Slightly off topic, but I get a daily e-mail from Alan Cross, check this out, ouch:
Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 23 May 2014
I’m a bit late again, but this time my excuse is that I’m on the other side of the International Date Line this week, which means I have no idea what day it is.
Let’s start in Canada where year-to-date album sales are now down 7% from 2013, which marks and improvement from where things were last week. CD sales continue to suck (as they will for the rest of their existence), down 8% from last year. Digital albums are behind by by 8% and digital tracks are soft by 12%.
So with digital sales even down so much, it means that either more people are finding ways to steal it, or they are using streaming random play services (where the artist makes between 1/2 of one cent and 8/10 of one cent each time you hear it) or a subscription service where the artist makes a bit more.
It's amazing how fast things are changing,
The US numbers are worse, where they have access to more streaming services than we do:
Looking on the US side of the border, year-to-date album sales are down 16% from this point last year, as are digital album sale. Digital tracks are down by 12% from 2013.