Chart Highlights for April 18, 2017


While most albums achieve their peak position at their debut on the charts these days, it is not so for Mario Pelchat. With his beautiful album Agnus Dei, the platinum, 4-time JUNO nominee and gifted vocalist first leapt from #23 to #9, and now this week climbs higher on the albums chart to #5.


Nothing much to report on the definitive chart this week. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is the song to beat, spending its 14th week at the summit. Even his fellow Englishman Harry Styles failed to dethrone him with “Sign of the Times” (#6).


Knocking at door #18 thanks to the new single, we find Arkells. Nielsen music shines the artist spotlight on DYLN this week who is busy on a radio tour promoting her new single “Better Things”. DYLN is originally from Vancouver Island.


New Canadian artist entries in the All-Format Top 50 are Scott Helman‘s “Kinda Complicated” (#43), Drake‘s “Passionfruit” (#46), and Alyssa Reid‘s “Badlands” (#47). The aforementioned “Knocking at the Door” by Arkells debuts in rock radio at #32. New at country radio are Tim Hicks‘ “Slide Over” (#43) and Alee‘s “When I Do” (#50).


The longstanding Franco airplay number one, Patrice Michaud’s “Kamikaze,” has been unseated by Andréanne A. Malette‘s folk song “Fou”. She’s from Granby and was a finalist in the 2012 season of Star Academy. In terms of digital downloads of tracks, Safia Nolin takes the cake with “La laideur”. Regarding album sales, the aforementioned Agnus Dei by Mario Pelchat et les Prêtres is tops. Bear in mind, the data is for the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.


“Stay” by Alessia Cara and Germany’s Zedd has been liked more Down Under than in the Great White North. It peaked at #3, and at #5 this week, continues as the top entry on the Australian chart involving a Canadian artist. At home, the song reached a peak last week at #9, down a notch to #10 this week. In Britain, it achieves a new peak position this week at #8. Currently however, the Brits have a passion for Drake‘s “Passionfruit” which is at #5 having attained a peak at #3 previously. Americans prefer “Stay” over “Passionfruit”, though the former is slightly less popular than in the other Anglo markets reaching a new peak at #14 this week.