September 18, 2018 Charts: Gord Bamford Tops Country

It’s time to get nostalgic again. Before we get to this week’s charts, we’re going back three full decades to September 18, 1988. What was hot at that time?

30 Years Ago: September 18, 1988

Television: Spinoff of The Cosby Show, A Different World, starring Lisa Bonet among others, received the highest Nielsen ratings the week prior but it was to be overtaken by viewing of the Summer Olympics this week.

Film: A Fish Called Wanda cleaned up at the box office. The British-American heist comedy film was directed by Charles Crichton and written by John Cleese. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin.

News: With autumn approaching, the Summer Olympics had just gotten underway in Seoul, South Korea. Calgary had hosted the Winter Olympics earlier in the year. Canada went on to win 10 medals in the … autumn … games. In four days from September 18, the Prime Minister was to officially apologize for the World War II internment of Japanese Canadians.

Toys: 1988 was all about Nintendo which did for the late 80s what Atari did for the early 80s. The game Pictionary which came out in 1985 became very popular by ’88.

Albums: The self-titled work from Tracy Chapman ruled the Canadian Albums chart. Glass Tiger’s Diamond Sun was tops for a Canadian artist at #22.

Songs: “Monkey” by the late great George Michael was the biggest song in the land. Glass Tiger’s “Diamond Sun” was #5 and the king of CanCon on the Singles chart.

The Charts: September 18, 2018

Maroon 5 has been bowled out of the top spot on the Hot 100 by Kayne West and “I Love It” which debuts at #1. There is little else of note on the chart. Richard Seguin’s Retour a Walden: Sur les Pas de Thoreau enters the Albums Chart at #16, the highest position for a Canadian artist debut this week. Mother Mother’s “Get Up” enters Rock Airplay Top 40 at #39. Tim Hicks’ “The Worst Kind” materializes at Country Airplay at #50. Gord Bamford scores his second chart topping hit at the format thanks to “Dive Bar”. Five years ago, Gord’s “When Your Lips Are So Close” scaled to the summit. Loud Luxury’s “Body” hits #1 at Adult Contemporary Radio. The song previously spent six weeks on top of the CHR chart and five weeks at #2 at Hot AC.


2017’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medThe most successful song of 2017 that involved a Canadian artist was “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber which peaked at #1 on the weekly Hot 100 and was the second biggest song of the year overall. The biggest English language song with a Canadian as the main artist was “Starboy” from the Weeknd. Although it finished the year as its 6th most popular tune, it peaked at #1 on the weekly charts last year (2016) and also made the previous year-end chart at #32. The most successful Canadian artist song reaching its peak position in the weekly charts of 2017 was Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” with a year-end placement of #16 and weekly peak of #6.

In total, 17 tracks involving Canadian artists made the year-end Hot 100. A total of 34 maple-glazed tunes peaked within the Top 40 during the year 2017. No French-language song made the Hot 100 through the year. We have listed below French language songs from Canadian artists that made the annual CKOI year-end Top 50 – seven in all.

HY = Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart position
HW = Billboard Hot 100 weekly charts, peak position
CY = CKOI year-end Top 50 chart position

2017 CKOI Franco Hits

Une p’tite biere  Anthony Gaudet 21
J’pas stressée Roxane Bruneau 24
Roadtrip Les Chiens de Ruelles 27
T’embellis ma vie Yann Perreau 31
Fou Andreanne A. Malette 42
Kamikaze Patrice Michaud 45
Il y a tant a faire  Daniel Belanger 48

