Canadian Chart Highlights: February 21, 2017


The Hot 100

Spending its 6th week on top of the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” which may have to grapple in the coming weeks with Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” debuting on the chart at #3. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” remains king of CanCon, at #7 this week. He is challenging himself with “I Feel It Coming” which reaches a new peak position of #11. A new peak is also achieved by DVBBS for “Not Going Home”, #58. New on the chart is “Some Way” by NAV which features The Weeknd, #84. Drake’s “One Dance” has dropped off the chart having spent 45 weeks on the Hot 100.

Used to compile the Hot 100 is Hot Digital Songs and Hot 100 Airplay. On both charts, Ed Sheeran’s at #1 with “Shape of You”. The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” is highest for Canadian artists, at #6 on Digital and #2 on Airplay.


The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack debuts at #1 on Billboard Canadian Albums. Mother Mother’s No Culture enters the chart at #7. It is the outfit’s third Top 10 album. Of note, in terms of pure album sales, (minus the track and streaming equivalent units), the album debuts at #2.

Emerging Canadian Artists

The Weeknd, still considered an emerging artist, at this stage, spends his 21st week at #1 with “Starboy”. New on the chart is “Four Leaf Clover” by Christian Hudson at #27. Nielsen’s artist spotlight shines on Tenille Arts (see photo above) this week. Her new single “What He’s Into” debuts at #50 on the Country Airplay chart. She’s from Weyburn, SK.

Canadian Airplay Charts

Ed Sheeran is the one to beat on three of the airplay charts with the aforementioned “Shape of You” at #1 on All-Format, CHR, and Hot AC. Green Day’s “Still Breathing” takes the cake at Rock, Jon Pardi’s “Dirt on My Boots” at Country, and Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” at AC. The top Canadian artist entries are as follows. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd All-Format #3 and CHR #2. At Rock is July Talk’s “Picturing Love” at #4. Country prefers Dean Brody’s “Time” at #3. AC favours “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber at #4. Hot AC likes Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful, #2.

Canadian Franco

According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio continues to be “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud. In terms of sales, the #1 single is “Tu ne sauras jamais” by Les BB. The best-selling Franco album continues to be Almanach by Patrice Michaud. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

Canadian Artist Songs Big Internationally

On the official UK chart, which gets published every Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, the top entry by a Canadian artist currently is “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd, at #19. It peaked on the chart at #9. A similar picture is on the Australian chart with the track at #11 this week having achieved a peak at #7 down under. In the United States, it is all Alessia Cara with “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #8 this week, a new peak position for the song.

Canadian Chart Highlights: Valentine’s Day, 2017


The Hot 100

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to reign supreme on the Hot 100. As with last week, there are no new Canadian artist entries which make up 17 of the songs on the chart. DVBBS’ “Not Going Home” is the only one to achieve a new peak position, #59. The Weeknd’s former #1 smash “Starboy” is tops for CanCon at #6.

Hot Digital Songs

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to dominate digital purchases. Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” helped by recent high-profile televised performances, vaults from #48 to #2. The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” is this week’s best effort by a homegrown artist at #10.

Hot 100 Airplay

The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming”, at #3, is the most favoured at radio, while “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran is #1.

Top Albums

I Decided by U.S. rapper Big Sean debuts at #1. Two Canadian artist albums debut in the Top 10: Big Wreck’s Grace Street at #5 and Patrice Michaud’s Almanach at #7.

Emerging Canadian Artists

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” spends its 20th week at the top spot.

All-Format Airplay

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” leaps from #3 to #1 becoming king across all radio formats. Alessia Cara has the most spun Canadian entry thanks to “Scars to Your Beautiful”. With 3,143 plays through the week, it scoops up #3. New in the Top 50 is “Chained to the Rhythm” by Katy Perry (#31), “Fake Love” by Drake (#39), “Any Ol’ Barstool” by Jason Aldean (#49), and “She’s Desire” by Brett Kissel #50.

Contemporary Hit Radio

While “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran sitting at #1 isn’t surprising, Nielsen is quick to point out that it is his first chart topper at CHR. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd is #3 this week. New in the Top 40 is no stranger to pop hits, Katy Perry, with “Chained to the Rhythm” at #25.

