The Nielsen Company 2008 Canadian Music Industry Report

Wed Jan 7, 2009 4:24pm EST

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Digital Track and Digital Album Sales Reach New Highs in 2008

Overall Canadian Album Sales Down 8.5% in 2008
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 2008 Canadian year-end sales and airplay monitoring data, for
the 52-week period December 31, 2007 through December 28, 2008.

 TOTAL ALBUM SALES (12/31/07 - 12/28/08)       OVERALL ALBUM SALES (12/31/07 - 12/28/08)   
 (INCLUDES CD, CS, LP, DIGITAL ALBUMS - IN     (ALL ALBUMS & TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS - IN  
 MILLIONS)                                     MILLIONS)                                   
 UNITS SOLD    2008    2007    % Chg.    UNITS SOLD    2008    2007    % CHG.  
               35.9    41.8    - 14%                   40.6    44.4    - 8.5%  
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
 DIGITAL TRACK SALES                           OVERALL MUSIC SALES (12/31/07 - 12/28/08)   
 (12/31/2007 - 12/28/2008 - IN MILLIONS)       (ALBUMS, SINGLES, MUSIC VIDEO, DIGITAL      
                                               TRACKS - IN MILLIONS)                       
 UNITS SOLD    2008    2007    % Chg.    UNITS SOLD    2008    2007    % Chg.  
               40.7    25.8    58%                     78.5    70.4    11.5%   
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
 DIGITAL ALBUM SALES (represents % of total    HOLIDAY SEASON ALBUM SALES (11/17/08 -      
 album sales)                                  12/28/08)                                   
 (12/31/2007 - 12/28/2008 - IN MILLIONS)       (PHYSICAL & DIGITAL ALBUM SALES DURING      
                                               HOLIDAY SEASON-IN MILLIONS)                 
 UNITS SOLD    2008    2007    % CHG.    UNITS SOLD    2008    2007    % CHG.  
               3.36    1.98    69%                     8.5     9.7     - 12%   
                                                                               


 2008 GENRE ALBUM SALES REPORT                    CURRENT VS. CATALOG ALBUM SALES                            
 (12/31/07-12/28/08: IN THOUSANDS)                (12/31/07-12/28/08 - IN MILLIONS)                          
                                                                                                             
 Genre          2008     2007     % Chg.    Overall Albums             2008     2007     % Chg.  
 Alternative    6,670    7,884    -15%      Current                    23.5     25.1     -6%     
 Classical      1,340    1,560    -14%      Catalog                    12.4     16.7     -26%    
 Country        2,687    3,491    -23%      Deep Catalog               9.1      10.8     -16%    
 Jazz           936      1,408    -33%                                                           
 Metal          4,338    4,497    -4%       Physical Albums:           2008     2007     % Chg.  
 R&B            3,014    3,862    -22%      Current                    21.5     24.0     -10%    
 Rap            1,601    2,181    -27%      Catalog                    11.0     15.8     -30%    
                                                  Deep Catalog               8.1      10.3     -21%    
 (Note: Titles may appear in more than one                                                             
 genre.)                                                                                               
                                                  Digital Albums: (000`s)    2008     2007     % Chg.  
                                                  Current                    1,974    1,125    75%     
                                                  Catalog                    1,387    864      61%     
                                                  Deep Catalog               977      526      86%     
                                                                                                       


 2008 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE (12/31/07 - 12/28/08)                                       
 (reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub-distributed companies)                     
                                                                                                           
 TOTAL ALBUMS (Catalog & Current   CURRENT ALBUMS                     CATALOG ALBUMS                   
 Titles)                                                                                               
            2008     2007                 2008      2007                 2008      2007    
 UMG        38.72    38.17%    UMG        39.39%    38.85%    UMG        37.44%    37.14%  
 SONYBMG    19.32    20.20%    SONYBMG    18.33%    19.85%    SONYBMG    21.24%    20.73%  
 WMG        14.27    13.76%    WMG        14.24%    13.27%    WMG        14.33%    14.50%  
 EMI        10.26    9.45%     EMI        9.59%     8.17%     EMI        11.53%    11.37%  
 OTHERS     17.43    18.42%    OTHERS     18.46%    19.85%    OTHERS     15.46%    16.26%  
                                                                                           


