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July 17, 2018 Charts: “In My Feelings” Is #1

A full decade ago, July 17, 2008, the number one song in Canada was Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”, while Kardinal Offishall was tops for CanCon thanks to “Dangerous” (#3). Coldplay had the biggest album, “Viva la Vida…” and Canadian gypsy jazz group The Lost Fingers was at #7 with Lost in the 80s. King at the box office was Hellboy II, but The Dark Knight was about to open. July 2008 was a fairly uneventful month both within and without the country. On the 21st, following a 12-year manhunt, Radovan Karadžić was arrested in Serbia on allegations of war crimes.

Returning 10 years to the present, Drake is perched on top of the Hot 100, but this week it is with “In My Feelings” which replaces his “Nonstop” from last week. “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando is at #4. Alessia Cara’s “Growing Pains” vaults up to #48. The biggest surprise on the Hot 100 is the appearance of a Franco track which we haven’t seen for a while. It is “Toutes Les Femmes Savent Danser” from Montreal rapper Loud which squeaks in at #100. Drake’s Scorpion spends its second week at the zenith of the Albums chart. The Launch spawned supersingle “Ain’t Easy” from Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine strikes #1 at AC radio.

Early July 2018 Releases: Cowboy Junkies, Jessicka, The Lovelocks

There were only a few releases last week, so we’ve combined them with this week’s. Before we get to them, some news.

As most of you have heard by now, Justin Bieber is engaged. The lucky lady is Hailey Baldwin. Which of the Baldwin brothers is her father you may ask? That would be Stephen. We hope the transition from soul mates to spouses, often a treacherous path for celebrities, is a smooth one.

Excitement is attempting to flare up en route to this year’s Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs), still a thing despite major funding cuts to Canadian music video makers and the mutations of the Much Music channel itself. You will have to wait a while for this year’s shindig which doesn’t go down until August 26. Alessia Cara is a locked in performer in addition to international artists Halsey (US) and Marshmello (US) ft. Anne-Marie (UK).

Shawn Mendes performed onstage for SiriusXM Live at The Roxy Theatre on July 13, 2018 in West Hollywood, California, USA. And guess who he bumped into?

mendes lavigne

As we mentioned previously, nominations are out of the bag for 2018’s CCMAs recognizing the best in English-language country music in Canada. Alberta’s Brett Kissel and Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke lead the pack with six nods each. Hosted by Shania Twain in Hamilton, the September 9 gala will feature performances by Dallas Smith, High Valley, Keith Urban, Lindsay Ell, Mason Ramsey, and Terri Clark. You can vote for the Fan Choice Award here: https://www.ccmafanvote.com/.

This week sees the release of country EP 20 Dollars in My Pocket from The Lovelocks. The title track is easily one of the catchiest country pop songs of the year. Eric Ethridge launched a popular country EP last week, a self-titled effort. For those of you who like the more traditional country, Thomas Stajcer contributed LP Will I Learn to Love Again? last week.

Vancouver’s Jessicka gifts the world with choice alternatives on EP Happy Place. Along similar avenues, Metric serves its latest single, the gritty “Dark Saturday”. Deadmau5 poofs out of the blue to drop the smooth EDM sparkler “Monophobia”.

As far as the full-lengths go, the highest profile release is certainly All That Reckoning from celebrated roots outfit Cowboy Junkies.

Find selected Canadian artist releases below from the past two weeks. We are now at over 300 LPs this year.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Goosebump Goosebump Alternative
Will I Learn to Love Again? Thomas Stajcer Country
All That Reckoning Cowboy Junkies Roots
Death Lust Chastity Alt Rock
In Our Time AHI S-S/Folk
Pain & Pleasure Black Atlass R&B
Reckless Ways Alex Brown/Hepcats Rock-a-billy
Reels d’en premier  Johnny Comeau  Folk
Sous la capuche  BRH Rap
Spring Patterns 1 Jamison Isaak Ambient
Dimmed In My Display (EP) Vallens Alternative
Eric Ethridge (EP) Eric Ethridge Country
Hounds (EP) Lié Punk
Magic (EP) Colin Weeks AC
Happy Place (EP) Jessicka Alternative
20 Dollars in My Pocket (EP) The Lovelocks Country
La Zayte (EP) FouKi Rap

Country Music Association Announces 2018 Award Nominees

Nominations for the 2018 CCMA Awards have been announced. This year’s gala will take place September 9 in Hamilton and is to be hosted by double-diamond megastar Shania Twain. There is marked improvement in the slate of potential female winners this year.