Rock Airplay

Green Day is “Still Breathing” at #1 and July Talk is still “Picturing Love” at #3. New at rock radio’s Top 40 is Imagine Dragon’s “Believer” at #35 and Danko Jones’ “My Little RNR” at #39.

Country Airplay

Jon Pardi sings “Dirt on My Boots” and stomps his way up to #1. Dean Brody’s “Time” is #5. New in the Top 50 is Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Black Road” (#48) and Aaron Pritchett’s “When a Momma’s Boy Meets a Daddy’s Girl” (#49).

Adult Contemporary Airplay

“Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 decks the summit while “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber sits at #5. Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” debuts at #26.

Hot AC Airplay

Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” which topped the chart last week spends its second at the crown. The aforementioned track from Katy Perry debuts at #28.

Canadian Franco

According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio continues to be “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud In terms of sales, the #1 single is “Aimons-nous” by the trio of awesomes Ariane Moffatt, Karim Ouellet, and La Bronze. The former two are both JUNO award winners. The best-selling Franco album is Almanach by Patrice Michaud. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

Charts, Juno Nominations, Prism Prize Contenders

The Canadian Charts, February 7, 2017

Nothing terribly exciting on the charts this week. There were only 17 entries by a Canadians and no new Canuck entries. No domestic albums debuted in the Top 10. One highlight is that Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” becomes her first #1 hit at Hot AC radio.

JUNO Nominations


The JUNO Award nominations were announced at a press conference yesterday morning. The three amigos, Drake, The Weeknd, and Shawn Mendes lead with five each. The aforementioned Alessia Cara snapped up four as did the late Leonard Cohen. Up for Album of the Year are Starboy by The Weeknd, Illuminate by Shawn Mendes, You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, Views by Drake, and Encore un Soir by Céline Dion. Single of the Year nominees are “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes, “One Dance” by Drake, “Wild Things” by Alessia Cara, “Starboy” by The Weeknd, and “Spirits” by The Strumbellas. You can find a full list of nominees here.

CARAS also announced a batch of performers at the main gala in Ottawa, April 2. In addition to the previously confirmed Shawn Mendes are A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Ruth B, and The Strumbellas.

We hope that the JUNOs, which have always been more progressive, do not veer towards Grammy style with excessive focus on roots and urban music and going with sentimental favourites.

Prism Prize Top 20

The good folks over at the Prism Prize have unveiled their 20 picks for the year’s best music video. The collective can now boast the highest cash prize award in the world for the year’s best music video which is now $15,000. The prize will be awarded May 14 after the 20 is pared down to 10 on March 28. The Top 20 in alphabetical order are as follows.

A Tribe Called Red feat. Black Bear – Stadium Pow Wow
Aidan Knight – What Light (Never Goes Dim)
Andy Shauf – The Magician
BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Kaytranada – Lavender
Braids – Companion
Dilly Dally – Snakehead
Grimes – Kill V. Maim
Harrison feat. Clairmont The Second – It’s Okay, I Promise
Holy F*** – Tom Tom
Jazz Cartier – Red Alert / 100 Roses
July Talk – Picturing Love
Kaytranada – Lite Spots
Lisa LeBlanc – Gold Diggin’ Hoedown
PUP – Sleep in the Heat
Ronley Teper’s Lipliners – Lucky and Finnegan
Somewhere Else feat. Majid Jordan – Move Together
SonReal – Can I Get a Witness
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Wintersleep – Amerika

By comparison, the five MVs up for JUNO Music Video of the Year are “Kill v Maim” – GRIMES (Claire Boucher), “Lite Spots” – KAYTRANADA (Martin C. Pariseau), “R.E.D.” ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear – A Tribe Called Red (Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman), “Killa” – WIWEK/SKRILLEX (Jodeb), and “The Stranger” – Gord Downie (Justin Stephenson).

Canadian Chart Highlights: January 31, 2017


The Hot 100

For the third straight week, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is perched at the summit of the Hot 100. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is the top Canadian artist entry at #3. Among the new entries on the chart is “Good Things” by Canadian recording artist Jonathan Roy at #89. It is his second song to make it, the first being “Daniella Denmark” last year. The hot shot debut is “Touch” by Britain’s Little Mix which enters at #57.

Hot Digital Songs

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to dominate digital purchases. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd is tops for Canadians at #7.

Hot 100 Airplay

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” is still the radio favourite. “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber is #2.