 DIGITAL ALBUMS                     DIGITAL TRACKS                   
                                                             
            2008      2007                 2008      2007    
 UMG        34.20%    33.57%    UMG        32.80%    34.33%  
 SONYBMG    16.16%    17.67%    SONYBMG    19.83%    20.65%  
 WMG        16.40%    16.00%    WMG        22.60%    20.64%  
 EMI        13.29%    13.14%    EMI        9.07%     9.19%   
 OTHERS     19.94%    19.62%    OTHERS     15.70%    15.18%  
                                                             


 2008 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS                                        2008 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS            
 (12/31/2007-12/28/2008)                                            (based on Album sales from 12/31/2007   
                                                                    -12/28/2008)                            
                                                                                                            
        Title/Artist                              Units Sold           Artist           Units Sold  
 1      Black Ice/ AC/DC                          341,000       1      AC/DC            557,000     
 2      Viva La Vida/ Coldplay                    334,000       2      Coldplay         418,000     
 3      Death Magnetic/ Metallica                 265,000       3      Metallica        404,000     
 4      Dark Horse/ Nickelback                    216,000       4      Nickelback       279,000     
 5      Sleep Through the Static/ Jack Johnson    193,000       5      Jack Johnson     254,000     
 6      Soundtrack/ Mamma Mia                     169,000       6      Celine Dion      234,000     
 7      Hard Candy/ Madonna                       169,000       7      Taylor Swift     233,000     
 8      Promise/ Il Divo                          162,000       8      Guns N` Roses    221,000     
 9      Circus/ Britney Spears                    143,000       9      Madonna          215,000     
 10.    Rock N Roll Jesus/ Kid Rock               143,000       10.    Il Divo          214,000     
                                                                                                    


 2008 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL TRACKS                                    2008 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL SONGS                              
 (12/31/2007-12/28/2008)                                                (combines all versions of the same Song: 12/31/2007-12/28/2008) 
                                                                                                                                        
        Title/Artist                                  Units Sold          Title/Artist                              Units Sold  
 1      Just Dance/ Lady Gaga, Colby O`Donis          168,000       1     Just Dance/ Lady Gaga, Colby O`Donis      174,000     
 2      Low (Album Version)/ Flo Rida feat. T-Pain    159,000       2     Low/ Flo Rida feat. T-Pain                161,000     
 3      Disturbia/ Rihanna                            145,000       3     I Kissed A Girl/ Katy Perry               159,000     
 4      4 Minutes/ Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake    137,000       4     Disturbia/ Rihanna                        148,000     
 5      I Kissed A Girl/ Katy Perry                   135,000       5     4 Minutes/ Madonna feat. Justin Timber    143,000     
 6      So What/ Pink                                 132,000       6     Hot N Cold/ Katy Perry                    140,000     
 7      Hot N Cold/ Katy Perry                        131,000       7     So What/ Pink                             136,000     
 8      Bleeding Love/ Leona Lewis                    129,000       8     Bleeding Love/ Leona Lewis                132,000     
 9      When I Grow Up/ The Pussycat Dolls            119,000       9     Viva La Vida/ Coldplay                    122,000     
 10.    Poker Face/ Lady Gaga                         109,000       10    When I Grow Up/ The Pussycat Dolls        120,000     
                                                                                                                                


 2008 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ALBUMS                                2008 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ARTISTS     
 (12/31/07 - 12/28/2008)                                            (based on digital track sales from       
                                                                    12/31/2007-12/28/2008)                   
                                                                                                             