2017 Billboard Canada Hits

Despacito Fonsi/Yankee ft. Justin Bieber 2 1
Starboy The Weeknd 6a 1b
There’s Nothing Holding… Shawn Mendes 16 6
Stay Alessia Cara & Zedd 22 9
I Feel It Coming The Weeknd 23 10
Passionfruit Drake 33 2
Let Me Love You DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber 41a 4b
Fake Love Drake 49 10b
Signs Drake 52 12
2U D. Guetta ft. Justin Bieber 54 4
Scars to Your Beautiful Alessia Cara 70 14b
Treat You Better Shawn Mendes 71a 7b
Friends Justin Bieber & BloodPop 83 4
Mercy Shawn Mendes 84 22
Reminding Me Shawn Hook 86 30
Party Monster The Weeknd 91 8b
Portland Drake 95 6
Blem Drake 8
Free Smoke Drake 12
Gyalchester Drake 13
No Long Talk Drake 14
Reminder The Weeknd 16
Get It Together Drake 20
Teenage Fever Drake 22
Still Got Time Zayn ft. PartyNextDoor 22
Madiba Riddim Drake 23
KMT Drake 25
Sacrifices Drake 26
4422 Drake 27
Jorja Interlude Drake 28
Some Way NAV ft. The Weeknd 31
To the Max DJ Khaled ft. Drake 32
Wanted You NAV 33
Skepta Interlude Drake 36
Glow Drake 37
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot… Michael Buble 39
Lust for Life Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd 39
Lights Out Virginia to Vegas 40
Nothings Into Somethings Drake 40
Curve Gucci Mane ft. The Weeknd 40

a – Also made year-end Hot 100 of 2016
b – Weekly peak achieved in 2016


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September 12, 2018 Charts: Followups Gain Ground

Before we take a look at this week’s charts, let’s get nostalgic and review the happenings 35 years ago, around September 12, 1983.

35 Years Ago: September 12, 1983

Television: The premiere of crime action drama Hardcastle and McCormick was to draw the biggest television audience according to Nielsen ratings.

Film: Comedy-drama Mr. Mom was tops at the box office. Written by John Hughes, the film starred Michael Keaton as a family man who, after being laid off, switched roles with his wife (Terri Garr) who returned to work, while he became a stay-at-home dad, a task about which he was clueless.

News: The Soviet Union admitted to shooting down Korean Air Lines Flight double-o-seven, stating that its military did not know it was a civilian aircraft when it was in violation of Soviet airspace.

Toys: Popular toys in 1983 included Cabbage Patch Kids, Care Bears, and My Little Ponies. The first, a craze selling in the millions, made the cover of Newsweek magazine, the second starred in their own television show, and the third even outsold barbie dolls.

Albums: Let’s Dance by David Bowie was the #1 album in the Great White North. Certified at quintuple platinum, the disc sold half a million copies. Loverboy’s Keep It Up was the best-selling Canadian album (#13) that week.

Songs: “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics jumped from #4 to #1, becoming the biggest song in Canada. At #21, “Video Kids” by Prototype was tops for CanCon.

The Charts: September 12, 2018

Followups to debut hits are the order of the day this week. Following the success of “Body” by Loud Luxury, the outfit lets loose “Love No More”. It debuts in the Hot 100 at #62, Hot Digital at #16, and CHR Radio at #33. Interestingly, “Body” never appeared on the Emerging Canadian Artists chart, while the new song puts Loud Luxury at #2.

Another followup is “Better Off”, the answer to Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine’s breakout hit “Ain’t Easy”. It is #50 at All-Format Airplay, #27 at CHR, and #33 at Hot AC. The latter is the highest debut at the format for a Canadian artist since The Weeknd’s “Starboy” entered at #24 in October 2016.

September 4, 2018 Chart Highlights

40 Years Ago: September 4, 1978

What was happening 40 years ago around September 4, 1978?

Television: Sitcom Three’s Company ruled the boob tube. It was based on British show Man About the House.

Toys: 1978 spawned toys that began with the letter S: Speak & Spell and Simon notable among them.

News: Pope John Paul I had recently succeeded Pope Paul VI as the 263rd Pope.

Film: Musical production Grease was the tops at the box office. It was to become the biggest movie of the year.

Albums: The Grease soundtrack dominated the albums chart.

Songs: “Three Times a Lady” by The Commodores was the #1 song in the land.