Top Albums

The Weeknd’s Starboy album lights the sky of the albums chart. John Mayer’s EP The Search for Everything: Wave One debuts at #2. He’s American. Canada’s Jonathan Roy enters at #3 with Mr. Optimist Blues. It is the second 2017 Canadian artist album to debut in the Top 10, after USS’.

Emerging Canadian Artists

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” spends its 18th week at the top spot. The aforementioned “Good Things” by Jonathan Roy materializes at #15. Nielsen features Stanton Project in this week’s artist spotlight. It is the brainchild of Calgarian producer and composer Adam Stanton. His song “Pitbull” which, no, doesn’t feature Pitbull but even better uses the vocal talents of Nova Scotian R&B singer Laura Roy. The single debuts at #44 on the Hot AC Airplay chart and is bubbling under Emerging Artists.

All-Format Airplay

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” is king across all radio formats with “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Ontarian Alessia Cara at #2. New in the Top 50 is “Rockabye” by Britain’s Clean Bandit at #36 and “Fast” by U.S. country musician Luke Bryan at #46.

Contemporary Hit Radio

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” topples Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side” for the crown, the latter slipping to #2. “Let Me Love You” featuring the Biebs holds at #3.

Rock Airplay

Still at #1 is “Waste a Moment” by Kings of Leon with “Picturing Love” by Toronto’s July Talk at #3. New song “I Give You Power” by Montreal’s Arcade Fire debuts at #40.

Country Airplay

Blake Shelton gets bumped off the hump by Thomas Rhett and “Star of the Show”. Dean Brody snatches the top Canadian entry for “Time” at #8.

Adult Contemporary Airplay

Bruno Mars holds on at the zenith for “24K Magic”. “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber is up to #6 from #9 last week. Jonathan Roy’s “Good Things” enters at #37.

Hot AC Airplay

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” clings to the lead as does Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” as the runner up.

Canadian Franco

According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio is “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud whose new album Almanach has just been released and debuted on the iTunes chart at #3. In terms of sales, the #1 single is “Marine marchande” by Les Cowboys Fringants. The most popular Franco album continues to be Nous Autres by 2Frères. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

Canadian Chart Highlights: January 24, 2017


Calgary’s Lindsay Ell scores her first Top 10 country radio hit, “All Alright”


Ed Sheeran does seem unabashed in penning lyrics and releasing music videos that promote the consumption of death, whether the cancerous intoxicants involved are of the kind that pollute the environment or dehumanize us by disabling the mind. It is a good example of “the casualness with which appeals to ignoble human motivations are used to win power and pile up riches”. Our gut feeling tells us that ol’ Eddie won’t be participating in any marches for human responsibilities any time soon. Sheeran spends his second week at the top of the chart with “Shape of You”. His “Castle on the Hill” slips from #2 to #5. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is the highest Canadian entry at #4. Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” achieves a new peak position at #23.

Brand new on the Hot 100 is Jazz Cartier with track “Tempted” at #91. The Toronto-born rapper is the first domestic artist of 2017 to land on the chart for the first time.


Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to wear the crown on digital songs. The Weeknd owns the top Canadian entry with “I Feel It Coming” which moves from #10 last week to #5 this week. As with “Starboy”, it features French duo Daft Punk.


A similar picture materializes this week, as Maroon 5 stays at the summit with “Don’t Wanna Know”, and Alessia Cara the top Canuck with “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #3. Alessia will be performing on Saturday Night Live February 4 hosted by Kristen Stewart.


This week sees the first Top 10 Canadian album of the year. It belongs to Toronto pop-rock duo USS, or Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, and album New World Alphabet which debuts at #3. The title is kind of fitting and timely, as feature film Arrival, with significant CanCon, receives a number of Oscar nominations. The Weeknd’s Starboy album remains #1 and was recently certified platinum.

USS has first Top 10 Canadian album of 2017


Nothing much is new to report here. “Starboy” by The Weeknd spends its 17th week at No. 1.

Nielsen Entertainment features up and coming Calgary country duo Leaving Thomas, not to be confused with Britain’s Ward Thomas, in the newsletter this week. Annika Odegard and Bryton Udy are breezing into the airwaves with song “Waiting Kind of Girl” debuting at #44 on country radio. See the MV embedded below.