        Title/Artist                              Units Sold           Artist            Units Sold  
 1      Viva La Vida/ Coldplay                    46,700        1      Rihanna           478,000     
 2      Sleep Through the Static/ Jack Johnson    18,600        2      Britney Spears    359,000     
 3      Soundtrack/ Juno                          17,700        3      Madonna           319,000     
 4      Hard Candy/ Madonna                       14,900        4      Katy Perry        317,000     
 5      Death Magnetic/ Metallica                 12,600        5      Lady Gaga         315,000     
 6      Only By the Night/ Kings of Leon          11,200        6      Coldplay          297,000     
 7      In Rainbows/ Radiohead                    10,700        7      Flo Rida          280,000     
 8      Bring Me Your Love/ City and Colour       10,400        8      Kany West         278,000     
 9      Circus/ Britney Spears                    10,100        9      Chris Brown       237,000     
 10.    Reminder/ Feist                           9,700         10.    Nickelback        236,000     
                                                                                                     


TOP SELLERS IN SOUNDSCAN ERA:

 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA                        TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA  
 (1995 - 12/28/2008)                                            (1995 - 12/28/2008)                       
                                                                                                          
        Title/Artist                          Units Sold           Artist             Units Sold  
 1      Come On Over/ Shania Twain            1,923,000     1      Celine Dion        7,027,000   
 2      Let`s Talk About Love/ Celine Dion    1,489,000     2      Shania Twain       4,225,000   
 3      Big Shiny Tunes 2/ Various Artists    1,233,000     3      Backstreet Boys    4,100,000   
 4      Romanza/ Andrea Bocelli               1,120,000     4      U2                 3,403,000   
 5      Up!/ Shania Twain                     1,090,000     5      Sarah McLachlan    3,143,000   
 6      Aquarium/ Aqua                        1,084,000     6      Beatles            2,964,000   
 7      Beatles 1/ Beatles                    1,081,000     7      Eminem             2,926,000   
 8      Surfacing/ Sarah McLachlan            1,075,000     8      Andrea Bocelli     2,770,000   
 9      Millennium/ Backstreet Boys           1,073,000     9      Britney Spears     2,696,000   
 10.    Backstreet`s Back/ Backstreet Boys    1,048,000     10.    Metallica          2,669,000   
                                                                                                  


 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL SONGS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA                          TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ALBUMS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA                  
 (2/13/2005 - 12/28/2008)                                                (2/13/2005 - 12/28/2008)                                         
                                                                                                                                          
        Title/Artist                                   Units Sold           Title/Artist                              Units Sold  
 1      Apologize/ Timbaland feat. OneRepublic         176,000       1      Viva La Vida/ Coldplay                    46,700      
 2      Low/ Flo Rida feat. T-Pain                     175,000       2      Reminder/ Feist                           26,700      
 3      Just Dance/ Lady Gaga, Colby O`Donis           174,000       3      Back to Black/ Amy Winehouse              19,900      
 4      I Kissed A Girl/ Katy Perry                    159,000       4      Soundtrack/ Juno                          18,700      
 5      Stronger/ Kanye West                           152,000       5      Sleep Through the Static/ Jack Johnson    18,600      
 6      Disturbia/ Rihanna                             148,000       6      Good Girl Gone Bad/ Rihanna               16,200      
 7      Don`t Stop the Music/ Rihanna                  146,000       7      Futuresex/Loveā€¦/Justin Timberlake         15,100      
 8      4 Minutes/ Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake     143,000       8      Hard Candy/ Madonna                       14,900      
 9      Hot N Cold/ Katy Perry                         140,000       9      Wintersong/ Sarah McLachlan               14,800      
 10.    Way I Are/ Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & Jo    139,000       10.    In Between Dreams/ Jack Johnson           14,700      
                                                                                                                                  


2008 Year End Factoids:

* Overall Album sales (including Albums and Track Equivalent Album sales)
declined 8.5% compared to 2007, which shows that the digital growth did not
offset the decline in physical sales during the year. 
* Total album sales declined 14% compared to 2007. 
* 42% of all albums purchased were at a Mass Merchant/Non Traditional outlets
compared to 37% in 2007 and 34% in 2006. 
* Retail (Chain/Indy) music stores accounted for 58% of all album sales,
compared to 63% in 2007 and 66% in 2006.