The 10 nominees for this year’s Fans’ choice award include two female artists which is … two more than last year. They are Jess Moskaluke and Shania Twain.

Three of the five Album of the Year nominees are from women: Jess Moskaluke, Lindsay Ell, and Meghan Patrick! Meghan and Jess are also up for Single of the Year and Video of the Year. View the nominations below. For musician and radio nominations, visit the CCMA website here.

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
High Valley
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Jess Moskaluke
Dallas Smith
Shania Twain

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Past The Past – Jess Moskaluke
The Project – Lindsay Ell
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Shania Twain

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Washboard Union
Donovan Woods

RISING STAR

Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
Hunter Brothers
Leaving Thomas
The Reklaws

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Chills – James Barker Band
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Lonely Drum – Aaron Goodvin
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The Bad Guy – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Hometown Kids – The Reklaws
Sky Stays This Blue – Dallas Smith
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Dean Brody, Matt Rovey
Song: 8th Day (Performed By: Dean Brody)
Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover
Song: Country Music Made Me Do It (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)
Zach Abend, Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke
Song: Drive Me Away (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: It’s Working (Performed By: James Barker Band)
Alexander Black, Aaron Goodvin, Cathy Gravitt
Song: Lonely Drum (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Tenille Arts
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Leaving Thomas
Nice Horse

July 10, 2018 Charts: Drake’s Scorpion Stings Like Nobody’s Business

The Billboard Canadian Hot 100 published its first chart at the spring equinox of 2007. It was a time that saw the film 300 on top of the box office. Statistics Canada had just announced that, for the first time in history, the three territories had officially surpassed a combined population of 100,000, via 2006 census data. Canadian artists held the top 3 spots on the Albums chart. Neil Young was #1 with his Live at Massey Hall 1971, Arcade Fire #2 with Neon Bible, and at #3 was Finger Eleven’s Them Vs. You Vs. Me. On that very first Hot 100 chart were a total of 33 Canadian artist songs, one-third of the chart, from 25 domestic artists (six authoring more than one entry). In those days, radio airplay was the dominant factor in determining the chart with digital downloads (a relatively new phenomenon) and the fading CD single holding a lesser sway. The #1 song on that chart was “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne.

Times have changed.

Fast forwarding to July 10, 2018, tops at the cinemas is Ant-Man and the Wasp. Greyhound has announced shutting down operations in western Canada; apparently ticket sales have plummeted since the horrific incident in 2008 which we will not get into. The number one album in the land is Scorpion by Drake. Not yet available in physical format, streaming and digital downloads are the key determiners, and, as tracks from the album fare better on the Hot 100 than on the Digital chart, one can assume that the weighting falls mostly on the side of streaming for the former chart. Do record labels have warehouses filled with devices that stream albums 24/7 to drive up the numbers? Conspiracy theorists of the world unite!

Scorpion achieves 70,000 consumption units, the highest one-week total for an album so far in 2018. It breaks the record for a one-week streaming total at 70 million. Six of its tracks make the Top 50 on the Digital chart with only one in the Top 10 – “Don’t Matter to Me” featuring the late Michael Jackson. It’s a song that came to Drake by way of the founding father of Canadian rock and roll, Paul Anka. With the release of the album, Drake authors or is featured in a total of 27 entries on the Hot 100, 22 of which made the Top 40, and six the Top 10. “Non Stop” is the biggest song in the country, “Nice For What” #3, “Don’t Matter to Me” #4, “God’s Plan” #6, “I’m Upset” #7, and “In My Feelings” #9. Drake has broken a number of chart records in the United States, with the American Hot 100 dating back much further than the Canadian one.