Maroon 5 and Alessia Cara do the same on this chart as on Hot 100 Airplay. New on the All-Format Top 50 is Coleman Hell with “Devotion” at No. 46. His “Fireproof” single has gone platinum and “2 Heads” triple platinum. The man is hotter than … hell.


Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side” pulls a venti by dominating CHR. “Let Me Love You” featuring the Biebs notches up from #4 to #3


Kings of Leon is still kingly thanks to “Waste a Moment”. July Talk is back to #2 with “Picturing Love”. The Toronto band was recently honoured with a pair of SOCAN #1 Song Awards and is now touring in the U.S. and Europe to promote its music abroad.


Big news here, as Calgary’s Lindsay Ell scores her very first Top 10 hit at country radio, “All Alright” at #9. Lindsay is one of the few Canadian artists seeing some significant airplay in the States, scoring 3 Top 50 hits there. Chad Brownlee is the top Canadian on this week’s chart with “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” at #8. Blake Shelton continues at the zenith with “A Guy with a Girl”.


Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic is latched at the one. “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes is the top CanCon at #7.


Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” and Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” are #1 and #2 respectively.


According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio is “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud whose new album Almanach will be out February 3. In terms of sales, the #1 single is Lenni-Kim’s bilingual track “Don’t Stop”. The most popular Franco album is Nous Autres by 2Frères. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

We leave you with the MV for Leaving Thomas’ “Waiting Kind of Girl”.

Nielsen SoundScan Top 40 Hits in Canada, 2001


Find below all Top 40 hits in Canada for year 2001 during the Nielsen SoundScan era. There are 152 of them, 14 from Canadian artists. Based on the chart performance through the year, we can say that the biggest of the Canadian hits through the year was “Days Like That” by Sugar Jones. In the tables below, sorted by peak position and then alphabetically by song title, we have included the nationality of the artist as well as the date of the chart in which the song reached its peak.














About Nielsen SoundScan Charts 2001-2007

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The Canadian Music Blog is pleased to present charts of all Top 40 hits in Canada from 2001 – 2007 on the Nielsen SoundScan charts. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of chart expert Anders Andersen in Denmark who painstakingly screen captured all the weekly Canadian Nielsen SoundScan charts from the old Canoe/Jam website. Forwarding the images to us via email, we converted the images to a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet. Because Canadian charts during the period are very much unavailable and sketchy, we provide all hits from both Canadian and international artists.

As has been acknowledged, there are many shortcomings of the Nielsen SoundScan (NSS) charts, but of course problematic charts are better than none at all. To minimize a misinterpretation of the data, we would like to mention a few points. First, any songs that appeared on the RPM charts have been excluded from the NSS, as it is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. RPM was influenced mainly by radio airplay with some sales data, whereas NSS is based purely on the sales of singles. Canadians usually preferred to buy albums rather than singles. Also, not all songs played on the radio were readily available as singles (whether in vinyl, cassette, or CD), and as the digital era approached and iTunes went online, physical singles became increasingly less popular.

The Nielsen SoundScan charts often included EPs, some of which had four unique tracks. Oddly, some of the entries appear to be various artist compilation LPs. Some singles continued to chart for several years, and some that were several years old began to chart or re-entered the charts. We have excluded these old “catalogue singles”. Another challenge was that Nielsen gave separate entries to various issues of the same song – released by different labels, remixes, maxi singles, extended versions, with different “B-Sides”, etc. We simply looked at which version of the single achieved the highest chart peak. The NSS charts nearly always had tie positions and counted the ranking after with skipped positions, for example: 26, 27, 27, 27, 30, 31, etc.

Despite all its problems, we provide these charts with the purpose of helping keep alive the memories of some of the most popular songs in Canada during the period. Take everything with a grain of salt and enjoy the memories!

Canadian Chart Highlights: January 17, 2017

The UK’s Ed Sheeran has dethroned The Weeknd from #1 on the Canadian Hot 100. “Starboy” drops to No. 3. His album, though, is king of the Albums Chart this week. DVBBS is back on the Hot 100 with “Not Going Home” #99 which features Dutch singer Gia Koka. Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” reaches a new chart peak at #25. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” reigns supreme on both the Hot 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts followed by his “Castle on the Hill” at #2. “Starboy” is the top Canadian entry on the Hot Digital Songs chart at #8.