The Charts: September 4, 2018

K-pop male singing group BTS scores the number one album in Canada, Love Yourself: Answer. Canucks preferred to buy this one rather than stream it, as it ranked only 8th in terms of online listening. The album is a followup to Love Yourself: Tear released just last May which peaked at #2 on the chart. Track “Idol” featuring Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj debuts at #5 on the Hot 100. It is the septet’s first Top 10 song.

Expect Kamikaze by US rapper Eminem to top the albums chart next week. Surprise – a Canadian newcomer is featured on track “Good Guy”. Her name is Jessie Reyez.

In terms of more CanCon, “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando holds at #3. It now stands certified at quadruple platinum by Music Canada. It is #5 in Britain, now Top 40 in Australia, and was recently featured in an article in Billboard magazine.

With the upcoming CCMA awards, some country artists are moving up the radio charts. “Habit” by Andrew Hyatt debuts at #50 at All Format Airplay. Brad Saunders, originally from Newfoundland now based in Calgary, snatches the #49 spot at County Radio itself.

Followup single “Better Off” by breakout duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine debuts at CHR at #34 and “Relentless” by Arkells sizzles at Rock Radio, debuting at #23.

Charts for the Week of August 21, 2018

What was happening 45 years ago, around August 21, 1973?

Television: Based on British sitcom Till Death Do Us Part, US sitcom All in the Family dominated television screens in 1973. Canadians were beginning to get into new series The Beachcombers which had debuted in October 1972. The comedy-drama series was to churn out 387 episodes (calling it quits in 1990).

Toys: The Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle from Ideal Toys debuted in 1973, the year the stuntman celebrity made 13 jumps on his motorcycle, including an epic leap over 13 vans to kick off the year.

News: This week in 1973 saw Sweden’s Norrmalmstorg bank robbery and hostage situation, famous for the origin of the term Stockholm syndrome.

Film: George Lucas’ American Graffiti was #1 at cinemas.

Albums: Jethro Tull’s A Passion Play was the top selling album in Canada.

Songs: “Brother Louie” by Stories was the most popular song in the land. It was a cover of the Hot Chocolate song released the same year.

The Charts: August 21, 2018

Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj, who, judging by her album cover, needs to be reminded that immodesty is not a virtue, lands on Canada’s albums chart at #2 behind Texan rapper Travis Scott. She is joined by Canadian R&B star The Weeknd on track “Thought I Knew You”. It debuts on the Hot 100 at #69 and Hot Digital Songs at #18. Delaney Jane‘s “Bad Habits” rises seven positions to #71 on the Hot 100 which is crowned for the sixth week by Drake‘s “In My Feelings”. Other CanCon tracks remain at similar standings to last week’s. The top new entry at All-Format Airplay is Dallas Smith‘s “Make ‘Em Like You” (#39).

Charts for Mid-August 2018

Fifty years ago, in 1968, the number one movie was Hang ‘Em High starring Clint Eastwood. Some headlines from the time involved the end of a three-week Canada Post strike while passenger steam locomotive service called it quits in Britain. The final return trip from Liverpool to Carlisle became known as the Fifteen Guinea Special. The most popular song was “Lady Willpower” by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.

At present, half a century later, Drake‘s “In My Feelings” spends its fifth at #1 on the Hot 100. He is followed by fellow Canadian outfit Loud Luxury and “Body” holding at #6. EDM charmer “Jackie Chan” qualifies for CanCon apparently with The Netherlands’ Tiesto sharing the main artist title with Canada’s Dzeko (formerly of duo Dzeko & Torres). Splitting the featured artists slot are the US’s Post Malone and Canada’s Preme (formerly known as P. Reign). The track sits at #10, down three notches from #7 last week.

Besides the usual players, other highlights on the Hot 100 involve the appearance of “IDWK” by DVBBS X Blackbear at #68, Delaney Jane‘s “Bad Habits” at #78, and “Getting Closer” by New City #83.