Does the much stronger performance on the Hot 100 than the Digital chart suggest that, although people felt inclined to stream the album, plugged heavily by the media, few felt it, or its tracks, were good enough to purchase? Perhaps some are waiting for its release on CD.

Returning to our initial review of the first Canadian Hot 100 chart in the spring of 2007 with 25 Canadian artists populating, we can compare that to this week’s chart with only six artists. In just over a decade, there are no artists in common.

Canada Day 2018 Releases: Drake, Diversion…

New releases are light this week, so you will have less to choose from in picking a theme album for your Canada Day weekend: four LPs and two EPs. Better Human is a really good singer-songwriter album from Ben Kunder. Besides penning some dapper tunes, he doesn’t shy away from adding some progressive touches here and there. For those who like things extremely progressive, Connection, the debut from Diversion – four years in the making – is, for lack of a better description, a shoe-in for frontrunning EDM album of the year. Besides amazing atmospheric pieces – some upbeat and others downtempo – he recruits some dazzling vocalists to add that extra charm. What a winner!

Swinging to the opposite end of the spectrum, hearty sing-along folk songs, in a traditional style, are very nicely done by Claude Cormier on the frolicking Garde ton accent. The fourth LP in the new releases batch is the one that is no doubt attracting all the media attention, the latest from Drake. Scorpion is released only on digital at this point. It’s a double album, the first “side” more rappy and the second more R&B-ish. Paul Anka assisted him in re-crafting an unreleased Michael Jackson song. Besides the late king of US pop, album guests include Jay-Z.

Find fine folk-rock on EP I Won’t Forget You by Steph Morin. And find the latest from JUNO winning rapper Classified, Tomorrow Could Be. Featured on this extended play disc is Anjulie.

June 26, 2018 Charts: Alessia Cara’s Growing Pains Debuts on Hot 100

A quarter century ago, June 26, 1993, typhoon Koryn was wreaking havoc on China and The Philippines. Canada received its first female Prime Minister whose initials had something to do with The Sunshine Band. To some, 25 years ago seems like yesterday, especially upon mentioning that Rod Stewart’s live record Unplugged … and Seated ruled the Albums Chart. As far as the singles went, Janet Jackson was tops with “That’s the Way Love Goes”. Sven Gali had the number one CanCon with the grammatically incorrect “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” (#9). Smashing box office records, the original Jurassic Park was king of the movies.

Fast forwarding to June 26, 2018, following the murder of US rapper, XXXTentacion, his album titled with a lone question mark, i.e. ?, vaults to the zenith of the Albums chart, and no Canadian artist album debuts in the top 25 this week.

“Growing Pains” by Alessia Cara debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at #60. Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” spends its third week at the summit despite its debuting (#24) just this week at All-Format Airplay. “Born to Be Yours” by Norway’s Kygo and the USA’s Imagine Dragons debuts at #1 on Hot Digital Songs.

Top CanCon on the various radio formats are as follows:

CHR – “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando (#1)
ROCK – “T-Shirt” by The Beaches (#1)
COUNTRY – “One Drink Ago” by Dallas Smith & Terri Clark (#3)
AC – “Ain’t Easy” by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine (#2)
HOT AC – “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando (#3)
FRANCO (Quebec Only) – “Empire” by Marie-Mai
ALL FORMAT – “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando (#2)

Carly Rae Jepsen Performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Fun fact: On June 25, 1967, 400 million viewers from around the globe tuned in to watch Our World, the first live, international, satellite television production in history. It featured the live debut of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”. Among millions around the world who were born on that day, one, now celebrating his 51st birthday, boarded the SkyTrain from Metrotown station with his wife, and the two headed to the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver. Those were just two who attended a very special event: multiplatinum pop superstar Carly Rae Jepsen performing with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO). Both are JUNO Award winners.

Working mainly with material from her Polaris short-listed album Emotion, Chris Mayo arranged the pieces for a full symphony orchestra. Carly had previously performed with the Toronto and Indianapolis Symphonies. Lucas Waldin was to conduct the VSO for Jepsen’s third symphonic collaboration.

