Chart and JUNO News: March 28, 2017

The JUNO awards are getting feisty. In this case, we’re talkin’ (Leslie) Feist. Question: how may JUNO Awards has Feist won? One? Two? Three? Four? The answer might surprise you. She’s won 10 trophies! The multiplatinum, eclectic artist from Calgary will apply her scratchy vocals in a JUNO gala tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen. Organizers have also announced that Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jazz Cartier, Jim Cuddy, and Sam Roberts Band will be among the presenters at the 2.5-hour broadcast from Ottawa April 2, i.e. this Sunday! Yes, time flies.

The charts are out this week. The big news is that Drake’s new album More Life is #1 and supplies a batch of songs that have infiltrated the Hot 100, including “Passionfruit” at #2. Vincent Vallières’ Le temps des vivants debuts on the albums chart at #10. Besides the usual players, three newbies find themselves burrowing into the emerging artists chart: Jahkoy’s “California Heaven” #27, River Town Saints’ “Bonfire” #28, and James Barker Band’s “Chills” #29. Nielsen features Saskatchewan country artist Samara Yung for single “Scared Enough” in its artist spotlight this week.