The Hot 100
On this week’s Hot 100, Eddie S.’s “Shape of You” spends its 8th week at number one. A sudden burst of collaborative singles dominates the top 10 but none have been able to dethrone the ditty of Sheeran. Speaking of collaborative singles, the latest involves a Canadian artist. “Stay” by Russian-German EDM maker Zedd and Ontario’s Alessia Cara debuts on the chart at #10. This is the highest position either artist has ever achieved on the chart. The top Canadian artist entry on the Hot 100 though remains The Weeknd’s “Starboy” at #9 this week. The Toronto R&B star is featured in Future’s “Comin’ Out Strong” which debuts at #43. Canadian actor Ryan Gosling can add pop star to his resume, as “City of Stars” with Emma Stone makes the Hot 100 at #89. The song is of course from Oscar winning motion picture La La Land.
Used to compile the Hot 100 is Hot Digital Songs and Hot 100 Airplay. On both charts, Ed Sheeran continues the reign with “Shape of You”. Alessia Cara’s aforementioned collaborative single “Stay” enters Digital Songs at #5, the top Canadian artist entry this week. The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” is highest for Canadian artists on Hot 100 Airplay at #2.
Hndrxx by U.S. rapper Future, alias of Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, is #1 on the albums chart. His Canadian counterpart NAV, from the Toronto district of Rexdale, debuts on the chart at #5 with his eponymous LP. Landing by Beyries and Blue Ceilings by The Franklin Electric make the Top 25 at #21 and #25 respectively.
Emerging Canadian Artists
The Weeknd, still considered an emerging artist at this stage, spends his 23rd week at #1 with “Starboy”. The aforementioned NAV enters the Top 30 with two tracks: “Up” #24 and “Myself” #26.
This week, Nielsen shines the artist spotlight on May Wells, formerly with band The Garlics. As a soloist, she has entered the Adult Contemporary Airplay chart at #36 with “We All Want Love”. She will be performing during Canadian Music Week in Toronto in April.
Canadian Airplay Charts
Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” crowns All-Format, CHR, AC, and Hot AC airplay. Rock radio is “Still Breathing” thanks to Green Day, and Country Radio prefers a “Better Man” provided by Little Big Town. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd is tops for Canadian artists at All-Format (#2) and CHR (#3). Both AC and Hot AC prefer Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” (#4 and #2 respectively). Rock radio is on the “Highway” thanks to Orillia, Ontario’s Bleeker at #4. Country radio is spending some “Time” with Dean Brody, #7 this week.
According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio continues to be “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud. The remix of “Ça se danse” by King Melrose is at #2 and Marc Dupré’s “Du bonheur dans les étoiles” at #3.
In terms of sales, the #1 single is “Je pars à l’autre bout du monde” by Beyries followed by “Marine marchande” by Les Cowboys Fringants, and at #3 is 2Frères’ “M’aimerais-tu pareil?”.
The best-selling Franco album continues to be Almanach by Patrice Michaud followed by Nous autres by 2Frères and Various Artists’ Nos plus beaux souvenirs. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.
Canadian Artist Songs Big Internationally
On the official UK chart, which gets published every Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, the top entry by a Canadian artist currently is “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd at #23. It peaked on the chart at #9. Australians prefer “Stay” by Alessia Cara and Zedd at #16. The latter debuted on the UK chart at #33 and on the US Hot 100 at #28. Americans give the nod to The Weeknd this week for “I Feel It Coming” at #11.