On both Hot 100 Airplay and All-Format Airplay, “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 is perched at the summit. Alessia Cara has the most spun Canadian song; “Scars to Your Beautiful” is No. 3 at Hot 100 Airplay and No. 4 at All-Format. New on the Emerging Canadian Artists Top 30 are Jazz Cartier (“Tempted”) #23 and James Barker Band (“Just Sayin'”) #28. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is tops there unsurprisingly.

“Side to Side” by Ariana Grande continues its rule on CHR while “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber is #4 this week. “Waste a Moment” by Kings of Leon sits on top at rock radio with “Picturing Love” by July Talk still at #3. Country radio digs Blake Shelton’s “A Guy with a Girl” best and favours Canada’s Chad Brownlee with “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” at No. 7. Bruno Mars rules AC with “24K Magic” with the top Canuck tune being Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better” at #6. Hot AC has Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” at the zenith and Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #4.

Nielsen shines the artist spotlight this week on Tavish Crowe. Attending Handsworth Secondary School in the District of North Vancouver, he was hired by Carly Rae Jepsen as a guitarist for her backing band after he graduated. He received a co-credit for her smash “Call Me Maybe” currently the 4th best-selling single of all-time globally. Tavish has released his own single as a soloist called “Fire”, and it has debuted on the Hot AC Airplay chart at No. 50.

Canadian Chart Highlights: January 10, 2017

Vancouver's Shaun Frank scores his 2nd Hot 100 hit.

Vancouver’s Shaun Frank scores his 2nd Hot 100 hit.

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” spends its 7th week at #1, Virginia to Vegas’ “Lights Out” achieves a new peak position at #40. Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” also reaches a new peak position at #27. The lone new entry from a Canadian artist is “Let You Go Away” from Vancouver’s Shaun Frank. Shaun was one of the 14 Canadian artists who debuted on the chart in 2016. He did this with Canadian singer Delaney Jane in song “La La Land”. The new song features the vocals of Ashe who is from San Diego, USA. It enters the Hot 100 at #96. The music video has surpassed 4 million views.

“Closer” by The Chainsmokers is tops here followed by The Weeknd’s “Starboy”.

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” takes honours here. The top Canadian entry is The Weeknd’s “Starboy” at #4.

As no albums from popular artists have been released the past couple weeks, there is nothing new. The Weeknd’s Starboy album is at #1 followed by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, and Drake’s Views.

The Weeknd, still considered an emerging artist, is at the summit of the chart with “Starboy”. Nielsen Music shone the spotlight on emerging artist Christian Hudson with a newsletter feature whose debut single “Four Leaf Clover” has hit AC radio. He’s a talented new artist from Airdrie, AB which is just north of Calgary. Hudson is currently working on his debut EP.

The most spun track of the week at Canadian radio across all formats was “Closer” by the Chainsmokers. Top Canadian artist entry is The Weeknd’s “Starboy” at #3.

Ariana Grande is queen of the CHR airwaves with “Side to Side”. “Starboy” is at #2.

Kings of Leon crowns rock with “Waste a Moment”. July Talk’s “Picturing Love” is 3rd.

Brett Eldredge can hang his hat here with “Wanna Be That Song”. The top Canuck is Chad Brownlee for “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” at #7.

Bruno Mars charms AC radio with “24K Magic”. Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better” settles for 5th.

Bruno Mars is hot here too with his “24K Magic”. Alessia Cara is the top Canadian thanks to “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #4.

All-Time 40 Biggest Hot 100 Canadian Hits: 2017 Update


From its launch in mid-2007 to the present time, we have ranked the 40 biggest hits by domestic artists on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 using a points system. Total points were determined by subtracting each weekly chart position from 101 and then totalling the results. We have not included songs that were already on the Hot 100 when it launched. We have also excluded songs currently on the chart. Included are Canadian artist songs whether the Canadian was the main, co-credited, or featured artist.

The Hot 100 is a combination of success on radio as well as digital downloads from the public, all within Canada. The chart below also includes the peak chart position achieved, date the peak was reached, and the total number of weeks the song spent on the charts. Those that reached #1 have the peak in a red box. Those that spent at least one full year (52 weeks) have a yellow box. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” reigns supreme both in terms of points and weeks spend on the Hot 100 (74 weeks, highlighted in an orange box). Did your favourite Canadian song make the all-time Top 40? Click to enlarge.


