2016 Gold/Platinum Year-End Review

Ruth B triple platinum


Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum Certification Program has published its 2016 year-end review. The year included the unveiling of the new Single Award which came into effect September 12. It replaces the old digital download and CD Single awards combining physical and digital track sales with on-demand streams at 150 streams equating to 1 unit. Gold remains at 40,000 units and platinum 80,000 units for both singles and albums. Music Canada notes that the very first plaque for the new Single Award was presented to Brett Kissel for his #1 country radio hit “Airwaves”. The new award was launched in conjunction with new logos and branding for the program.


The new guidelines resulted in a significant increase in the total number of track certifications from 2015. The year 2016 witnessed 495 track certifications which is a 75% increase from the 283 track certifications in 2015. Music Canada notes that “119 track certifications were from Canadian artists, a 72% increase from the 69 Canadian track certifications in 2015”.

The track with the highest certification awarded in 2016 was Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” at Diamond (i.e. 10x platinum). At 8x platinum were Adele’s “Someone Like You”, Pharell Williams‘ “Happy”, and Hozier‘s “Take Me To Church”. The highest Canadian track certifications in 2016 for a Canadian artist were “Love Yourself” and “Sorry” both from Justin Bieber reaching 7X Platinum.

In terms of tracks that were released in 2016, the highest certification was given to Sia for “Cheap Thrills” at 7x platinum.


Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum program awarded 75 album certifications in 2016 which is down from 133 in 2015. Of these, 26 were from Canadian artists, down from 51 in 2015.

The album achieving the highest certification in 2016 was Adele’s 25 which made Diamond. Justin Bieber‘s Purpose was the highest certified Canadian artist album at Quadruple Platinum. Music Canada states, “Celine Dion‘s Double Platinum certification for Encore un soir was the highest certification for an album, both international and Canadian, released in 2016″. Drake‘s Views, 2Freres’ Nous autres, and Michael Buble’s Nobody But Me each earned Platinum status.


Certified Albums

Purpose, Justin Bieber, 4x Platinum
Gros Mammoth, Les Trois Accords, 2x Platinum
Endore un Soir, Céline Dion, 2x Platinum
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd, 2x Platinum
Nobody but Me, Michael Bublé, Platinum
Nous autres, 2Frères, Platinum
Handwritten, Shawn Mendes, Platinum
Views, Drake, Platinum
La Voix IV, Various Artists, Platinum
Wallflower, Diana Krall, Platinum
Starboy, The Weeknd, Gold
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen, Gold
Man Machine Poem, Tragically Hip, Gold
Sun Leads Me On, Half Moon Run, Gold
Classics, George Canyon, Gold
Les Grandes artères, Louis-Jean Cormier, Gold
Random Album Title, deadmau5, Gold
For Lack of a Better Name, deadmau5, Gold

Multiplatinum Singles

“Love Yourself”, Justin Bieber, 7x Platinum
“Sorry”, Justin Bieber, 7x Platinum
“What Do You Mean?”, Justin Bieber 6x Platinum
“Anything”, Hedley, 4x Platinum
“Starboy”, The Weeknd, 3x Platinum
“Lost Boy”, Ruth B, 3x Platinum
“Wild Things”, Alessia Cara, 3x Platinum
“Cold Water”, featuring Justin Bieber, 3x Platinum
“Sugar”, featuring Francesco Yates, 3x Platinum
“Here”, Alessia Cara, 3x Platinum
“This Is What It Feels Like”, featuring Trevor Guthrie, 3x Platinum
“2 Heads”, Coleman Hell, 3x Platinum
“Ghosts ‘N’ Stuff”, deadmau5, 3x Platinum
“The Hills”, The Weeknd, 3x Platinum
“Never Be Like You” featuring Kai, 2x Platinum
“Fallout”, Marianas Trench, 2x Platinum
“Haven’t Had Enough”, Marianas Trench, 2x Platinum
“Stutter”, Marianas Trench, 2x Platinum
“Desperate Measures”, Marianas Trench, 2x Platinum
“Crazy for You”, Hedley, 2x Platinum
“Stereo Love”, Mia Martina, 2x Platinum
“Stitches”, Shawn Mendes, 2x Platinum

Platinum Singles

“Scars to Your Beautiful, Alessia Cara, Platinum
“Darlin'”, Johnny Reid, Platinum
“It’s Friday”, Dean Brody, Platinum
“Luv”, Tory Lanez, Platinum
“Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”, Jess Moskaluke, Platinum
“Can I Get a Witness”, SonReal, Platinum
“Jackpot”, Jocelyn Alice, Platinum
“Lose Control”, Hedley, Platinum
“Bungalow”, Scott Helman, Platinum
“Controlla”, Drake, Platinum
“Clothes Off”, Ria Mae, Platinum
“Kiss Goodnight”, Tyler Shaw, Platinum
“Wheat Kings”, Tragically Hip, Platinum
“Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber, Platinum
“Treat You Better”, Shawn Mendes, Platinum
“For Free” featuring Drake, Platinum
“Ahead by a Century”, Tragically Hip, Platinum
“Tsunami”, DVBBS, Platinum
“I Know What You Did Last Summer”, Shawn Mendes, Platinum
“Spirits”, The Strumbellas, Platinum
“One Dance”, Drake, Platinum
“We Are Stars”, Virginia to Vegas ft. Alyssa Reid, Platinum
“In the Night”, The Weeknd, Platinum
“Rule the World”, Walk Off the Earth, Platinum
“Sofi Needs a Ladder”, deadmau5, Platinum
“The Veldt”, deadmau5, Platinum
“Feel It in My Bones”, featuring Tegan & Sara, Platinum

Gold Singles

“Youth Without Youth”, Metric, Gold
“Breathing Underwater”, Metric, Gold
“Saviour”, Lights, Gold
“Lost You”, Zeds Dead, Gold
“Fireproof”, Coleman Hell, Gold
“Dancing Kizomba”, Alx Veliz, Gold
“She’s With Me”, High Valley, Gold
“Got a Feeling”, Tim Hicks, Gold
“Heartbreaker”, Mia Martina, Gold
“Shisha”, Massari, Gold
“Loved Me Back to Life”, Celine Dion, Gold
“Airwaves”, Brett Kissel, Gold
“Lay You Down Easy”, Magic, Gold
“Might Not”, Belly ft. The Weeknd, Gold
“Summer Sixteen”, Drake, Gold
“One Love”, Marianas Trench, Gold
“Make You Mine”, Hedley, Gold
“Jumpman”, Drake, Gold
“Started with a Song”, Brett Kissel, Gold
“Work” featuring Drake, Gold
“Aural Psynapse”, deadmau5, Gold
“Move for Me”, deadmau5, Gold
“I Remember”, deadmau5, Gold
“Fire in Your New Shoes” featuring Dragonette, Gold
“Raise Your Weapon”, deadmau5, Gold
“Beast”, Mia Martina, Gold
“County Line”, High Valley, Gold

You can view the entire list of works certified in 2016 here.