Billboard Year-End Canadian Hot 100 Artists of 2018

Billboard has published a year-end chart for the Top 25 artists of 2018 based on the chart performance of their Hot 100 singles in Canada. Drake takes the crown; he was #2 last year. Only three other homegrown acts join him on the chart: The Weeknd (#14), Shawn Mendes (#20), and Loud Luxury squeaks in at #25. They are bolded in red in the chart below.

  1. Drake
  2. Post Malone
  3. Ed Sheeran
  4. Cardi B
  5. Camila Cabello
  6. XXXTENTACION
  7. Imagine Dragons
  8. Dua Lipa
  9. Ariana Grande
  10. Eminem
  11. Khalid
  12. Marshmello
  13. Maroon 5
  14. The Weeknd
  15. Travis Scott
  16. Migos
  17. Taylor Swift
  18. Juice WRLD
  19. Kendrick Lamar
  20. Shawn Mendes
  21. 6ix9ine
  22. Florida Georgia Line
  23. Nicki Minaj
  24. Bebe Rexha
  25. Loud Luxury
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Billboard Top Canadian Albums of 2018, Year-End Chart

Billboard Canada has released its year-end Top 50 albums chart for 2018. The #1 album in Canada for the year was Scorpion by Drake. By the time this chart was unveiled, the album had been certified double platinum by Music Canada. Two older albums from the Torontonian urban artist also made the Top 50 this year – 2017’s More Life (#27) and 2016’s Views (#38). Only three other homegrown acts appear in the chart. Shawn Mendes lands at 19th of the year for his self-titled third studio album. Yer Favourites from The Tragically Hip, a greatest hits compilation from 2005, takes #30. The Weeknd has two entries: this year’s EP My Dear Melancholy hits #37 and 2016’s Starboy does better at #28. This makes a total of only seven Canadian artist albums in the Top 50 for 2018. Last year saw 12. In the chart below we have bolded Canadian artists in red.

TITLE ARTIST
1 Scorpion Drake 
2 ÷ (Divide) Ed Sheeran 
3 beerbongs & bentleys Post Malone 
4 reputation Taylor Swift 
5 Revival Eminem 
6 Stoney Post Malone 
7 Evolve Imagine Dragons 
8 ? XXXTENTACION 
9 Beautiful Trauma P!nk 
10 Kamikaze Eminem 
11 Black Panther Soundtrack Various Artists
12 Culture II Migos 
13 ASTROWORLD Travis Scott 
14 Invasion Of Privacy Cardi B 
15 Red Pill Blues Maroon 5 
16 Camila Camila Cabello 
17 The Greatest Showman Various Artists
18 American Teen Khalid 
19 Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes 
20 DAMN. Kendrick Lamar 
21 Graffiti U Keith Urban 
22 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem 
23 17 XXXTENTACION 
24 Dua Lipa Dua Lipa 
25 Goodbye & Good Riddance Juice WRLD
26 The Beautiful & Damned G-Eazy 
27 More Life Drake 
28 Starboy The Weeknd 
29 The Thrill Of It All Sam Smith 
30 Yer Favorites The Tragically Hip 
31 A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
32 Luv Is Rage 2 Lil Uzi Vert 
33 Perception NF 
34 KOD J. Cole 
35 Sweetener Ariana Grande 
36 This One’s For You Luke Combs 
37 My Dear Melancholy (EP) The Weeknd 
38 Views Drake 
39 x Ed Sheeran 
40 Queen Nicki Minaj 
41 Life Changes Thomas Rhett 
42 Man Of The Woods Justin Timberlake 
43 Without Warning 21 Savage, Offset, Metro Boomin
44 From The Fires Greta Van Fleet 
45 Tha Carter V Lil Wayne 
46 Life Of A Dark Rose Lil Skies
47 ye Kanye West 
48 Youngblood 5 Seconds Of Summer 
49 Tell Me You Love Me Demi Lovato 
50 24K Magic Bruno Mars