Nielsen Year-End Report

Nielsen Music has released a year-end report for 2016. Now we have the actual numbers of album and tracks sales. You can read the whole report here. Some highlights below. Total consumption refers to full albums purchased (whether digital or physical) plus track equivalent albums (10 tracks is equivalent to 1 album) and streaming equivalent albums (1,500 streams is equivalent to 1 album). 


1. Views by Drake, 457,000 units
2. 25 by Adele, 266,000 units
3. Purpose by Justin Bieber, 240,000 units
4. Blurryface by Twenty-One Pilots, 172,000 units
5. Starboy by The Weeknd, 171,000 units
6. Anti by Rihanna, 170,000 units.
7. This Is Acting by Sia, 169,000 units.
8. Encore un soir by Celine Dion, 140,000 units.
9. Lemonade by Beyoncé, 138,000 units.
10. Collage by The Chainsmokers, 136,000 units.


1. Views by Drake, 196,000 copies
2. 25 by Adele, 196,000 copies
3. Encore un soir by Celine Dion, 134,000 copies
4. You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, 106,000 copies
5. Hardwired to Self-Destruct by Metallica, 103,000 copies
6. Lemonade by Beyoncé, 101,000 copies
7. Purpose by Justin Bieber, 92,000 copies
8. Starboy by The Weeknd, 79,000 copies
9. Yer Favourites by The Tragically Hip, 75,000 copies
10. Blurryface by Twenty-One Pilots, 73,000 copies


1. Cheap Thrills by Sia, 367,000
2. 7 Years by Lukas Graham, 326,000
3. One Dance by Drake, 323,000
4. I Took a Pill in Ibiza, 303,000
5. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, 293,000
6. Stressed Out by Twenty-One Pilots, 283,000
7. Closer by The Chainsmokers, 276,000
8. My House by Flo Rida, 271,000
9. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber, 258,000
10. Cake by the Ocean by DNCE, 244,000

The 2016 Canadian Invasion


A number of Canadian artist singles made it onto 2016’s year-end charts in various countries. Not all countries have charts and only some who have them formulate annual ones. We looked at charts in the major Anglo country markets (Canada itself, the USA, UK, and Australia) and at Japan which is #2 in the world. In Canada itself, 32 of the Top 100 for the year were by or featured a homegrown artist. This is a new record in Canadian chart history. In the USA, there are 26 Canadian artist entries, 16 in the UK, and 14 in Australia. In Japan where, obviously, Japanese language songs are preferred, four songs from two Canuck label-mates made it into the year-end Top 100.

In the table below, you can see all Canadian artist songs that made it into at least one of the charts in the five countries. Canadian artists had the #1 song of the year in three of them (and all 3 are different songs). Canadians preferred Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” (they are stereotyped as being polite), while Americans went for “Love Yourself” (they are typecast as having narcissistic tendencies). The Brits favoured Drake’s “One Dance” (perhaps they’re asking for one more dance with Europe pre-Brexit) which was the top Canadian entry on the Australian chart at #2. Aussie artist Flume’s “Never Be Like You” which features Kai was 4th of the year down under. “One Dance” and “Treat You Better” were the most agreed upon in the four countries where they made the charts, as the positions were quite comparable. “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake was a much bigger hit in the States (#4) than in Australia (#40). Carly Rae Jepsen continues to sweep the Japanese off their feet. “Call Me Maybe”, now over five years old, still made it onto the 2016 year-end chart. “I Really Like You” finished 6th in 2015 and squeaked into the 2016 chart as well (#95).


Canadian Chart Highlights: January 4, 2017


Halifax EDM group Neon Dreams enters the Hot 100 with a little help from Kardinal Offishall

As Billboard’s website is now publishing the entire Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart (previously it listed only the top 50), the CMB will no longer be listing the Canadian artist entries on the chart each week. However, we will provide weekly updates with some of the highlights on the various Canadian charts from Nielsen.

This week, The Weeknd’s “Starboy” continues at #1 on the Hot 100. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can now claim a hit single, as “You’re Welcome” enters at #98. Dwayne has dual citizenship, so we can absolutely claim him. Entering at #99 is “Marching Bands” from Halifax EDM group Neon Dreams featuring multiple JUNO award winner Kardinal Offishall. The Chainsmokers edge out “Starboy” (#2) to claim the digital song sales title with “Closer”.

