Canadian Chart Highlights: January 24, 2017


Calgary’s Lindsay Ell scores her first Top 10 country radio hit, “All Alright”


Ed Sheeran does seem unabashed in penning lyrics and releasing music videos that promote the consumption of death, whether the cancerous intoxicants involved are of the kind that pollute the environment or dehumanize us by disabling the mind. It is a good example of “the casualness with which appeals to ignoble human motivations are used to win power and pile up riches”. Our gut feeling tells us that ol’ Eddie won’t be participating in any marches for human responsibilities any time soon. Sheeran spends his second week at the top of the chart with “Shape of You”. His “Castle on the Hill” slips from #2 to #5. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is the highest Canadian entry at #4. Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” achieves a new peak position at #23.

Brand new on the Hot 100 is Jazz Cartier with track “Tempted” at #91. The Toronto-born rapper is the first domestic artist of 2017 to land on the chart for the first time.


Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to wear the crown on digital songs. The Weeknd owns the top Canadian entry with “I Feel It Coming” which moves from #10 last week to #5 this week. As with “Starboy”, it features French duo Daft Punk.


A similar picture materializes this week, as Maroon 5 stays at the summit with “Don’t Wanna Know”, and Alessia Cara the top Canuck with “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #3. Alessia will be performing on Saturday Night Live February 4 hosted by Kristen Stewart.


This week sees the first Top 10 Canadian album of the year. It belongs to Toronto pop-rock duo USS, or Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, and album New World Alphabet which debuts at #3. The title is kind of fitting and timely, as feature film Arrival, with significant CanCon, receives a number of Oscar nominations. The Weeknd’s Starboy album remains #1 and was recently certified platinum.

USS has first Top 10 Canadian album of 2017


Nothing much is new to report here. “Starboy” by The Weeknd spends its 17th week at No. 1.

Nielsen Entertainment features up and coming Calgary country duo Leaving Thomas, not to be confused with Britain’s Ward Thomas, in the newsletter this week. Annika Odegard and Bryton Udy are breezing into the airwaves with song “Waiting Kind of Girl” debuting at #44 on country radio. See the MV embedded below.


Maroon 5 and Alessia Cara do the same on this chart as on Hot 100 Airplay. New on the All-Format Top 50 is Coleman Hell with “Devotion” at No. 46. His “Fireproof” single has gone platinum and “2 Heads” triple platinum. The man is hotter than … hell.


Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side” pulls a venti by dominating CHR. “Let Me Love You” featuring the Biebs notches up from #4 to #3


Kings of Leon is still kingly thanks to “Waste a Moment”. July Talk is back to #2 with “Picturing Love”. The Toronto band was recently honoured with a pair of SOCAN #1 Song Awards and is now touring in the U.S. and Europe to promote its music abroad.


Big news here, as Calgary’s Lindsay Ell scores her very first Top 10 hit at country radio, “All Alright” at #9. Lindsay is one of the few Canadian artists seeing some significant airplay in the States, scoring 3 Top 50 hits there. Chad Brownlee is the top Canadian on this week’s chart with “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” at #8. Blake Shelton continues at the zenith with “A Guy with a Girl”.


Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic is latched at the one. “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes is the top CanCon at #7.


Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” and Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” are #1 and #2 respectively.


According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio is “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud whose new album Almanach will be out February 3. In terms of sales, the #1 single is Lenni-Kim’s bilingual track “Don’t Stop”. The most popular Franco album is Nous Autres by 2Frères. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

We leave you with the MV for Leaving Thomas’ “Waiting Kind of Girl”.