Billboard Canadian Hot 100 of 2018, Year-End Chart

Billboard Canada has released the year-end top 100 singles of 2018 which are listed below. The top song of the year is “Havana” by Cuba’s Camila Cabello, formerly with United States based R&B group Fifth Harmony. The top track by a Canadian artist is “God’s Plan” by Drake at #3. We have cleaned up the list by removing the eyesore of featured artists on this year’s chart unless it was a lone Canadian. Dual main artists are kept. Canadian artists are bolded in red. There are 15 entries with a Canadian as the main, co-main, or lone featured artist. Eight of these involve Drake. The Canadian Hot 100 is determined by a weighting system of radio airplay, online streaming, and purchased downloads. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Havana Camila Cabello
2 Perfect Ed Sheeran
3 God’s Plan Drake
4 Rockstar Post Malone
5 Body Loud Luxury Ft. Brando
6 Girls Like You Maroon 5
7 Meant To Be Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
8 Psycho Post Malone
9 Nice For What Drake
10 I Like It Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
11 In My Feelings Drake
12 The Middle Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
13 No Tears Left To Cry Ariana Grande
14 Better Now Post Malone
15 Sad! XXXTENTACION
16 Friends Marshmello & Anne-Marie
17 New Rules Dua Lipa
18 Thunder Imagine Dragons
19 One Kiss Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
20 Lucid Dreams Juice WRLD
21 Love Lies Khalid & Normani
22 Finesse Bruno Mars & Cardi B
23 Look Alive BlocBoy JB Ft. Drake
24 Never Be The Same Camila Cabello
25 Despacito Fonsi & Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
26 Youngblood 5 Seconds Of Summer
27 Wolves Selena Gomez X Marshmello
28 Silence Marshmello
29 River Eminem
30 Taste Tyga
31 Jackie Chan Tiesto & Dzeko Ft. Preme & Post Malone
32 Back To You Selena Gomez
33 Pray For Me The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
34 In My Blood Shawn Mendes
35 This Is America Childish Gambino
36 Delicate Taylor Swift
37 Let You Down NF
38 Whatever It Takes Imagine Dragons
39 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
40 All The Stars Kendrick Lamar & SZA
41 Gucci Gang Lil Pump
42 Feel It Still Portugal. The Man
43 Him & I G-Eazy & Halsey
44 Call Out My Name The Weeknd
45 Mine Bazzi
46 Say Something Justin Timberlake
47 Too Good At Goodbyes Sam Smith
48 I Fall Apart Post Malone
49 Ric Flair Drip Offset & Metro Boomin
50 FEFE 6ix9ine
51 Sicko Mode Travis Scott
52 Walk It Talk It Migos Ft. Drake
53 Solo Clean Bandit
54 Plug Walk Rich The Kid
55 Unforgettable French Montana
56 What Lovers Do Maroon 5
57 No Limit G-Eazy
58 Let Me Go Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso
59 Freaky Friday Lil Dicky
60 Eastside Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid
61 How Long Charlie Puth
62 Nonstop Drake
63 MotorSport Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B
64 IDGAF Dua Lipa
65 No Brainer DJ Khaled Ft. Justin Bieber et al.
66 God Is A Woman Ariana Grande
67 Mi Gente J Balvin & Willy William
68 Happier Marshmello & Bastille
69 Bad At Love Halsey
70 Bodak Yellow Cardi B
71 I’m Upset Drake
72 Moonlight XXXTENTACION
73 Nevermind Dennis Lloyd
74 Yes Indeed Lil Baby & Drake
75 Stir Fry Migos
76 Not A Love Song Bulow
77 Plain Jane A$AP Ferg
78 I Love It Kanye West & Lil Pump
79 Bartier Cardi Cardi B
80 These Days Rudimental
81 Young Dumb & Broke Khalid
82 Ball For Me Post Malone
83 Powerglide Rae Sremmurd & Juicy J
84 Ain’t Easy Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
85 Wait Maroon 5
86 Simple Florida Georgia Line
87 Echame La Culpa Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato
88 Changes XXXTENTACION
89 Natural Imagine Dragons
90 Zombie Bad Wolves
91 I’m A Mess Bebe Rexha
92 Remind Me To Forget Kygo
93 Heaven Kane Brown
94 Dusk Till Dawn Zayn
95 X Nicky Jam x J Balvin
96 OTW Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign & 6LACK
97 King’s Dead Jay Rock, K. Lamar, Future & J. Blake
98 Gummo 6ix9ine
99 Marry Me Thomas Rhett
100 Praise The Lord A$AP Rocky

October 23, 2018 Charts

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).

