Music Canada has published its year-end report for 2015, and it is full of good news. Gold and platinum certifications are way up for Canadian artists in 2015 with further milestones expected in 2016. As far as albums go, a total of 70 received the gold stamp, 30 of which were from Canadian artists (43%)! In contrast, only 20 Canadian albums went gold in 2014. Reaching the platinum marker through the year were 31 albums, 11 of which were Canadian, up two from the nine in 2014. The only album released in 2015 certified multiplatinum was from a Canadian—Justin Bieber’s Purpose at double platinum. Three of the album’s singles hit the 2x platinum marker as well: “Where Are U Now”, “What Do You Mean”, and “Sorry”. Other Canadian songs at double platinum in 2015 are The Weeknd’s “Earned It” and “The Hills”. Shawn Mendes’ “Life of the Party” released in 2014 reached double platinum sales in 2015. The highest certified Canadian album in 2015 was Bruce Cockburn’s 1993 holiday album, Christmas. It joins Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Josh Groban’s Noel at the highest certified albums of the year level, 6x Platinum.
As far as tracks go, 117 went gold in 2015 including 42 Canadian (36%). This is double the number from 2014 that saw 21 Canadian singles go gold. Nineteen Canadian tracks (up from 10 in 2014) went platinum in 2015 among 76 total. Top certified Canadian tracks were the double platinum works mentioned above. Multiplatinum tracks number at 47, ten of these from Canadians. Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” takes highest honours for the year at 9x platinum.
Taking albums and tracks together, Canadians authored 72 of 187 (39%) gold/platinum works in 2015. Certifications for Canadian works increased 76% (41 to 72) from 2014 to 2015.