Canadian Chart Highlights: March 14, 2017

The Hot 100

Ed Sheeran ups the number one streak of “Shape of You” to nine weeks. With the release of his new album Divide, all 16 tracks appeared on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 this week. Lorde’s “Green Light” debuts at #9. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is the top Canadian artist entry at #11. Coleman Hell’s “Devotion” debuts on the chart at #98.

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”. At Digital, Alessia Cara’s collaborative single “Stay” drops from #5 last week to #12. At Airplay, the top Canadian artist entry is The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” remaining at #2.

Albums

Ed Sheeran’s Divide enters Billboard Canadian Albums at #1 with 75,000 consumption units. By comparison, Drake’s Views nabbed 110,000 units in its first week of release. In terms of pure album sales, Divide sold 60,000 copies, the highest total since Céline Dion’s Encore un soir. And in terms of streaming, Divide received 23 million, the highest since The Weeknd’s Starboy racked up 27 million. The latter album is the top by a Canadian this week at #3.

Emerging Canadian Artists

The Weeknd spends his 24th week at #1 with “Starboy”. NAV places three new tracks in the Top 30: “Good for It”, “Lonely”, and “NAV”.

This week, Nielsen shines the artist spotlight on western Canadian artist Leeroy Stagger whose “I Want It All” entered rock airplay at #34. Stagger, active since 2002, will be releasing new album Love Versus in April.

Canadian Airplay Charts

As it was last week, 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 likes things “Fast” via Luke Bryan.

“I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd is tops for Canadian artists at All-Format (#2) and CHR (#3). AC prefers “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber at #4. Hot AC is going for Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #2. Mother Mother is tops at Rock radio for “The Drugs”. Dallas Smith’s “Side Effects” is boss at Country radio sitting at #8.

Canadian Franco

According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio continues to be “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud. The latter’s Almanach is the best-selling Franco album. As far as digital tracks go, “Vivre en amour” by Luc Cousineau. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

Canadian Artist Songs Big Internationally

At #38, Alessia Cara’s “Stay” with Zedd is the top entry involving a Canadian artist on the UK charts this week. It is tops in Australia as well doing nicely at #9. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd is preferred in the United States, at #12 this week.

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