October 16, 2018 Charts

It’s time to get nostalgic again. Before we get to this week’s charts, we’re going back one full decade to October 16, 2008. What was hot at that time?

10 Years Ago: October 16, 2008

Television: American Idol dominated the boob tube in the first half of the year. Canadian Idol had shut down for good in September. In October, viewers were engaged with Brooke Burke and Derek Hough who went on to win Dancing with the Stars.

Film: Max Payne starring Mark Wahlberg based on the video game of the same name was the biggest hit at the box office this week.

News: Spotify music streaming service had recently been launched in Sweden. British Columbia’s Highway 2 had a natural gas pipeline bombing today.

Albums: US punk band Rise Against topped the charts with album Appeal to Reason. Canadian act Mes Aieux was at #2 with La Ligne Orange.

Songs: Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” was the hottest track in Canada. Nickelback’s “Gotta Be Somebody” was moving up the charts, at #4 this week.

The Charts: October 16, 2018

Alexandra Streliski‘s pretty piano album Inscape debuts at #8 on the Albums Chart which is led this week by the soundtrack to A Star Is Born starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. A number of the latter’s tracks populate the Billboard Hot 100. The former is Alexandra’s first Top 10 album.

Alessia Cara‘s “Trust My Lonely” is new in the CHR Top 40 at #37. Aaron Goodvin‘s “You Are” wheels into the Country Top 50 at #46. Michael Bublé‘s new one “Love You Anymore” is #36 at AC Radio. Hot AC is showing some likings for the Zedd remix of Shawn Mendes‘ “Lost in Japan”, at #35. There’s nothing new this week at Rock Top 40.

October 9, 2018 Charts

It’s time to get nostalgic again. Before we get to this week’s charts, we’re going back 15 years to October 9, 2003. What was hot at that time?

15 Years Ago: October 9, 2003

Television: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was dominating TV screens, an American procedural forensics crime-drama series.

Film: School of Rock starring Jack Black was tops at the box office. He played a struggling guitarist who was kicked out of his band subsequently disguising himself as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.

News: After serving 19 years of his 25-to-life sentence, a jury found Colin Thatcher eligible to apply for early parole. He was a politician convicted of the murder of his ex-wife, JoAnn Wilson. The early application was rejected by the National Parole Board. He was paroled in late 2006.

Albums: Nickelback’s The Long Road was the best seller in the country for three weeks. It went on to sell half a million copies domestically.

Songs: “Someday” from Alberta’s Nickelback spent three weeks atop the Canadian Singles Chart.

The Charts: October 9, 2018

Kevin Hart is so short, he calls Lil Wayne, Wayne.
—Justin Bieber, Comedy Central Roast

US rapper Lil Wayne has the top album in Canada, Tha Carter V. Fifteen of its tracks populate the Hot 100, the highest charting of which is “Mona Lisa” at #7. Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” remains at #1 for the seventh week. “Shallow” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper crowns the Hot Digital chart. It is from the new motion picture A Star Is Born. Shawn Mendes‘ “Lost in Japan” re-enters the Hot 100 picking up CHR airplay, at #40 on the latter chart this week.

Grand Prairie, Alberta’s Tenille Townes debuts on Country Airplay at #41 with “Somebody’s Daughter”. Avril Lavigne‘s “Head Above Water” appears at #27 on AC Radio. It is the only song by a Canadian female soloist to peak in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 through 2018 aside from Alessia Cara‘s “Growing Pains”. The song also jumps to #36 at Hot AC.

October 2, 2018 Charts

It’s time to get nostalgic again. Before we get to this week’s charts, we’re going back two decades to October 2, 1998. What was hot at that time?

