It’s time to get nostalgic again. Before we get to this week’s charts, we’re going back half a decade to October 23, 2013. What was hot at that time?
5 Years Ago: October 23, 2013
Television: NCIS championed the so-called idiot box, a U.S. police action television series, revolving around a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, who investigate crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marines.
Film: The Martian starring Matt Damon and featuring Canadian actress Mackenzie Davis ruled the box office. The story involved an astronaut thought dead being abandoned by his fellows and having to survive on Mars while finding a way to send a message that he was still alive.
News: There were no major headlines on this day which, given 2013’s disastrous events, was a good thing. The year saw the Alberta floods (June-July), the Lac-Megantic disaster (July 6), the Boston Marathon Bombing (April 15), and Typhoon Haiyan (early November).
Albums: The best-selling album was Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam. Drake’s Nothing Was the Same, a former #1 album, was #5 this week.
Songs: “Royals” by New Zealand teen Lorde spent its 4th week on top. The strongest Canadian artist track this week was “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake at #6.
The Charts: October 23, 2018
A number of new entries appear on the Billboard Hot 100, several by or featuring Canadians. First off, “Girls Like You” has been knocked off the top spot by new track “Zeze” from Kodak Black. “Mia” by Bad Bunny featuring Drake debuts at #3. “Flip the Switch”, another Drake featured track, this time from Quavo, lands at #26. Tyler Shaw‘s “With You” enters at #80 and Alessia Cara‘s “Trust My Lonely” at #92. The aforementioned “Mia” is #7 at Hot Digital Songs.
The airplay charts hold this week’s biggest news item, and that is Country being crowned by Dallas Smith‘s “Make ‘Em Like You”. Remarkably, the British Columbian “surpasses Shania Twain as the Canadian artist with the most Country No. 1 songs in the Nielsen BDS era,” as reported by Nielsen. “With 1568 spin detections, he sets the record for the highest one week detects total at the format by a Canadian artist, surpassing Dean Brody’s ‘8th Day’.” At #41, Shawn Austin’s “You Belong” is the top new entry at Country this week.
New Canadian artist entries in the All-Format Airplay Top 50 are “Lost in Japan” by Shawn Mendes X Zedd (#36), “Walls Come Down” by Meghan Patrick (#44), and “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne (#46).