Nielsen Music 2007 Year End Music Industry Report For Canada

Fri Jan 4, 2008 4:28pm EST

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Canadian Album Sales Decline 9.5% in 2007
TORONTO--(Business Wire)--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 industry's leading music
performance monitoring service, have announced their 2007 Canadian
year-end sales and airplay monitoring data, for the 52-week period
January 1, 2007 through December 30, 2007.

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TOTAL ALBUM SALES (01/01/07 - 12/30/07)
(INCLUDES CD, CS, LP, DIGITAL ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)
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UNITS SOLD           2007         2006       % Chg.
                  ----------------------------------

                     41.8         47.7       -6.9%
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DIGITAL TRACK SALES
(01/01/2007 - 12/30/2007 - IN MILLIONS)
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UNITS SOLD         2007         2006     % Chg.
               ----------------------------------

                   25.8         14.9       73%
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DIGITAL ALBUM SALES (represents 4.7% of total album sales)
(01/01/2007 - 12/30/2007 - IN MILLIONS)
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UNITS SOLD           2007       2006          % CHG.
                  ----------------------------------------

                     1.98       1.02           93%
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OVERALL MUSIC SALES (01/01/07 - 12/30/07)
(ALBUMS,SINGLES, MUSIC VIDEO, DIGITAL TRACKS -
 IN MILLIONS)
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UNITS SOLD          2007        2006    % Chg.
                --------------------------------

                    70.4        64.1     9.8%
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OVERALL ALBUM SALES (01/01/07 - 12/30/07)
(ALL ALBUMS & TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS - IN
 MILLIONS)
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UNITS SOLD          2007         2006     % CHG.
              ------------------------------------

                    44.4         47.7     -6.9%
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2007 GENRE ALBUM SALES REPORT            CURRENT VS. CATALOG ALBUM
(01/01/07-12/30/07 - IN THOUSANDS)        SALES
                                         (01/01/07-12/30/07: IN
                                          MILLIONS)
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                                          Overall
   Genre      2007    2006    % Chg.       Albums   2007  2006 % Chg.
------------ ------- ------- ---------   ---------- ----- ---- ------
Alternative    7,884   9,851    -19.9%   Current     25.1 27.6  -9.0%
Classical      1,560   1,850    -15.7%   Catalog     16.7 18.6 -10.2%
Country                                  Deep
               3,491   3,866     -9.7%    Catalog    10.8 11.8  -8.5%
Jazz           1,408   1,577    -10.7%
Metal                                    Physical
               4,497   5,284    -14.9%    Albums:    2007 2006 % Chg.
                                         ---------- ----- ---- ------
R&B            3,862   4,028     -4.1%   Current     24.0 27.0 -11.1%
Rap            2,181   2,413     -9.6%   Catalog     15.8 18.2 -13.1%
                                         Deep
                                          Catalog    10.3 11.5 -10.4%
(Note: Titles may appear in more than
 one genre.)
                                         Digital
                                          Albums:
                                          (000's)    2007 2006 % Chg.
                                         ---------- ----- ---- ------
                                         Current    1,125  632  78.0%
                                         Catalog      864  397 117.6%
                                         Deep
                                          Catalog     526  257 104.6%
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2007 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE (1/01/07 - 12/30/07)
(reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub-
 distributed companies)

TOTAL ALBUMS (Catalog &   CURRENT ALBUMS         CATALOG ALBUMS
 Current Titles)
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             2007   2006           2007    2006           2007   2006
            ------ ------         ------- ------         ------ ------
UMG         38.17% 35.73% UMG      38.85% 36.24% UMG     37.14% 34.97%
SONYBMG     20.20% 21.56% SONYBMG  19.85% 24.37% SONYBMG 20.73% 17.38%
WMG         13.76% 14.51% WMG      13.27% 13.58% WMG     14.50% 15.90%
EMI          9.45%  9.86% EMI       8.17%  8.15% EMI     11.37% 12.41%
OTHERS      18.42% 18.34% OTHERS   19.85% 17.66% OTHERS  16.26% 19.35%
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2007 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE continued...(1/01/07 -
 12/30/07)
(reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub-
 distributed companies)

DIGITAL ALBUMS                                DIGITAL TRACKS
--------------------------------------------- -----------------------
                          2007        2006               2007   2006
                      ------------- ---------           ------ ------
UMG                      33.57%      35.05%   UMG       34.33% 36.04%
SONYBMG                  17.67%      18.07%   SONYBMG   20.65% 21.50%
WMG                      16.00%      16.97%   WMG       20.64% 18.94%
EMI                      13.14%      12.68%   EMI        9.19%  9.03%
OTHERS                   19.62%      17.24%   OTHERS    15.18% 14.50%
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2007 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS                     2007 TOP TEN SELLING
                                                 ARTISTS
-------------------------------------------     ----------------------
(01/01/2007-12/30/2007)                         (based on Album sales
                                                 from 01/01/2007-
                                                 12/30/2007)