The theatre filled to capacity, the lights dimmed, and the conductor emerged. Following an orchestral intro, Waldin asked the crowd to welcome a first-time performer with the symphony – Carly Rae Jepsen. When she appeared on stage, the crowd went nuts. All dolled up in a beautiful black and gold dress, and blonde locks, Carly belted out the words to “Run Away with Me” and followed it up with three more tracks from her critically acclaimed album. The arrangements were beefed up with strong drum beats and some fine guitar work from her right-hand man, Tavish Crowe. After the set, Jepsen announced she would take a break and allow the symphony to perform a piece of classical music, Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”. The conductor said it was Carly who had chosen it.

Jepsen re-emerged to offer two more tracks but this time in a lighter string quartet arrangement, and then, as is traditional with orchestral performances, a 20-minute intermission ensued.

A second classical piece was delivered beautifully by the orchestra, again chosen by Carly, Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Jepsen re-emerged with a short fluffy bright red dress to begin her second set. The crowd was fairly even in terms of males and females, mostly millennials with some members of generation X and a few iGens and boomers. All in all, a nice mixture of ages. Apparently, some had travelled from other cities to be there.

Of the dozen or so songs Carly performed through the evening, one had the crowd cheer so loudly, it’s a wonder that the roof wasn’t blown off the theatre, and that song was “Cut to the Feeling”. By this time, all were on their feet swinging and dancing away. Carly had joked that all should feel free to stand up and boogie but teased she may respond by performing a ballad. She finished the final set with “Call Me Maybe” which had everyone singing along. She exited, and, of course, returned for an encore. The evening was capped off with her performance of gold single “I Really Like You”.

Afterwards, Carly Rae Jepsen commented, “A night I shall not soon forget!! Thanks to all who made it possible! @vsorchestra @tavishcrowe @lucaswaldin @Cjsmayo and every single heart in the Orpheum tonight!”

June 22, 2018 Releases: Barber, Hicks, Yukon Blonde…

A baker’s dozen new maple-glazed discs hit the shelves this week: 12 LPs and an EP. Bravestation has managed to create a very impressive album of feel-good new wave entitled Goddess. Triple JUNO nominee Jill Barber contributes singer-songwriter extravaganza Metaphora. Also a three-time nominee at the JUNOs, hot country quick-draw Tim Hicks surfs up a sailor’s mark, New Tattoo; it includes a track featuring the sizzling Lindsay Ell. And if all that isn’t enough, BC’s JUNO nominated Yukon Blonde scores a Critical Hit, another new wavy album this week. Find these and more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Blues on the Brain Frankie & Jimmy Blues
Critical Hit Yukon Blonde Alternative
Emperor Twilight The Autumn Stones Alternative
Goddess Bravestation Alternative
Have a New Name Wax Mannequin S-S/Folk
Metaphora Jill Barber S-S/Folk
New Tattoo Tim Hicks Country
Seeing Green Dumb Punk
Shadowlands Matt Epp S-S/Folk
Take Me Sean Jones R&B
The Becoming Isla Craig Alternative
Un dernier shooter Sir Pathetik Pop
Sweet Nothing (EP) Summerteeth Punk

Summer Solstice 2018 Charts: Loud Luxury Is #5

It was the start of summer 1978 only 40 years ago. Comic strip Garfield was brought into being. Heartbreak permeated youth culture as both The Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman television series had recently been cancelled airing their final episodes. Cinema didn’t offer much of an alternative, as poorly received sequel Jaws 2 ruled the box office. The music at the time however was uninterruptedly excellent. The top album was the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, and the late, great, somewhat forgotten Andy Gibb scored #1 hit “Shadow Dancing”.

Fast forwarding to the summer solstice of 2018, “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando has achieved a new peak position on the Billboard Hot 100. The EDM charmer by the Canadian outfit now stands at #5. It is the new artist success story of the year, curiously overlooked by Canadian media which seems intent instead on hyping new artists that few seem to like. “Body” is #1 at Hot 100 Airplay, #1 at CHR/Top 40 Radio, and #5 at Hot Digital. Here’s an impressive stat from Nielsen music regarding the players: “They are the first Canadian act to top the CHR chart with their first charted song since Avril Lavigne’s ‘Complicated’ in 2002.”