Best Seller Factoids:

* AC/DC`s Black Ice is the biggest selling album of the year with 341,000 sales.

* AC/DC is the biggest selling artist with album sales of 557,000 in 2008.

* Note that the top 4 selling artists for the year were all groups. The first
best selling "solo artist" was Jack Johnson at #5 with 254,000 album sales.

* Rihanna was the biggest selling digital artist with digital track sales
surpassing 475,000 in 2008.

* Note that the top 5 biggest selling digital artists are all female solo
artists.

* Consistent with the past two years, the top two selling artists in Canada
during the Nielsen SoundScan era are both native Canadians; Celine Dion (7
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 Nielsen 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.

Digital Factoids:

* More than 40 million digital tracks were purchased in 2008; an increase of
nearly 60% over 2007 compared to a 73% increase in 2007 over 2006. 
* The top 200 tracks accounted for 19% of all track purchases in 2008; 7.7
million sales compared to 4.7 million sales in 2007. 
* Digital album sales increased nearly 70% compared to 2007 with sales of 3.4
million compared to 2 million in 2007 and represented 10% of total album sales
in 2008. In 2007 digital album sales increased 93% compared to 2006. 
* In the final reporting week of 2008 the following digital sales records were
broken:

* Digital track sales surpassed 1.8 million. The previous sales record was 1.2
million, week of 12/23 -12/30/07. 
* Digital album sales this week broke the 100,000 mark for the first time with
album sales of 142,000; breaking the previous record of 99,500 digital album
sales (11/30/08). 
* Lady Gaga`s Just Dance is the first digital song to break the 20,000 sales
mark for one week; with sales of 27,000. The previous record was Madonna`s 4
Minutes which sold 18,285 earlier this year (3/30/08). 
* The top 100 digital songs for the week posted an all-time high with 457,000
sales; breaking the previous record of 262,000 during the last week of 2007.

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 2008.

 Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Most Played Songs                                  Nielsen BDS:Top 10 Artist Airplay         
                                                                                                                  
        Title/Artist                                  Detections           Artist             Detections  
 1      Bleeding Love/ Leona Lewis                    45,000        1      Rihanna            91,000      
 2      All Summer Long/ Kid Rock                     42,000        2      Hedley *           88,000      
 3      Love Song/ Sara Bareilles                     38,000        3      Avril Lavigne *    86,000      
 4      Apologize/ Timbaland feat. OneRepublic        36,000        4      Bryan Adams *      83,000      
 5      No One/ Alicia Keys                           35,000        5      Nickelback *       81,000      
 6      Viva La Vida/ Coldplay                        35,000        6      Paul Brandt *      76,000      
 7      Pocketful of Sunshine/ Natasha Bedingfield    33,000        7      Finger Eleven *    75,000      
 8      Don`t Call Me Baby/ Kreesha Turner *          31,000        8      Alan Jackson       75,000      
 9      For the Nights I Can`t Remember/ Hedley *     31,000        9      Toby Keith         74,000      
 10.    4 Minutes/ Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake    31,000        10.    Rascal Flatts      70,000      
                                                                                                          


 Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Music Video Airplay                              
                                                                  
        Title/Artist                                  Detections  
 1      Never Too Late/ Hedley *                      1,300       
 2      4 Minutes/ Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake    1,200       
 3      Ready, Set, Go!/ Tokio Hotel                  1,200       
 4      Take A Bow/ Rihanna                           1,100       
 5      Feedback/ Janet                               1,000       
 6      Love In This Club/ Usher feat. Young Jeezy    1,000       
 7      I Kissed A Girl/ Katy Perry                   1,000       
 8      Low/ Flo Rida feat. T-Pain                    900         
 9      Piece Of Me/ Britney Spears                   900         
 10.    No Air/ Jordin Sparks Duet w/ Chris Brown     900         
                                                                  
 *= meets Canadian Content Criteria                                   


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Larry Solters, Anna Loynes
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