Since the debut of the Canadian Billboard Hot 100 in mid-2007, only a trio of Canadian singles have topped the chart … until today. The first was Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”, the second Nikki Yanofsky’s “I Believe”, and the third Young Artists For Haiti’s “Wavin’ Flag”. With the February 3 chart released today, we now have a fourth Canadian single to hold such a distinction: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”.
Wouldn’t it be cool if Avril and Nikki sent their Canadian sister their congratulations.
A “hot shot debut” on the charts is the new collaboration between K’Naan and Nelly Furtado called “Is Anybody Out There?”. As it has started its chart run at the strong position of #67, it is a rap-piece to watch for in the coming weeks.
An American politician has begun using K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” in his campaign without asking K’Naan’s permission. This has deeply offended K’Naan. The politician is involved with something called The Republican Party. The United States has already become a repulbic–long ago–so I’m not sure exactly why the politician wants to wave a flag at this point.