Alessia Cara‘s “Growing Pains” and Delaney Jane‘s “Feel Good” enter the CHR Airplay chart at #33 and #35 respectively. It is Cara’s highest debut position to date on the radio format. Returning to #1 at Rock Radio is “T-Shirt” by The Beaches. Gord Bamford‘s “Dive Bar” dives into Country Airplay at #43.

June 15, 2018 Releases: Alyssa Reid, Chromeo…

Talented star Alyssa Reid, Edmonton-born, Brampton-raised, follows up her acclaimed acoustic album Phoenix from 2015 with pop EP Burnout, a smashing disc. The JUNO nominee has placed seven songs on the Hot 100 (including two as a featured artist). Among them all is the delicious “Satisfaction Guaranteed”.

Four years ago, “Jealous” by Chromeo was at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Quebec dance-funk duo returns with album Head Over Heels. It features celebrated fretless bassist Pino Palladino who has done work with Gary Numan, Tears for Fears, and many others. Chromeo has received four JUNO nominations to date. The new album is splendid.

Don’t underestimate the self-released albums this week; they are impressive to say the least. Below is a table of this week’s Canadian artist releases. After that is the lyric video for Alessia Cara‘s highly anticipated new single, “Growing Pains”. Enjoy.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Atlas Bears in Hazenmore Alternative
Brianology Brian Gladstone S-S/Folk
Golden Hour Quote the Raven S-S/Folk
Good Place to Start Drew Gregory Country
Head Over Heels Chromeo Dance
Keeping Time The Ennis Sisters S-S/Folk
Old Stock Ben Caplan S-S/Folk
Queen City Jubilee The Slocan Ramblers S-S/Folk
Screamo Sean Nicholas Savage Alternative
Wolves! Cried the Maid Oxlip S-S/Folk
Burnout (EP) Alyssa Reid Pop
Homemade (EP) Matthew Chaim Pop
J’espere que tu vas mieux (EP) Ariane Zita S-S/Folk
Meditations I (EP) Foxtrott Alternative
Scout (EP) Calpurnia Alternative

Polaris Music Prize Unveils 40 Long Listed Albums

The folks over at the Polaris Music Prize have unveiled their 2017-18 Long List of “nominees” which consists of 40 albums in contention. A jury of 203 whittled down 225 discs to reach the batch of 40. The next stage will be paring down this list to the so-called Short List of 10 on July 17. The winner, announced September 17, will receive a cash prize of $50,000 at a gala in Toronto’s The Carlu. The nine runners-up will receive $3,000 each.

No pop, jazz, dance, or country albums made this year’s Long List which includes albums from artists who are not Canadian citizens and a couple of EPs. The broad alternative genre accounts for 15 of the 40. The split between 2017 and 2018 releases is 22 and 18 respectively. Ontarians make up half of the batch with Quebeckers at 11. Half of the nominees have received JUNO nods with six winning a trophy and 14 nominated but not yet winning one. There are 13 male soloists, 11 female, 11 groups, and 5 duos.

Understanding what tickles the fancy of the Polaris collective, we would say that Jeremy Dutcher’s remarkable Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa is the heavy favourite on the conduit to the prize.

Below is the Long List.

Nightshade, allie
Antisocialites, Alvvays
Everything Now, Arcade Fire
Earthtone, Bahamas
Queens of the Breakers, The Barr Brothers
Puff: In the Air…, Bernice
Lush Life, Bonjay
Weekend Rocker, Booji Boys
Cadence Weapon, Cadence Weapon
Stone Woman, Charlotte Day Wilson
Lil Mont from The Ave, Clairmont the Second
Freudian, Daniel Caesar
Both Ways, Donovan Woods
Try, Faith Healer
Basic Behaviour, Frigs
Introduce Yerself, Gord Downie
Darlène, Hubert Lenoir
The Fight Within, Iskwé
Dans ma main, Jean-Michel Blais
Angels of Death, Jennifer Castle
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, Jeremy Dutcher
The Siren’s Song, Kacy & Clayton
Une année record , Loud
Premier Juin, Lydia Kepinski
Radyo Siwèl, Mélissa Laveaux
Deception Bay, Milk & Bone
In Search of Lost Time, Partner
Le silence des troupeaux, Philippe Brach
Makanda…, Pierre Kwenders
La Science du coeur, Pierre Lapointe
Victory Lap, Propagandhi
12, Sloan
The Average Savage , Snotty Nose Rez Kids
New Mistakes, Terra Lightfoot
In A Poem Unlimited, U. S. Girls
Part-Time Woman, Vivek Shraya & QSO
The Weather Station, The Weather Station
Wide Open, Weaves
Dirt, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
The Secret Life of Planets, Zaki Ibrahim

