Trade organization Music Canada recapped 2018 with a report on the year’s Gold/Platinum certification program. In general, the number of awards increased thanks in part to the inclusion of streaming data for both single and album certifications. A simplified application portal for certification approvals and plaque orders also helped smooth the process.
Single Award certifications in 2018 were up 33% from 2017. Seven singles went diamond. The highest certification for a Canadian artist was awarded to “God’s Plan” by Drake, an 8x platinum winner. This was followed by the 7x platinum EDM smash “Body” by Canadian duo Loud Luxury. The top certified Canadian artist album was Drake’s Scorpion at double platinum. Shawn Mendes‘ self-titled release made platinum. There was a 24% increase in album certifications this year over last with a 10% rise in Canadian album certifications. The highest certification through the year was double diamond for 2011 album 21 by the UK’s Adele. It was the first disc to make the grade since Shania Twain‘s Up! In 2004. In terms of albums released in 2018, the highest certification was given to Post Malone whose album made it to quadruple platinum.
There was an 80% increase in Canadian artist single award certifications with several Canucks receiving their first including Baka Not Nice, Charlotte Cardin, Delaney Jane, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Felix Cartal (see photo above), Grandtheft, Half Moon Run, Keys N Krates, Killy, the aforementioned Loud Luxury, Majid Jordan, NEW CITY, Sultan + Shepard, The Glorious Sons, and The Reklaws.