The Beaches still dominate rock radio with “T-Shirt” while Dear Rouge is up to #5 with “Live Through the Night”.

Nickelback Has Three Albums in Billboard US’s All-Time Chart

It’s always nice to see Canadian recording artists triumph in foreign lands. Billboard US has compiled all-time charts in celebration of the magazine’s 60th anniversary. It would be difficult to compile all-time charts at home because a consistent official chart for Canada has not been in place over the years. They would tell a different story as musical tastes, releases, and content regulations differ among countries. Still, let’s take a look at what Canadian artists, songs, and albums became massive hits south of the border.

The all-time songs chart begins at #100 with synth-driven power ballad “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Britus act foreigner.

The first maple-glazed entry appears at #85 – “You’re Still the One” from country pop superstar Shania Twain, her crossover hit from 1998.

At #81, find “Sugar, Sugar” by virtual group The Archies, composed by Jeff Barry and Canada’s Andy Kim. The song was included on the “Stars on 45” medley which topped the year-end RPM chart in Canada for 1981.

Americanadian Robin Thicke beat out Elton John’s Princess Di tribute song and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” with “Blurred Lines” perched at #51.

Carly Rae Jepsen one-ups Robin at #50 with “Call Me Maybe” the most downloaded song in the world in 2012.

Alberta’s Nickelback lands at #45 with 2001’s smash “How You Remind Me”. It was apparently the most played song on US radio through the entire 2000s decade.

Justin Bieber’s feature in Fonsi & Yankee’s “Despacito” helps it climb up to #33 beating out Irene Cara’s “Flashdance”.

Percy Faith and His Orchestra edges out Chic’s “Le Freak” to grip the #23 spot with easy listening masterpiece “Theme from a Summer Place”.

Bryan Adams anchors himself at #21 with 1991’s “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”. The song was featured in Kevin Costner’s feature film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”.

And that’s it! The number one song on the chart is Chubby Checker’s 1960 cover of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters’ “The Twist” in case you were wondering.

Were there Canadian songs you were surprised didn’t make the all-time Hot 100?

The all-time Hot 100 artists has Bryan Adams at #45, Paul Anka at #69, and Céline Dion at #87 (with The Beatles at #1).

The all-time Billboard 200 albums (with Adele’s 21 at #1) sees the following:

7. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette
9. All the Right Reasons, Nickelback
14. Come on Over, Shania Twain
21. Falling Into You, Céline Dion
58. Let Go, Avril Lavigne
78. My World 2.0, Justin Bieber
162. Silver Side Up, Nickelback
164. Let’s Talk About Love, Céline Dion
169. Reckless, Bryan Adams
177. Harvest, Neil Young
182. Dark Horse, Nickelback

July 17, 2018 Charts: “In My Feelings” Is #1

A full decade ago, July 17, 2008, the number one song in Canada was Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”, while Kardinal Offishall was tops for CanCon thanks to “Dangerous” (#3). Coldplay had the biggest album, “Viva la Vida…” and Canadian gypsy jazz group The Lost Fingers was at #7 with Lost in the 80s. King at the box office was Hellboy II, but The Dark Knight was about to open. July 2008 was a fairly uneventful month both within and without the country. On the 21st, following a 12-year manhunt, Radovan Karadžić was arrested in Serbia on allegations of war crimes.

Returning 10 years to the present, Drake is perched on top of the Hot 100, but this week it is with “In My Feelings” which replaces his “Nonstop” from last week. “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando is at #4. Alessia Cara’s “Growing Pains” vaults up to #48. The biggest surprise on the Hot 100 is the appearance of a Franco track which we haven’t seen for a while. It is “Toutes Les Femmes Savent Danser” from Montreal rapper Loud which squeaks in at #100. Drake’s Scorpion spends its second week at the zenith of the Albums chart. The Launch spawned supersingle “Ain’t Easy” from Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine strikes #1 at AC radio.