The Charts June 12, 2018

On this day 20 years ago, i.e. June 12, 1998, the FIFA World Cup was underway in France. On its own turf that country defeated Brazil 3-0 to take the prize. Tops at the box office was Peter Weir’s sci-fi satire The Truman Show starring Canadian actor Jim Carrey. The best-selling album was various artists compilation Now3 with tracks from Aqua, Great Big Sea, Jewel, and The Verve among others. “The Way” by Fastball, a somewhat forgotten song, crowned the singles chart, while Sarah McLachlan owned the top Canadian entry “Adia” at #3.

The best-selling album this week, June 12, 2018, is Coeur De Pirate‘s En Cas De Tempête Ce Jardin Sera Fermé, though it settles for 4th place in terms of consumption units which includes track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). It is her fourth straight album to debut in the top five. At the summit of the Top Albums chart is Ye by American rapper Kayne West.

On the Billboard Hot 100, Drake‘s “Nice for What” is bumped to #2 by the new track from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, “Girls Like You”. No new Canadian artist entries appear on the chart this week. Marie-Mai‘s “Empire” slays the Franco airwaves in Quebec.

Excitement abounds, as Alessia Cara will be dropping a new track this Friday entitled “Growing Pains” lifted off her upcoming second studio album. Also out on Friday is the newest album from duo Chromeo, Head Over Heels. In 2014, the outfit’s song “Jealous” made it to #12 on the Hot 100.

June 8, 2018 Releases: MAGIC!, Catlow, Bend Sinister…

The number of weekly album releases is cooling down as we head into summer which is the usual order of business. This week, we have five Canadian artist long plays plus an EP. Perhaps the highest profile release however is a single and MV by the first Canadian band to ever top the British singles chart. Before we get to those, here are some stats.

Number of 2018 Canadian artist studio albums so far (to June 8): 267
Number of 2018 Canadian artist EPs so far (to June 8): 71
Total: 338

Vancouver group Bend Sinister contributes a delightful album called Foolish Games. It’s a combo of progressive rock and power pop. Montreal’s Ragers gets down and rappy on Raw Footage. Toronto singer and songwriter Emilie Mover folkifies the landscape with Night Owl while Mt. Pearl, NL’s Dave Whitty shuffles along similar avenues in Talkin’ Back Fool. For a country-folk-rock extravaganza, check out Romaine from Mack et Ro. We place all our chips on the square owned by Vancouver’s Catlow (alias of Natasha Thirsk) and first-rate EP Main of Nowhere, an alternative pop/rock disc.

MAGIC! with global smash “Rude” became the first Canadian band to top the British singles chart in all history. The outfit has been a favourite of Canadian radio managing to place five additional songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Besides “Rude”, the most successful was “Let Your Hair Down” which peaked at #20 and spent a strong 25 weeks on the chart. Well, the reggae-pop specialists led by Nasri are back with new single “Kiss Me”. We embed the MV below.

June 5, 2018 Charts: Mendes’ 3rd #1 Album, The Beaches #1 at Rock

Thirty years ago this week, Crocodile Dundee II was tops at the box office, probably not the best of sequels. The number one single was “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil, while the top Canadian artist track was “I’m Still Searching” from Glass Tiger at #2. Kick by Australia’s INXS ruled the albums chart.

