frog 374,620 
Its Time/ Michael Buble 237,453  Beatles 349,853 
Stadium Arcadium/ Red Hot Chili Peppers 232,808  Dixie Chicks 349,261 
All the Right Reasons/ Nickelback 231,244  Michael Buble 325,345 
Futuresex/Love Sounds/ Justin Timberlake 230,852  Nelly Furtado 312,578 
Wintersong/ Sarah McLachlan 226,567  Red Hot Chili Peppers 294,176 
10.  Crazy Hits/ Crazy Frog 207,250  10.  Nickelback 285,448 

2006 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL TRACKS               

(01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

Title/Artist Units Sold
Sexyback/ Justin Timberlake 55,389 
Hips Dont Lie/ Shakira 51,784 
Dani California(Alb. Vers.)/ Red Hot Chili 45,501 
Youre Beautiful/ James Blunt 43,404 
Chasing Cars/ Snow Patrol 43,253 
SOS/ Rihanna 42,880 
Crazy(Alb. Version)/ Gnarls Barkley 42,593 
Maneater/ Nelly Furtado 38,751 
Lips Of An Angel/ Hinder 37,604 
10.  Promiscuous/ Nelly Furtado 37,086 

2006 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL SONGS

 (combines all versions of the same Song: 01/02/06 12/31/2006)

TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ALBUMS (01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold
Youre Beautiful/ James Blunt 73,841  Wintersong/ Sarah McLachlan 9,873 
Promiscuous/ Nelly Furtado 66,607  Stadium Arcadium/ Red Hot Chili Peppers 8,595 
Hung Up/ Madonna 61,652  Taking the Long Way/ Dixie Chicks 6,732 
Sexyback/ Justin Timberlake 59,745  Continuum/ John Mayer 6,644 
Hips Dont Lie/ Shakira 53,081  Back to Bedlam/ James Blunt 6,586 
Gold Digger/ Kanye West 52,803  Sams Town/ Killers 6,276 
Crazy/ Gnarls Barkley 52,487  Loose/ Nelly Furtado 6,113 
Pon De Replay/ Rihanna 46,968 

Curious George: Singalongs../Jack Johnson & Friends

6,059 
Dani California/ Red Hot Chili Peppers 45,501  Eyes Open/ Snow Patrol 5,874 
10.  Chasing Cars/ Snow Patrol 44,518  10.  Futuresex/Love Sounds/ Justin Timberlake 5,126 

2006 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA
(1995 12/31/2006)

 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA 
(1995 12/31/2006)

Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold
Come on Over/ Shania Twain 1,912,641  Celine Dion 6,225,022 
Lets Talk About Love/ Celine Dion 1,482,452  Shania Twain 4,176,983 
Big Shiny Tunes 2/ Various Artists 1,232,738  Backstreet Boys 4,035,368 
Romanza/ Andrea Bocelli 1,109,788  U2 3,250,254 
Up!/ Shania Twain 1,081,414  Sarah McLachlan 2,920,084 
Aquarium/ Aqua 1,080,619  Eminem 2,850,796 
Millennium/ Backstreet Boys 1,071,820  Beatles 2,664,824 
Surfacing/ Sarah McLachlan 1,066,548  Andrea Bocelli 2,545,278 
Backstreets Back/ Backstreet Boys 1,047,896  Diana Krall 2,485,971 
10.  1/ Beatles 1,035,111  10.  Britney Spears 2,371,993 

2006 Year End Factoids:

  • 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; 2.8 million sales, note that this is consistent with 2005.
  • 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).
  • These same two artists have the biggest selling albums for Canada in the SoundScan era; Shania Twains Come On Over album has sold 1.9 million units and Celine Dions Lets Talk about Love album has reached 1.5 million sales.
  • Consistent with the previous two years, 25% of total album sales occurred during the Holiday Season (last 6 weeks of year).

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (Nielsen BDS), the music industrys leading music performance monitoring service, has announced the most played songs at radio and at video for 2006.

 

Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Most Played Songs

 Nielsen BDS: 2006 Top 10 Artist Airplay

Title/Artist Detections Artist Detections
Unwritten/ Natasha Bedingfield 36,613  Nickelback 115,224 
Youre Beautiful/ James Blunt 36,358  Bryan Adams 92,439 
Crazy/ Gnarls Barkley 34,252  Kelly Clarkson 82,427 
Who Says You Cant Go Home/Bon Jovi 33,565  Madonna 77,040 
Dani California/ Red Hot Chili Peppers 32,233  Shania Twain 76,117 

Savin Me/ Nickelback*

31,869  U2 74,564 
Ever the Same/ Rob Thomas 28,332  Red Hot Chili Peppers 70,812 

Far Away/ Nickelback*

26,827  The Tragically Hip 68,733 

Out of My Head/ Mobile*

26,676  Tim McGraw 63,827 
10.  Because of You/ Kelly Clarkson 26,581  10.  James Blunt 63,237 

 

Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Music Video Airplay

 

Title/Artist Detections
Promiscuous/ Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland 2,702 

Savin Me/ Nickelback*

2,621 

Animal I Have Become/ Three Days Grace*

2,593 

Devil In A Midnight Mass/ Billy Talent*

2,563 
Hips Dont Lie/ Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean 2,494 

Out of My Head/ Mobile*

2,400 
I Write Sins Not Tragedies/ Panic! At the Disco 2,355 
SOS/ Rihanna 2,297 
Ridin/ Chamillionaire feat Krayzie Bone 2,276 
10.  Unfaithful/ Rihanna 2,266 

*meets Canadian content criteria

Contacts

for Nielsen SoundScan Canada
Larry Solters or Anna Loynes, 213-639-6167
aloynes@solters.com

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for Nielsen SoundScan Canada
Larry Solters or Anna Loynes, 213-639-6167
aloynes@solters.com