July 10, 2018 Charts: Drake’s Scorpion Stings Like Nobody’s Business

The Billboard Canadian Hot 100 published its first chart at the spring equinox of 2007. It was a time that saw the film 300 on top of the box office. Statistics Canada had just announced that, for the first time in history, the three territories had officially surpassed a combined population of 100,000, via 2006 census data. Canadian artists held the top 3 spots on the Albums chart. Neil Young was #1 with his Live at Massey Hall 1971, Arcade Fire #2 with Neon Bible, and at #3 was Finger Eleven’s Them Vs. You Vs. Me. On that very first Hot 100 chart were a total of 33 Canadian artist songs, one-third of the chart, from 25 domestic artists (six authoring more than one entry). In those days, radio airplay was the dominant factor in determining the chart with digital downloads (a relatively new phenomenon) and the fading CD single holding a lesser sway. The #1 song on that chart was “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne.

Times have changed.

Fast forwarding to July 10, 2018, tops at the cinemas is Ant-Man and the Wasp. Greyhound has announced shutting down operations in western Canada; apparently ticket sales have plummeted since the horrific incident in 2008 which we will not get into. The number one album in the land is Scorpion by Drake. Not yet available in physical format, streaming and digital downloads are the key determiners, and, as tracks from the album fare better on the Hot 100 than on the Digital chart, one can assume that the weighting falls mostly on the side of streaming for the former chart. Do record labels have warehouses filled with devices that stream albums 24/7 to drive up the numbers? Conspiracy theorists of the world unite!

Scorpion achieves 70,000 consumption units, the highest one-week total for an album so far in 2018. It breaks the record for a one-week streaming total at 70 million. Six of its tracks make the Top 50 on the Digital chart with only one in the Top 10 – “Don’t Matter to Me” featuring the late Michael Jackson. It’s a song that came to Drake by way of the founding father of Canadian rock and roll, Paul Anka. With the release of the album, Drake authors or is featured in a total of 27 entries on the Hot 100, 22 of which made the Top 40, and six the Top 10. “Non Stop” is the biggest song in the country, “Nice For What” #3, “Don’t Matter to Me” #4, “God’s Plan” #6, “I’m Upset” #7, and “In My Feelings” #9. Drake has broken a number of chart records in the United States, with the American Hot 100 dating back much further than the Canadian one.

Does the much stronger performance on the Hot 100 than the Digital chart suggest that, although people felt inclined to stream the album, plugged heavily by the media, few felt it, or its tracks, were good enough to purchase? Perhaps some are waiting for its release on CD.

Returning to our initial review of the first Canadian Hot 100 chart in the spring of 2007 with 25 Canadian artists populating, we can compare that to this week’s chart with only six artists. In just over a decade, there are no artists in common.

June 26, 2018 Charts: Alessia Cara’s Growing Pains Debuts on Hot 100

A quarter century ago, June 26, 1993, typhoon Koryn was wreaking havoc on China and The Philippines. Canada received its first female Prime Minister whose initials had something to do with The Sunshine Band. To some, 25 years ago seems like yesterday, especially upon mentioning that Rod Stewart’s live record Unplugged … and Seated ruled the Albums Chart. As far as the singles went, Janet Jackson was tops with “That’s the Way Love Goes”. Sven Gali had the number one CanCon with the grammatically incorrect “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” (#9). Smashing box office records, the original Jurassic Park was king of the movies.

Fast forwarding to June 26, 2018, following the murder of US rapper, XXXTentacion, his album titled with a lone question mark, i.e. ?, vaults to the zenith of the Albums chart, and no Canadian artist album debuts in the top 25 this week.

“Growing Pains” by Alessia Cara debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at #60. Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” spends its third week at the summit despite its debuting (#24) just this week at All-Format Airplay. “Born to Be Yours” by Norway’s Kygo and the USA’s Imagine Dragons debuts at #1 on Hot Digital Songs.