Fast forward from early June 1988 to early June 2018, and Shawn Mendes enters the albums chart at #1 with his eponymous disc. It earned 32,000 consumption units. This means that all three of the teen star’s albums have debuted at the summit of the chart. Speaking of threes, Shawn Mendes is the third 2018 Canadian artist album to reach #1, the other two being The Weeknd‘s My Dear Melancholy and Tory Lanez’s Memories Don’t Die. Several tracks from the Shawn Mendes album land on the Hot 100.

“Nice for What” by Drake retakes the top spot on the Hot 100 while his latest single “I’m Upset” enters at #13. “Body” by Loud Luxury edges to #5. The presumptuous “What You Want” by Belly & The Weeknd debuts on the chart at #47.

As has been the case for many weeks now, only the top couple of songs in the Emerging Artists chart appear on the Hot 100.

“The Bad Guy” from Meghan Patrick debuts on All-Format Airplay’s Top 50 at #43. Scoring a #1 hit at Rock Radio with “T-Shirt” is all-female rock band The Beaches. New at Country is Brett Kissel‘s “Guitars and Gasoline” (#41), while Scott Helman causes a “Ripple Effect” at AC (#36).

Éric Lapointe continues to dominate Franco albums with gold-certified Délivrance. Loud enjoys hot sales for digital track “Toutes les femmes savent danser”. The top Franco radio hit in Quebec is “Au sommet” by 2Frères.

In terms of Canadian music slaying on the international charts, Drake’s “Nice for What” is #1 in the USA, #2 in the UK, and #5 in Australia. Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood” is #10 down under. His self-titled album debuted at #1 in both the USA and Australia and #3 in the UK. Americans love Drake. Besides the aforementioned “Nice for What”, “God’s Plan” is #3 on the U.S. Hot 100 and “Yes Indeed” with Lil Baby is #6.

What the Stars Are Up To – June 4, 2018 Edition

Céline Dion has confirmed a new batch of shows in her Las Vegas residency from October 30 lasting into January of 2019. Shawn Mendes has a residency of his own – guesting on James Corden all this week. Here are what some of our other stars are up to.

Tegan and Sara Honoured at Governor General Awards

Calgarian identical twin-sister pop duo Tegan and Sara capped off a 20-year music career as recipients of the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. The sisters have opened for superstars such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, performed at the 2015 Academy Awards, collaborated with EDM heavyweights Tiesto and Morgan Page, scored a trio of JUNO awards, and achieved gold/platinum certifications on nine recordings. Following the ceremony, Tegan and Sara were featured on CBC’s The National in an interview with Rosemary Barton. Those medals look smashing. They were pressed at the Canadian Mint.

Drake Ties MJ for U.S. Weeks at #1

According to Gary Trust over at Billboard, Drake has tied Michael Jackson for the second-most weeks at #1 on the U.S. Hot 100 among male soloists. The Torontonian tops the chart for the sixth week with “Nice for What” placing him in a tied position with the so-called “king of pop”. With 37 weeks on top for each of them, the two trail leading male soloist Usher who has 47. In the States, Mariah Carey is the champ, having spent 79 weeks at #1 through various hits. Here is the ranking.

Most Weeks at #1 in U.S. Hot 100’s History:

1. Mariah Carey, 79 weeks
2. Rihanna, 60
3. The Beatles, 59
4. Boyz II Men, 50
5. Usher, 47
6. Beyonce, 42
7. Drake, 37
7. Michael Jackson, 37
9. Elton John, 34
10. Janet Jackson, 33
10. Katy Perry, 33

Grimes Dabbles in K-Pop

Grimes is featured in track “love4eva” by K-pop girl group Loona yyxy. The song appears on recently released EP beauty&thebeat. A music video (now over a million views) has been launched, though it does not see an appearance from the Vancouver native. You can view it here.

Find Jess Moskaluke in Camouflage

Jess Moskaluke has released track “Camouflage” as a single, sending it to country radio. It is off her latest disc, Past the Past and the second most downloaded track by radio this week after Maroon 5!

Victoria Duffield Addresses My Mistake

No, we haven’t made a mistake. “My Mistake” is the name of Victoria Duffield‘s latest single. It’s pop music gold and co-written by fellow British Columbian Tyler Shaw. Have a listen below.