Adele, Gotye Top SoundScan Year-End Charts in Canada

The year-end sales and airplay data from Nielsen Soundscan Canada for 2012 (the 52-week period Jan. 2 to Dec. 30) finds Adele sitting at No. 1 for 2012's top-selling albums for "21."

Joining Adele - whose album sold 457,000 units - on the top 10 selling album chart are Taylor Swift for Red (240,000), One Direction (234,000), Mumford & Sons for Babel (212,000), Celine Dion for Sans Attendre (209,000), One Direction for Home (184,000), Justin Bieber for Believe (179,000), various artists for Star Academie 2012 (156,000), Rod Stewart for Merry Christmas Baby (135,000) and Leonard Cohen for Old Ideas (132,000).

Adele's '21' 2012's Best Selling Album in U.S.; Gotye Has Top Song

Following behind Adele - who sold 534,000 albums total in Canada - on the top 10 selling artists chart are One Direction (424,000), Taylor Swift (301,000), Mumford & Sons (289,000), Celine Dion (267,000), Justin Bieber (240,000), Leonard Cohen (194,000), Rihanna (175,000), Black Keys (169,000) and Rod Stewart (165,000).

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" topped both the 2012 top 10 selling digital tracks chart (combining all versions of the song; 598,000 units) and digital songs chart (639,000), followed on each by Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," Fun.'s "We Are Young" and Psy's "Gangnam Style.".
In 2012, total album sales were 31.3 million, down -2% from 2011's 31.9 million.  Overall album sales (including all albums and track equivalent albums) were 42.7 million, up 3.4% from 2011's 41.3 million. Digital track sales were 114.3 million, a change of 21% from 2011's 94.2 million, surpassing the 100 million mark for the first time in Canada. Nielsen SoundScan also reports that the top 200 digital songs accounted for 24% of all song purchases in 2012; 27.9 million in 2012 versus 23.8 million in 2011.

Digital album sales were up 26% to 10.5 million from 2011's 8.3 million and physical album sales came in at 20.6 million, down 12% from 2011's 23.5 million. During the holiday season (Nov. 5 to Dec. 30), 8 million physical and digital albums were sold, down 12.2% from 2011. Digital track sales set a new weekly high with over 4.5 million digital track downloads during the final week of 2012.

The top 10 selling digital albums were Mumford & Sons' Babel (100,000), Adele's 21 (96,000), One Direction's Up All Night (68,000), Taylor Swift (65,000), Of Monsters & Men's My Head Is An Animal (57,000), Black Keys' El Camino (48,000), Fun.'s Some Nights (48,000), Lumineers's Lumineers (47,000), One Direction's Take Me Home (46,000) and P!nk's The Truth About Love (43,000).

Sixty-four 64% of all albums purchased were at mass merchant/non-traditional outlets, compared with 58% in 2011. Digital album sales accounted for 34% of total album sales for the year, compared to 26% in 2011. Retail (chain/indie) music stores accounted for 36% of all album sales, compared to 42% in 2011.

The year-to-date record company market share, including sub-distributed companies, showed UMG leading all charts, followed by SME, WMG, EMI and others. For total albums (catalogue and current titles), UMG was 37%, down from 38.33% in 2011; SME was 20.08%, up from 17.32%; WMG was up to 13.35% from 12.25%, EMI was down slightly to 9.61% from 9.83% and others came in at 19.96%, down from 22.27%. Current albums UMG took 36.25% versus 37.90% in 2011, SME had 20.08%, up from 16.41%; WMG had 12.35%, up from 11.48%; EMI was down slightly at 9.43% from 9.67% and others were down to 21.89% from 24.54%.

Nielsen BDS also released year-end charts for radio in Canada for 2012.  The top 10 most played songs were Goyte's "Somebody That I Used To Know" with 76,000 detections, Carly Rae Jepsen with 75,000, Fun's "We Are Young" with 69,000, Maroon 5's "Payphone" and The Wanted's "Glad You Came" with 68,000, Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" with 66,000, Hedley's "Kiss you Inside Out" with 60,000, Katy Perry's Wide Awake with 58,000, and Maroon 5's "One More Night" and Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain," both with 57,000. The top 10 artist airplay was led by Kety Perry (202,000), Hedley (150,000), Adele (145,000), Kelly Clarkson (135,000), P!nk (131,000), Rihanna (130,000), Taylor Swift (128,000), Carly Rae Jepsen (122,000), Nickelback (120,000) and Bruno Mars (118,000).