Top CanCon on the various radio formats are as follows:

CHR – “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando (#1)
ROCK – “T-Shirt” by The Beaches (#1)
COUNTRY – “One Drink Ago” by Dallas Smith & Terri Clark (#3)
AC – “Ain’t Easy” by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine (#2)
HOT AC – “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando (#3)
FRANCO (Quebec Only) – “Empire” by Marie-Mai
ALL FORMAT – “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando (#2)

Summer Solstice 2018 Charts: Loud Luxury Is #5

It was the start of summer 1978 only 40 years ago. Comic strip Garfield was brought into being. Heartbreak permeated youth culture as both The Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman television series had recently been cancelled airing their final episodes. Cinema didn’t offer much of an alternative, as poorly received sequel Jaws 2 ruled the box office. The music at the time however was uninterruptedly excellent. The top album was the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, and the late, great, somewhat forgotten Andy Gibb scored #1 hit “Shadow Dancing”.

Fast forwarding to the summer solstice of 2018, “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando has achieved a new peak position on the Billboard Hot 100. The EDM charmer by the Canadian outfit now stands at #5. It is the new artist success story of the year, curiously overlooked by Canadian media which seems intent instead on hyping new artists that few seem to like. “Body” is #1 at Hot 100 Airplay, #1 at CHR/Top 40 Radio, and #5 at Hot Digital. Here’s an impressive stat from Nielsen music regarding the players: “They are the first Canadian act to top the CHR chart with their first charted song since Avril Lavigne’s ‘Complicated’ in 2002.”

Alessia Cara‘s “Growing Pains” and Delaney Jane‘s “Feel Good” enter the CHR Airplay chart at #33 and #35 respectively. It is Cara’s highest debut position to date on the radio format. Returning to #1 at Rock Radio is “T-Shirt” by The Beaches. Gord Bamford‘s “Dive Bar” dives into Country Airplay at #43.

The Charts June 12, 2018

On this day 20 years ago, i.e. June 12, 1998, the FIFA World Cup was underway in France. On its own turf that country defeated Brazil 3-0 to take the prize. Tops at the box office was Peter Weir’s sci-fi satire The Truman Show starring Canadian actor Jim Carrey. The best-selling album was various artists compilation Now3 with tracks from Aqua, Great Big Sea, Jewel, and The Verve among others. “The Way” by Fastball, a somewhat forgotten song, crowned the singles chart, while Sarah McLachlan owned the top Canadian entry “Adia” at #3.

The best-selling album this week, June 12, 2018, is Coeur De Pirate‘s En Cas De Tempête Ce Jardin Sera Fermé, though it settles for 4th place in terms of consumption units which includes track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). It is her fourth straight album to debut in the top five. At the summit of the Top Albums chart is Ye by American rapper Kayne West.

On the Billboard Hot 100, Drake‘s “Nice for What” is bumped to #2 by the new track from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, “Girls Like You”. No new Canadian artist entries appear on the chart this week. Marie-Mai‘s “Empire” slays the Franco airwaves in Quebec.

Excitement abounds, as Alessia Cara will be dropping a new track this Friday entitled “Growing Pains” lifted off her upcoming second studio album. Also out on Friday is the newest album from duo Chromeo, Head Over Heels. In 2014, the outfit’s song “Jealous” made it to #12 on the Hot 100.

June 5, 2018 Charts: Mendes’ 3rd #1 Album, The Beaches #1 at Rock

Thirty years ago this week, Crocodile Dundee II was tops at the box office, probably not the best of sequels. The number one single was “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil, while the top Canadian artist track was “I’m Still Searching” from Glass Tiger at #2. Kick by Australia’s INXS ruled the albums chart.

Fast forward from early June 1988 to early June 2018, and Shawn Mendes enters the albums chart at #1 with his eponymous disc. It earned 32,000 consumption units. This means that all three of the teen star’s albums have debuted at the summit of the chart. Speaking of threes, Shawn Mendes is the third 2018 Canadian artist album to reach #1, the other two being The Weeknd‘s My Dear Melancholy and Tory Lanez’s Memories Don’t Die. Several tracks from the Shawn Mendes album land on the Hot 100.