           Title/Artist         Units Sold          Artist     Units
                                                                 Sold
    --------------------------- ----------       ------------- -------

  1 Noel/ Josh Groban              380,000     1 Celine Dion   568,000
    ---------------------------
  2 Call Me Irresponsible/         304,000     2 Josh Groban   498,000
     Michael Buble
    ---------------------------
  3 Taking Chances/ Celine Dion    301,000     3 Michael Buble 471,000
    ---------------------------
  4 Best Damn Thing/ Avril         279,000     4 Bon Jovi      343,000
     Lavigne
    ---------------------------
  5 Lost Highway/ Bon Jovi         246,000     5 Avril Lavigne 320,000
    ---------------------------
  6 Good Girl Gone Bad/ Rihanna    232,000     6 Rihanna       267,000
    ---------------------------
  7 Duos Dubois/ Dubois Claude     224,000     7 Johnny Cash   247,000
     Et Les Plus...
    ---------------------------
  8 FutureSex/LoveSounds/          221,000     8 Linkin Park   245,000
     Justin Timberlake
    ---------------------------
  9 Timbaland Presents Shock       218,000     9 Justin        229,000
     Value/ Timbaland                             Timberlake
    ---------------------------
10. Minutes to Midnight/ Linkin    195,000   10. Dubois Claude 224,000
     Park                                         Et Les Plus
                                                  Gran
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2007 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL TRACKS
(01/01/2007-12/30/2007)
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                      Title/Artist                      Units Sold
     ----------------------------------------------- ----------------
  1  The Way I Are/ Timbaland                             94,000
     -----------------------------------------------
  2  Apologize/ Timbaland feat OneRepublic                85,000
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  3  Big Girls Don't Cry/ Fergie                          83,000
     -----------------------------------------------
  4  Stronger/ Kanye West                                 80,000
     -----------------------------------------------
  5  Paralyzer/ Finger Eleven                             79,000
     -----------------------------------------------
  6  The Sweet Escape/ Gwen Stefani                       68,000
     -----------------------------------------------
  7  Umbrella/ Rihanna                                    66,000
     -----------------------------------------------
  8  Don't Stop the Music/ Rihanna                        60,000
     -----------------------------------------------
  9  Makes Me Wonder/ Maroon 5                            59,000
     -----------------------------------------------
10.  Crank That/ Soulja Boy Tell'Em                       53,000
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2007 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL SONGS      TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL
                                         ALBUMS
----------------------------------      -----------------------------
(combines all versions of the same      (01/01/2007-12/30/2007)
   Song: 01/01/07 - 12/30/2007)

         Title/Artist       Units               Artist         Units
                             Sold                               Sold
    ----------------------- ------       --------------------- ------
  1 Way I Are/ Timbaland    98,000     1 Feist/ Reminder       17,000
    -----------------------              ---------------------
  2 Stronger/ Kanye West    94,000     2 Back to Black/ Amy    11,000
                                          Winehouse
    -----------------------              ---------------------
  3 Apologize/ Timbaland    93,000     3 Timbaland Presents    10,000
     feat. OneRepublic                    Shock Value/
                                          Timbaland
    -----------------------              ---------------------
  4 Umbrella/ Rihanna       89,000     4 Neon Bible/ Arcade     9,000
                                          Fire
    -----------------------              ---------------------
  5 Big Girls Don't Cry/    87,000     5 Noel/ Josh Groban      8,700
     Fergie
    -----------------------              ---------------------
  6 Hey There Delilah/      84,000     6 Graduation/ Kanye      8,400
     Plain White T's                      West
    -----------------------              ---------------------
  7 Girlfriend/ Avril       83,700     7 Icky Thump/ White      8,200
     Lavigne                              Stripes
    -----------------------              ---------------------
  8 Paralyzer/ Finger       79,000     8 It Won't Be Soon       8,100
     Eleven                               Before Long/ Maroon
                                          5
    -----------------------              ---------------------
  9 Sweet Escape/ Gwen      71,000     9 Call Me                7,700
     Stefani                              Irresponsible/
                                          Michael Buble
    -----------------------              ---------------------
10. Give It To Me/          63,000   10. FutureSex/LoveSounds/  7,600
     Timbaland feat. Justin               Justin Timberlake
     Tim...
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    2007 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS          TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS OF
           OF SOUNDSCAN ERA                     SOUNDSCAN ERA
    -----------------------------       -----------------------------
    (1995 - 12/30/2007)                 (1995 - 12/30/2007)

