It’s been a while since we listed the best-selling digital singles of all-time in Canada. There have been a few changes. Gold/Platinum Canada has officially certified Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” a 9x Platinum digital download. This makes it the all-time best-selling digital single from a Canadian citizen domestically, as it has surpassed Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” which sits at 8x Platinum. The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” remains the best-selling digital single of all-time in Canada, the only one to attain diamond certification to date. In Canada diamond certification is equivalent to 10x Platinum or 800,000 copies. In all, 14 digital singles have sold in excess of half a million copies in Canada.
Prior to the digital era, Canadians preferred to buy albums rather than singles (be they on vinyl, cassette, or CD). Many radio hits from the past were scarcely available as singles. The best-selling physical single of all-time was Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” which sold 190,000 copies in Canada.
Below is a list of some upcoming Canadian album releases that have come to our attention. This is by no means a complete list. Also bear in mind that release dates often change due to record company strategy. Many of these albums are now available for pre-order via iTunes, HMV, Amazon, and the usual outlets. See if your favourite Canadian artist is releasing an album among these. Are you familiar with all these artists? Which release are you most looking forward to?
|Three Poisons||Elephant Stone||Aug-25|
|Brill Bruisers||The New Pornographers||Aug-25|
|Oxygen: Inhale||Thousand Foot Krutch||Aug-26|
|Rubix (EP)||Stef Lang||Aug-26|
|Nos coeurs ensemble||Alfa Rococo||Sep-02|
|Some Songs||Terri Clark||Sep-02|
|The Physical World||Death From Above 1979||Sep-09|
|Reve americain||Hotel Morphee||Sep-09|
|Ocean at the End||The Tea Party||Sep-09|
|Because of Billie||Molly Johnson||Sep-09|
|We Go Home||Adam Cohen||Sep-15|
|We Loved Her Dearly||Lowell||Sep-16|
|Popular Problems||Leonard Cohen||Sep-22|
|A*Star Is My Name||A*Star||Sep-23|
|27 fois l’aurore||Salomé Leclerc||Sep-23|
|Mended With Gold||Rural Alberta Advantage||Sep-30|
|No One Is Lost||Stars||Oct-14|
|Caffeine and Big Dreams||Kira Isabella||Oct-14|
|Second Sight||Hey Rosetta!||Oct-21|
To those who find States-side R&B a bit overdramatic, compare the works of Canadians who have developed a more refined and elegant style. Few Canucks do it better than Montreal’s Karl Wolf. His culturally rich music brings in various elements and has seen ample success. Wolf’s reworking of Toto’s “Africa” attained triple platinum status. Four additional singles have gone gold. Karl has landed eight songs on the Canadian Hot 100. His latest album is Stereotype which sees him working with Timbaland who previously joined Nelly Furtado on her multiplatinum work, Loose. Karl Wolf’s new album includes recent charting single “Magic Hotel” as well as his latest tune, “Summertime”. There is a nice variety on the disc, all tracks delivered in a perky and energizing spirit. iTunes
A visual presentation of the current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE
Nielsen compiles weekly data on sales and radio airplay of singles and ranks them in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.
RK = Rank. OR = Provincial origin of the artist. PS = Position on the Canadian Hot 100. CG = Change from last week’s position. WC = Weeks on the chart. PP = Peak position. Foreign artist in grey. RE = Re-entry. Most impressive numbers in last columns appear in red.
Note: The date of the chart corresponds to the release of Nielsen Music’s Canadian Update newsletter which is normally 10 days less than on the online Billboard chart.