“Nice for What” by Drake retakes the top spot on the Hot 100 while his latest single “I’m Upset” enters at #13. “Body” by Loud Luxury edges to #5. The presumptuous “What You Want” by Belly & The Weeknd debuts on the chart at #47.

As has been the case for many weeks now, only the top couple of songs in the Emerging Artists chart appear on the Hot 100.

“The Bad Guy” from Meghan Patrick debuts on All-Format Airplay’s Top 50 at #43. Scoring a #1 hit at Rock Radio with “T-Shirt” is all-female rock band The Beaches. New at Country is Brett Kissel‘s “Guitars and Gasoline” (#41), while Scott Helman causes a “Ripple Effect” at AC (#36).

Éric Lapointe continues to dominate Franco albums with gold-certified Délivrance. Loud enjoys hot sales for digital track “Toutes les femmes savent danser”. The top Franco radio hit in Quebec is “Au sommet” by 2Frères.

In terms of Canadian music slaying on the international charts, Drake’s “Nice for What” is #1 in the USA, #2 in the UK, and #5 in Australia. Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood” is #10 down under. His self-titled album debuted at #1 in both the USA and Australia and #3 in the UK. Americans love Drake. Besides the aforementioned “Nice for What”, “God’s Plan” is #3 on the U.S. Hot 100 and “Yes Indeed” with Lil Baby is #6.

Headlines and Footdots for May 19, 2018

It has been quite a week. The Eurovision song contest declared a winner; there was a major plane crash near the city where half of Camila Cabello’s heart is; a Laurel versus Yanny debate surged; the “never again” slogan proved presumptuous via Santa Fe, Texas; beloved Canadian actress Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve Superman movies, has departed from this world; and there was a Royal Wedding which attracted far more fans than the current US President’s inauguration. Regarding Canadian music, here’s the latest…

She Had to Work for the Prism Prize

Canadian R&B singer CDW a.k.a. Charlotte Day Wilson was crowed winner of the 2018 Prism Prize which grants a cash reward to what is deemed the best/most artistic Canadian music video of the year. Her MV for song “Work”, the whole of which features pedestrians on an escalator, pleased the judges most.

Surrounding the awards was talk of the potential demise of higher-budget music videos made for Canadian B-list artists due to the folding up of muscular funding bodies like MuchFACT. Since its inauguration in 1984, The Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent awarded $100 million to 9,000 projects.

The gala proceeded at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox at which the 10 shortlisted MVs were screened, the artists being Grimes, Jessie Reyez, Leonard Cohen, Daniel Caesar, Feist, PUP, CRi, Alvvays, Alice Glass, and Charlotte Day Wilson.

Director Fantavious Fritz, director of Charlotte’s “Work”, won the grand prize of $15,000 for best Canadian music video. He declared that part of the money would be used to create a one-time music video grant for a female director.

Three other awards were given out at the shindig: The audience award, selected by public vote from the top 20 long-list, which went to directors Keaven Yazdani and Sean Brown for Daniel Caesar’s “Freudian, a Visual”; The hi-fidelity award, “presented to a Canadian recording artist with a strong visual identity in music video art,” that went to Grimes; and The Lipsett award for “an innovative and unique approach to music video art” that went to Karena Evans, who directed Drake’s “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” as well as Belly’s “The Come Down Is Real Too.”

The Furious Five Populate 2018 BBMA Nominations

If you have been following Canadian Music Blog, you know who we mean by “the furious five” – Alessia Cara, Drake, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd – currently the most internationally charting of Canadian recording artists. The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will take place tomorrow night (Sunday, May 20) at 5 p.m. Pacific, broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and hosted by U.S. singer Kelly Clarkson. Canada’s Shawn Mendes will be one of the performers. He is nominated for Top Social Artist. Drake has 9 nominations, Justin Bieber 8, The Weeknd 4, and Alessia Cara 1 (Top Dance/Electronic song with Zedd).