       Title/Artist      Units                Artist         Units
                           Sold                                Sold
    ------------------- ---------       ------------------- ---------
    Come on Over/       1,920,000     1 Celine Dion         6,793,000
  1  Shania Twain
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    Let's Talk About    1,487,000     2 Shania Twain        4,207,000
  2  Love/ Celine Dion
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    Big Shiny Tunes 2/  1,233,000     3 Backstreet Boys     4,081,000
  3  Various Artists
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    Romanza/ Andrea     1,116,000     4 U2                  3,343,000
  4  Bocelli
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  5 Up!/ Shania Twain   1,088,000     5 Sarah McLachlan     2,978,000
    -------------------
  6 Aquarium/ Aqua      1,083,000     6 Eminem              2,898,000
    -------------------
    Millennium/         1,072,000     7 Beatles             2,862,000
  7  Backstreet Boys
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    Surfacing/ Sarah    1,071,000     8 Andrea Bocelli      2,676,000
  8  McLachlan
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  9 Beatles 1/ Beatles  1,060,000     9 Diana Krall         2,604,000
    -------------------
    Backstreet's Back/  1,048,000   10. Britney Spears      2,484,000
10.  Backstreet Boys
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   2007 Year End Factoids:

   --  Overall Album sales (including Albums and Track Equivalent
        Album sales) declined 6.9% compared to 2006.

   --  Total album sales declined 9.5% compared to 2006.

   --  More than 25 million digital tracks were purchased; an
        increase of 73% over 2006.

   --  The top 200 tracks accounted for 18% of all track purchases;
        4.7 million sales compared to 2.8 million in 2006.

   --  Digital album sales increased 93% from 2006 with sales of 2
        million compared to 1 million in 2006 and represented 4.7% of
        total album sales in 2007.

   --  Celine Dion was the biggest selling artist with album sales
        surpassing 560,000 in 2007.

   --  37% of all albums purchased were at a Mass Merchant/Non
        Traditional outlets compared to 34% in 2006 and 29% in 2005.

   --  Chain music stores accounted for 63% of all album sales,
        compared to 66% in 2006 and 71% in 2005.

   --  Consistent with a year ago, the top two selling artists in
        Canada during the SoundScan era are both native Canadians;
        Celine Dion (6.8 million albums sold) and Shania Twain (4.2
        million albums sold).

   --  These same two artists continue to have the biggest selling
        albums for Canada in the SoundScan era; Shania Twain's "Come
        On Over" album has sold 1.9 million units and Celine Dion's
        "Let's 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 industry's
leading music performance monitoring service, has announced the most
played songs at radio and at video for 2007.


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               Nielsen BDS:                       Nielsen BDS:
         Top 10 Most Played Songs             Top 10 Artist Airplay
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         Title/Artist      Detections           Artist     Detections
     --------------------- ----------       -------------- ----------
  1  Paralyzer/ Finger       44,218       1 Avril Lavigne   107,632
      Eleven
     ---------------------
  2  The Sweet Escape/       41,066       2 Nelly Furtado   102,246
      Gwen Stefani feat.
      Akon
     ---------------------
  3  Makes Me Wonder/        37,383       3 Nickelback       98,960
      Maroon 5
     ---------------------
  4  Say It Right/ Nelly     36,852       4 Justin           83,106
      Furtado                                Timberlake
     ---------------------
  5  Big Girls Don't Cry/    36,783       5 Daughtry         82,256
      Fergie
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  6  Before He Cheats/       33,602       6 Bryan Adams      77,365
      Carrie Underwood
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  7  It's Not Over/          31,540       7 Maroon 5         75,686
      Daughtry
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  8  If Everyone Cared/      31,247       8 Finger Eleven    75,357
      Nickelback
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  9  Hey There Delilah/      31,245       9 Rascal Flatts    70,026
      Plain White T's
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10.  Chasing Cars/ Snow      29,679     10. Bon Jovi         68,775
      Patrol
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Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Music Video Airplay
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                         Title/Artist                      Detections
     ----------------------------------------------------- ----------
  1  Umbrella/ Rihanna feat. Jay-Z                           2,552
  2  Girlfriend/ Avril Lavigne                               2,544
  3  Fallen Leaves/ Billy Talent                             2,519
  4  Surrender/ Billy Talent                                 2,070
  5  Big Girls Don't Cry/ Fergie                             2,000
  6  Don't Matter/ Akon                                      1,962
  7  The Sweet Escape/ Gwen Stefani feat. Akon               1,961
  8  Crank That/ Soulja Boy Tell'Em                          1,943
  9  Beautiful Liar/Bello Embustero/ Beyonce & Shakira       1,894
10.  What Goes Around..Comes Around/ Justin Timberlake       1,880
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