Published Feb 05, 2010The numbers are in, and it looks like the Canadian music sales figures for 2009 are, well, pretty much what you'd expect.
There was a 2.2 percent drop in total album sales, a category that includes CDs, vinyl, cassettes and digital albums. In 2008, total album sales were at 35.9 million units; last year, 35.1 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan Canada, Billboard reports. Sales of physical units fell 6.7 percent to 30.3 million in '09 from 32.5 million in 2008.
Now, the good news: digital album sales were up a whopping 42.3 percent to 4.78 million units from 3.36 million units in '08. Digital track sales also went up to 56.3 million units from 40.7 million units, making for a 38.3 percent rise.
The best-selling album in Canada last year? Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream, which sold 319,000 copies, all the more impressive considering it was released with only six weeks left in the year. The highest-selling Canadian album was Michael Buble's Crazy Love, which was the fourth best-selling album in Canada. The late Michael Jackson was the best-selling artist, with a total of 651,000 units sold.