Music Sales Top 10 Lists, 2019, Canada

Putting aside data from the stream farms, we have Top 10 lists of the best-selling albums in Canada for 2019 by total sales, digital album sales (excluding so-called TEA – track equivalent albums), and CD sales. We also include the Top 10 digital song sales. Radio spins are determined by program directors and streaming by checking out music being promoted. The only way to tell if people truly like a song or album is if it is actually bought. Sales speak louder than streams. All data here is from Neilsen Music Canada.

Among all albums from both Canadian and international artists, it is Céline Dion who emerges victorious with her album Courage. It sold 83,000 physical and digital copies in Canada in 2019. It was also the best-selling CD with 78,000 discs sold. Billie Eilish is champ when it came to digital albums. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? sold 24,000 digital copies. CD sales were also strong for the album which finished the year in 6th place for 37,000 copies. In the songs department, unsurprisingly, Lil Nas X’s blockbuster hit “Old Town Road” reigns supreme with 210,000 digital downloads. Check out the four Top 10 lists below. Canadian artists have been inked in red.

TOP 10 ALBUMS IN CANADA, 2019 BY TOTAL SALES

1 Celine Dion Courage 83,000
2 Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? 69,000
3 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper A Star is Born Soundtrack 65,000
4 Bryan Adams Shine A Light 61,000
5 Backstreet Boys DNA 61,000
6 Taylor Swift Lover 61,000
7 Harry Styles Fine Line 42,000
8 Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins 40,000
9 Tool Fear Inoculum 37,000
10 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack) 37,000

TOP 10 ALBUMS IN CANADA, 2019 BY DIGITAL SALES

1 Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? 24,000
2 Tool Fear Inoculum 20,000
3 Taylor Swift Lover 19,000
4 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born Soundtrack 17,000
5 Ed Sheeran No. 6 Collaborations Project 14,000
6 Corey Hart Dreaming Time Again 14,000
7 Queen Greatest Hits I 12,000
8 P!nk Hurts 2b Human 12,000
9 Ariana Grande thank u, next 11,000
10 Billie Eilish Dont Smile At Me 8,000

TOP 10 ALBUMS IN CANADA, 2019 BY CD SALES

1 Celine Dion Courage 78,000
2 Bryan Adams Shine A Light 60,000
3 Backstreet Boys DNA 55,000
4 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born Soundtrack 45,000
5 Taylor Swift Lover 38,000
6 Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? 37,000
7 Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins 35,000
8 Harry Styles Fine Line 34,000
9 Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding 28,000
10 Passe-Partout Coucou Passe-Partout 27,000

TOP 10 SONGS IN CANADA, 2019 BY DIGITAL SALES

1 Lil Nas X Old Town Road 210,000
2 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Shallow 134,000
3 Billie Eilish bad guy 103,000
4 Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello Senorita 99,000
5 Lewis Capaldi Someone You Loved 96,000
6 Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber I Don’t Care 91,000
7 Post Malone & Swae Lee Sunflower 72,000
8 Blanco Brown The Git Up 65,000
9 Jonas Brothers Sucker 61,000
10 Ariana Grande 7 Rings 57,000

2019 Canadian Artist Top Ten Albums

Seven Canadian artist albums topped the weekly Album Chart through 2019, two more than last year. However, while 22 albums made the weekly Top Ten in 2018, only 19 had the distinction in 2019. (These numbers do not include albums released in previous years that made comebacks, like Michael Bublé’s perennial favourite, Christmas). Albums authored by homegrown talent have declined in number on the charts over the past few years summarized below with the number of Top 10 Canadian albums per year.

2016 – 36
2017 – 26
2018 – 22
2019 – 19

No Canadian artist album released in 2019 has been certified platinum. Only three went gold as indicated in the list below. The 19 Top Ten albums represent artists from only three provinces: Quebec, Ontario, and BC. We’ve listed the albums chronologically by chart date and bolded those that reached #1 and reddened those that have gone gold.