20 Years Ago: October 2, 1998

Television: Beginning its fifth season, medical drama ER had the top Nielsen ratings this week.

Film: Animated adventure comedy Antz ruled the box office on October 2, 1998.

News: In a few days, Canada was to be elected to a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Toys: Furbies, Tiger Electronic’s fuzzy, owl-like dolls, created quite the frenzy in 1998. They initially spoke Furbish – a made up language you could translate with a dictionary that was included with the doll – but as you interacted with them, your Furby would learn to speak English.

Albums: Mechanical Animals by American artist Marilyn Manson debuted at #1 on the Canadian albums chart bumping Céline Dion’s S’il Suffisait D’aimer to #3.

Songs: “Crush” by US singer Jennifer Paige was the #1 song in Canada. “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies was the top Canadian artist single, #7 this week.

The Charts: October 2, 2018

Without radio support, Avril Lavigne‘s “Head Above Water” debuts in the Top 40 at #37 on digital sales and streaming alone. The Hot Shot debut, at #16, is “No Stylist” by French Montana which features Drake. The former song is #2 at Hot Digital Songs and the latter #17.

Metric‘s Art of Doubt lands on the Albums Chart at #5.

There is nothing terribly notable on the radio charts this week.

September 25, 2018 Charts

It’s time to get nostalgic again. Before we get to this week’s charts, we’re going back a full quarter century to September 25, 1993. What was hot at that time?

25 Years Ago: September 25, 1993

Television: A new TV season was underway including debut of now classic series The X-Files, shot in Vancouver. At this point, the hottest new series was Frasier which Nielsen ranked at #7 overall for the week. The top-rated show was news documentary program 60 Minutes followed by sitcom Seinfeld.

Film: Psychological thriller The Good Son, written by Ian McEwan, directed by Joseph Ruben, and starring Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood, was king of the box office this week.

News: The Cambodian monarchy was restored with king Norodom Sihanouk taking reign.

Toys: Originally created as a non-functioning prop for movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, demand had Tiger Electronics send this toy for mass manufacture. It became known as Talkboy, a handheld, variable speed cassette player and recorder with spinoffs Talkgirl and the Talkboy Pen. They were red hot commodities in 1993.

Albums: Various Artists’ Dance Mix ’93 spent its second week on top of the albums chart. The compilation included “Rhythm Is a Dancer” by Snap, “Move This” by Technotronic, and “Gonna Make You Sweat” by C+C Music Factory. The highest charting Canadian artist album this week was North Country by The Rankin Family at #9.

Songs: Spending its second week at the summit of the singles chart was Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover”. Americanadian group Hemingway Corner was at #12 with “Man on a Mission”.

The Charts: September 25, 2018

US rapper Eminem lands at #1 on the Hot 100 with “Killshot”. “Better Off” by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine debuts on the chart at #96. Although it did not make the Hot 100, Avril Lavigne’s “Head Above Water” materializes on the Hot Digital Songs chart at #14. US country artist Carrie Underwood makes her mark atop the albums chart with Cry Pretty.

“Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 is tops at Hot 100 Airplay, All-Format, CHR, and Hot AC. “Sawed Off Shotgun” by The Glorious Sons champions Rock; “Simple” by Florida Georgia Line, Country; and “Body” by Loud Luxury, AC. “Love No More” by Loud Luxury x Anders debuts on All-Format at #44. Three new tracks, all from Canadians, enter the Country Top 50: “Walls Come Down” by Meghan Patrick #43, “Young As We Are Tonight” by Terri Clark #47, and “Feels Like That” by The Reklaws #49. Marie-Mai shuffles into AC with “Je Decolle.

The Franco radio chart in the Canadian province of Quebec has Brandon Mig’s “Best I’ll Never Have” (French language version) at #1. Richard Séguin’s Retour à Walden – Sur les pas de Thoreau is the best-selling Franco album and Loud’s “Toutes les femmes savent danser” the most purchased French language song.

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

TITLE ARTIST CY
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

TITLE ARTIST HY HW
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 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”.

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.