This Week’s Charts and Other News

The Prism Prize has awarded Martin C. Pariseau $15,000 for directing the organization’s favourite music video of the year, Kaytranada’s “Lite Spots” an MV that features a dancing robot.

Albertan country duo High Valley lands a number one single, its first. “I Be U Be” boots Sam Hunt from the summit to become the #1 song in the land at country radio. The song debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at #92.

Also new to the Hot 100 is “Selfish” from Ontario’s Virginia to Vegas, at #88. Allophone song “Despacito” featuring Anglophone Justin Bieber takes the top spot. Last week’s number one, which also features the Biebs – among many other featured artists – slips to #3, that being “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled. “Reminding Me” by Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens vaults from #92 to #74. Vanessa will be co-hosting the Billboard Music Awards with performances by Céline Dion and Drake. The hope would be that Vanessa’s return to the spotlight will shine some light on the new song and onto our wonderfully talented Shawn Hook.

Diana Krall‘s new album Turn Up the Quiet debuts at #8.

Featured in the Nielsen newsletter is Barrie, Ontario country singer Dani Strong for her song “Wild One”. It is bubbling under the Country airplay chart and the Canadian Emerging Artists chart. Dani was the only Canadian to make the top 50 in US TV show “Nashville Star.” She has opened for Eli Young Band and Jess Moskaluke and released her debut album Time to Breathe in October.

At rock radio, Arkells enter into the #1 room after “Knocking at the Door”.