Head Above Water – Avril Lavigne, #5 – Feb 26
Shine a Light – Bryan Adams, #1 – Mar 12 (Gold)
Phantoms – Marianas Trench, #4 – Mar 12
Serge Fiori, Seul Ensemble – Various Artists, #5 – Mar 19
Bad Habits – Nav, #1 – Apr 2 (Gold)
La Voix 2019 – Various Artists, #10 – Apr 30 (Gold)
Dreaming Time Again (EP) – Corey Hart, #3 – May 14
L’etrange Pays – Jean Leloup, #1 – Jun 5
Tout Ca Pour Ca – Loud, #3 – Jun 5
Case Study 01 – Daniel Caesar, #6 – Jul 9
Care Package – Drake, #1 – Aug 13
A Pill for Loneliness – City and Colour, #1 – Oct 16
Les Antipodes – Les Cowboys Fringants, #3 – Oct 16
Wave – Patrick Watson, #2 – Oct 29
A Blemish in The Great Light – Half Moon Run, #3 – Nov 12
Courage – Celine Dion, #1 – Nov 26
Chixtape 5 – Tory Lanez, #2 – Nov 26
Thanks for the Dance – Leonard Cohen, #1 – Dec 3
En Attendant Noel – Isabelle Boulay, #5 – Dec 3

Billboard Hot 100 Canadian Artist Hits in 2019

As we have previously reported on several occasions, the number of Canadian artists appearing on the national weekly charts, and certainly within the Top 40, has sharply declined since the chart metrics began to incorporate streaming data.

The number of Canadians who debuted a song as the main artist in 2019 that made the weekly Canadian Hot 100’s Top Forty is an abysmal nine. They are Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Drake, Nav, PartyNextDoor, Ali Gatie, JP Saxe, Felix Cartal, and Lights (the latter two co-authored a track). Our concern is not for the A-Listers, as these are doing well. The C-Listers (indie artists) are always chipping away doing their own thing. Our concern is primarily for the B-Listers, the middle class if you will, who are disappearing.

If we compare the pitiful figure of nine in 2019 to 2013’s number, the last full year before streaming data was in the mix, we find that 26 Canadian artists made the cut. That’s a mighty drop.

The good news this year is that more Franco tunes appeared on the weekly Hot 100: six in all. “Tu Trouveras La Paix” from various artists with proceeds to Alzheimer’s research reached the highest peak position of #51. The song was dedicated to Canadian singer Renée Claude who was diagnosed with the illness. Two Franco tracks (still on the charts as of December 31, 2019) have managed to remain for 12 weeks each. A side note is that, when we began this blog in 2011, one of our dreams/goals was to witness a Francophone performance at the JUNO Awards. That dream came true this year, and we are extremely grateful and were driven to tears.

Thirteen tracks by Canadians as the main artist made the Top 40 through the year. None reached the top but two made it to #2. One of them, Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You” spent an impressive 29 weeks on the charts before bowing out in late November. A dozen entries graced the Top Forty that were partially credited to Canadians, whether featured in tracks by international artists or co-credited as the main artist. Only one of these crowned the Hot 100, that being “Seniorita” from the aforementioned Mendes and Cuban singer Camila Cabello of former R&B group Fifth Harmony.

For the 31 tunes listed below, we have indicated those that debuted on the charts prior to 2019 (there are two) with an asterisk (*) as well as tracks that were still on the charts as of December 31 (there are 11) with a cross (†). The latter may reach higher peak positions in 2020. Interestingly, Michael Bublé‘s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, released in 2011, reached its highest peak position in 2019 at #14 and is looking to be a perennial favourite.

Below are 2019’s significant hits with Canadian artist involvement divided into three categories: Franco hits that made the Hot 100, Canadian artist hits that made the Top 40, and partially Canadian hits that made the Top 40.