The Weeknd’s Starboy album reigns supreme on the Canadian Albums chart. The top Franco album is the reissue of Harmonium’s 1976 classic L’Heptade at #22 this week. Over the course of its 40-year history, the LP has sold in excess of 400,000 copies.

Regarding airplay, “Starboy” is tops at CHR. At Hot AC, Bruno Mars is #1 with “24K Magic”. The top Canadian entry is “Starboy” at #4. Sia is #1 at AC radio for “Cheap Thrills”. The top Canadian artist track is “Treat You Better” from Shawn Mendes at #6 overall. Brett Eldredge’s “Wanna Be That Song” crowns country airplay. The top Canadian is Aaron Goodvin’s “Woman in Love” at #8. Aaron is from Spirit River, a small town in northern Alberta. He now resides in Nashville, US writing for Warner Chappell Music. Kings of Leon is king of rock with “Waste A Moment”. Canadian group July Talk is at #2 with “Picturing Love” this week.

The Most Successful Canadian Singles of 2016


A total of 32 songs involving domestic artists made the year-end Billboard Canadian Hot 100 in 2016. This sets a new record in the history of the Canadian charts, one that had remained unbroken for 20 years since RPM’s year-end for 1996 which held the record at 31. In 1996, Alanis Morissette had both the #1 and #2 songs of the year for “You Learn” and “Ironic” respectively. Justin Bieber repeats her accomplishment in 2016 with “Sorry” and “Love Yourself” at #1 and #2 of the year. Last year, 2015, saw only 21 Canadian artist singles in the year-end top 100.

The table immediately below shows all songs by domestic artists that made the year-end Billboard Canadian Hot 100 with their position on the chart. Because a number of these songs were cross-overs from 2015, we have included the positions for those in the year-end chart for 2015. Also, find the weekly chart peak position of these songs and the year it reached the peak (either 2015 or 2016). We have also included all Canadian artist tracks that peaked within the weekly Top 40 of the Hot 100 through 2016 but didn’t make the year-end Top 100. Note that a number of these, still on the weekly charts, will reach new peak positions in 2017.

We have also listed any current Gold/Platinum certification levels achieved by the songs (these may receive higher certifications in the future). Those that haven’t received certifications have either not reached the numbers or the artist’s team hasn’t submitted applications for them through the Music Canada program. Later in 2016, the program, in the new Single Award, began including streaming data into the qualifications at the rate of 150 streams equivalent to 1 unit sold. That is in addition to digital downloads or any CD single sales. Gold is 40,000 units; platinum 80,000; double platinum 160,000, triple platinum 240,000; etc.

Because Franco songs have a tough time reaching the chart as they do not receive broadcast-wide airplay, we have included any songs that made the Hot 100 (non-Top 40). This year, Céline Dion’s “Encore un soir” was the only song to achieve this, making it to #92. Below the first table is a second listing all French language Canadian artist songs that made the year-end Top 50 at radio network CKOI. The good folks over there have published year-end Top 50 charts since 1976. The chart includes both Anglo and Franco (and occasionally Allo) tracks and both foreign and domestic ones. You can click on the tables to enlarge them and see the text more clearly.



The Most Successful 2016 Canadian Albums


The only Canadian album released in 2016 to be certified multiplatinum by the end of the year was Celine Dion’s Encore un soir (double platinum). Highest up on the Billboard year-end albums chart was Drake’s Views at #3. Eight Canadian albums released in 2016 hit #1 on the weekly charts. Below are two tables. The first in a list of all 2016 albums that received gold/platinum certifications by the end of the year, appeared on the year-end Billboard chart, or made the Top 5 of the weekly charts. The second table has all 2016-released albums that peaked at #6 to #10 on the weekly charts. Note that only albums released in 2016 are included. There were a number of albums released in previous years (especially 2015) that appeared on the weekly and year-end charts for 2016. A number of the 2016 albums will no doubt continue to sell in 2017 and may receive higher gold/platinum certification in the future. Thirty-five 2016 Canadian artist albums made the weekly Top 10 in the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Sarah McLachlan’s Christmas record Wonderland did not make the Top 10 but managed to go gold through steady sales over a number of weeks.