CCMA Awards: First Three Performers Announced

As far as Canadian award shows go, there have been more announcements regarding the CCMAs (Canadian Country Music Association awards). The top selling female country artist of all-time internationally, Shania Twain, will do hosting duties. This week, the first three performers were announced: Lindsay Ell, High Valley, and New Zealand born Keith Urban. The nationwide broadcast (CBC) happens from FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton on Sunday, September 9, at 5 p.m. Pacific.

Lindsay Ell recently pulled off a feat that no other Canadian female soloist has been able to muster for a full decade: she scored a number one country radio hit for her song “Criminal”. It also cracked into the Top 20 in the United States. Her album The Project was named the #1 Critic’s Choice Country Album of the Year by Billboard magazine. Lindsay is from Calgary, hometown of such other aces as Paul Brandt, Jann Arden, Kiesza, and Tegan & Sara.

Also from Alberta is two-time CCMA Award Group of the Year winning bro-duo High Valley. Song “She’s with Me” reached #7 on the Billboard US Country Airplay chart (yes, you read that right). Since 2011, the brothers have placed 10 songs on the Canadian Hot 100. “I Be U Be” made it to #1 at Canadian country radio.

Eric Lapointe and Loud Luxury Rip Up the Charts

Rocker Eric Lapointe scored a #2 album with Delivrance this week, outshone only by Post Malone. On the Digital Chart, Celine Dion‘s “Ashes” from the Deadpool 2 soundtrack, debuted at #5; it appeared on the Hot 100 at #72. Great news for Loud Luxury‘s “Body”, the big success story of the year. The single, now a double platinum one, is #10 on the Hot 100 and currently sits at #2 on iTunes just behind the new release from The Backstreet Boys. Shawn Mendes‘ “Youth” debuted at #22.

Lindsay Ell Scores First Female Canadian #1 Country Song in 10 Years!

From the city of Crowchild Trail, Benny the Bear, and the Saddledome, Calgary’s Lindsay Ell, discovered by Randy Bachman when she was just 15, has just done something no other female Canadian artist has been able to do for 10 long years.

Releasing her gold, magenta, and vermillion tinged album The Project in 2017, hailed by Billboard magazine as the best country album of the year, Lindsay let loose the blistering track “Criminal”, and it has decimated the charts. It is the number one country radio single in the land, and the first from a maple-femme artist since Terri Clark’s “In My Next Life” from 2008. “Criminal” has also entered the Top 20 in the United States’ nationwide country airplay chart!

For many years, a Canadian artist was unable to scratch the surface of the country charts until Gord Bamford’s fireball, “When Your Lips Are So Close” in November 2013. This was followed by a string of number ones by Canadians, but all gentlemen: “Bounty” by Dean Brody, “Wastin’ Gas” by Dallas Smith, “Airwaves” by Brett Kissel, “Autograph” by Dallas Smith, “Side Effects” by Dallas Smith, “I Be U Be” by High Valley, “Chills” by James Barker Band, “Sky Stays This Blue” by Dallas Smith, “Sleepin’ Around” by Dallas Smith, and “8th Day” by Dean Brody.

On the accomplishment, Lindsay states, “I am humbled and grateful to be the first female artist to have a #1 since 2008 on the Canadian country radio charts. Sometimes you work so hard for the things you want, they feel surreal when they happen. Thank you country radio for believing in me and making this possible. Thank you to each and every fan for never giving up on me. I will try my best to continue to make you proud.”

Ell is currently on tour with Brad Paisely and will join Sugarland for 20+ dates in the summer. She is set to play with Keith Urban in Canadian arenas in September. Check out her website for dates.

By scoring a number one country hit, Lindsay Ell has blown the field wide open for Canadian women. 

We embed the MV for “Criminal” below. As you can hear, it’s very catchy with delicious vocal hooks and excellent guitar work from Lindsay Ell herself.