Canadian Hot 100 Franco Hits

Tu Trouveras La Paix – Various Artists, #51 on Mar 19
Coton Ouate† – Bleu Jeans Bleu, #56 on Nov 19
L’amerique pleure† – Les Cowboys Fringants, #64 on Oct 15
Sometimes, All the Time – Loud ft. Charlotte Cardin, #72 on Jun 04
L’etrange pays – Jean Leloup, #76 on Jun 04
Fallait y aller – Loud, #99 on Jun 04

Canadian Artist Top 40 Hits

If I Can’t Have You – Shawn Mendes, #2 on May 14
Blinding Lights† – The Weeknd, #2 on Dec 10
Heartless† – The Weeknd, #3 on Dec 10
Money in the Grave – Drake, #5 on Jun 25
Omerta – Drake, #8 on Jun 25
…Look a Lot Like Christmas*† – Michael Buble, #14 on Dec 31
Price on My Head – Nav ft. The Weeknd, #18 on Apr 02
Loyal† – PartyNextDoor ft. Drake, #19 on Dec 03
It’s You – Ali Gatie, #25 on Oct 29
Behind Barz – Drake, #28 on Oct 01
With You* – Tyler Shaw, #34 on Jan 08
If the World Was Ending† – JP Saxe, #34 on Dec 24
Love Me – Felix Cartal & Lights, #38 on Aug 13

Top 40 Hits Partially Credited to Canadians

Seniorita† – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, #1 on Aug 27
I Don’t Care† – Justin Bieber & Ed Sheeran, #2 on May 21
10,000 Hours† – Dan+Say & Justin Bieber, #2 on Oct 15
Con Calma – Daddy Yankee ft. Snow, #6 on Jun 18
No Guidance – Chris Brown ft. Drake, #7 on Jun 18
Lalala† – Y2K & bbno$, #10 on Oct 01
I’m Not Alright – Loud Luxury & Bryce Vine, #13 on Oct 08
Lost in the Fire – The Weeknd and Gesaffelstein , #14 on Jan 22
Takeaway – Chainsmokers & Illenium ft. Lennon Stella, #31 on Aug 06
Gold Roses – Rick Ross ft. Drake, #33 on Aug 06
Won’t Be Late – Swae Lee ft. Drake, #34 on Aug 27
Jerry Sprunger – Tory Lanez & T-Pain, #34 on Nov 26

CKOI 2019 Year-End Top 50

C’est quoi? Well, that’s a good question. Montreal radio station CKOI has published a year-end Top 50 chart annually since 1976. It includes both international and Canadian and both Anglo and Franco songs. While the latter have a tough time making it onto the national charts, the CKOI chart gives us a good idea of the more popular Franco songs by year. Of all the year-end charts, this one is the most inclusive offering a very balanced presentation. There is greater variety of genres with pop, rock, dance, R&B, folk, soul, and even country. Because of this and other factors, you may find on the chart international Anglo songs that are absent from English language radio playlists. The top Canadian Franco song of 2019 on the chart is “L’Amérique Pleure” by Les Cowboys Fringants (#9). We have bolded and tagged entries with (F) to indicate Franco tunes, all of which are by Canadian artists this year. A total of nine of these made the year-end Top 50.

1.  Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
2.  Dance Monkey – Tones And I
3.  Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
4.  Con Calma – Daddy Yankee
5.  Senorita – Shawn Mendes & Camella Cabello
6.  Ritmo – The Black Eyed Peas
7.  One Thing Right – Marshmello
8.  Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Mark Ronson
9.  L’Amérique Pleure – Les Cowboys Fringants (F)
10.  Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons
11.  You Say – Lauren Daigle
12.  Memories – Maroon 5
13.  Don’t Give Up On Me – Andy Grammer
14.  Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
15.  Piece Of Your Heart – Meduza
16.  Circles – Post Malone
17.  Coton Ouate – Bleu Jeans Bleu (F)
18.  Outnumbered – Dermot Kennedy
19.  Take What You Want – Post Malone
20.  You’re Somebody Else – Flora Cash
21.  Lendemain – Koriass (F)
22.  Keeping Me Alive – Jonathan Roy
23.  Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy
24.  Flatte – Fred Tremblay (F)
25.  Can We Pretend – Pink
26.  I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
27.  Giant – Calvin Harris
28.  Alleys – Domeno (F)
29.  South Of The Border – Ed Sheeran
30.  Only Human – Jonas Brothers
31.  Hey Now – Barry Moore
32.  Without Me – Halsey
33.  Ride it – Regard
34.  Ouvre tes yeux Simon! – Les Trois Accords (F)
35.  Higher Love – Kygo
36.  I’m Not Alright – Loud Luxury
37.  Time – NF
38.  Love Me Anyway avec Chris Stapleton – Pink
39.  Pour commencer – Alex Nevsky (F)
40.  Love Someone – Lukas Graham
41.  Sweet but Psycho – Ava Max
42.  Fous n’importe où – Charlotte Cardin (F)
43.  Trampoline – Shaed
44.  Orphans – Coldplay
45.  Walk Me Home – Pink
46.  Ne m’appelle pas – Coeur de Pirate (F)
47.  Don’t Call Me Up – Mabel
48.  Waves – Dean Lewis
49.  Montreal – Port Cities
50.  Sucker – Jonas Brothers

