Welcome to the Nielsen Music Year-End Report, which examines the trends that shaped the Canadian music industry in 2017 with definitive consumption figures and charts.
Overall consumption of albums, songs and On-Demand Audio streaming grew 13.6% year-over- year. On-Demand Audio streaming o set decreases in track and album sales and, on December 3, for the first time in history, it surpassed the 900 million per week mark.
Ed Sheeran led all artists in Canada with overall consumption and had the top-selling album of the year.
Six Canadians had No. 1 albums on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart in 2017, including The Weeknd’s Starboy, Drake’s More Life, Arcade Fire’s Everything Now, Shania Twain’s Now, Pierre Lapointe’s La Science Du Coeur and Gord Downie’s Introduce Yerself.
The passing of Gord Downie captured the nation’s attention. In the week following his death, The Tragically Hip’s overall consumption increased by 1,000% over the previous week. Also, six of the group’s albums re-entered the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Other Canadian artists we lost in 2017 included Kenny Shields of Streetheart and Patrick Bourgeois of Les BB. R&B/Hip-Hop was Canada’s fastest-growing music genre of the year, with an 86% increase in On-Demand Audio streaming consumption over 2016. The genre introduced us to new Canadian acts Daniel Caesar and Nav. Overall, seven of the year’s 10 most-streamed artists in Canada came from the R&B/Hip-Hop genre.
Collaborations ruled the charts this year, with artists like Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, DJ Khaled & Justin Bieber, Zedd & Alessia Cara, Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé, The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, Kygo & Selena Gomez and Marshmello & Khalid teaming up to make hits.
Old music and formats also had a renaissance at retail this year with vinyl posting its seventh consecutive year of sales growth. Catalogue titles represented 59% of vinyl album sales in 2017, the highest percentage to date.