Billboard Top Canadian Albums Year-End Chart For 2019

Soundtrack to the movie that has been re-done… how many times now?… A Star Is Born, with songs voiced this time around by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, was the number one album of 2019 in Canada according to Billboard. It is not a 2019 album however being released last year. The top 2019-released album is Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, at #2 overall. The American singer’s vocals, sounding like claws scraping the enamel off her teeth, has managed to obtain a double platinum standing in the Great White North. The highest album from a Canadian artist on the year-end Top 50 is Scorpion by nasally rapper Drake at #5, but again it was an album released in 2018. The 2019 album from a Canadian that bested all others can be found towards the bottom of the chart at #41, and that is Bad Habits from NAV. Yes, he literally rapped his way … to the bottom of the charts.

The Top 50 contains only 15 albums (30%) released in 2019 and 24 albums from 2018 (48%). The remaining 11 were released in prior years dating back to 2005, representing 22% of the chart. Eight of the albums (16%) are helmed by Canadian artists. View the year-end 2019 Top 50 albums in Canada below.

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
1 A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper 2018
2 When We All Fall Asleep… Billie Eilish 2019
3 thank u, next Ariana Grande 2019
4 beerbongs & bentleys Post Malone 2018
5 Scorpion Drake 2018
6 Hollywood’s Bleeding Post Malone 2019
7 Hoodie SZN A Boogie Wit da Hoodie 2018
8 ASTROWORLD Travis Scott 2018
9 Free Spirit Khalid 2019
10 No.6 Collaborations Project Ed Sheeran 2019
11 Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) Queen 2018
12 Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes 2018
13 ÷ (Divide) Ed Sheeran 2017
14 Lover Taylor Swift 2019
15 dont smile at me Billie Eilish 2017
16 Love Michael Buble 2018
17 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Soundtrack 2018
18 This One’s For You Luke Combs 2017
19 Goodbye & Good Riddance Juice WRLD 2018
20 ? XXXTENTACION 2018
21 Championships Meek Mill 2018
22 Origins Imagine Dragons 2018
23 Stoney Post Malone 2016
24 Diamonds Elton John 2017
25 Kamikaze Eminem 2018
26 Happiness Begins Jonas Brothers 2019
27 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem 2005
28 7 (EP) Lil Nas X 2019
29 Delta Mumford & Sons 2018
30 Cuz I Love You Lizzo 2019
31 Death Race For Love Juice WRLD 2019
32 The Greatest Showman Soundtrack 2017
33 American Teen Khalid 2017
34 Sweetener Ariana Grande 2018
35 Invasion Of Privacy Cardi B 2018
36 Drip Harder Lil Baby & Gunna 2018
37 DUMMY BOY 6ix9ine 2018
38 Dan + Shay Dan + Shay 2018
39 I Am > I Was 21 Savage 2018
40 Evolve Imagine Dragons 2017
41 Bad Habits NAV 2019
42 Divinely Uninspired… Lewis Capaldi 2019
43 DNA Backstreet Boys 2019
44 Yer Favorites The Tragically Hip 2005
45 Pray For The Wicked Panic! At The Disco 2018
46 Not All Heroes Wear Capes Metro Boomin 2018
47 Christmas Michael Buble 2011
48 Shine A Light Bryan Adams 2019
49 LoVE me NOw? Tory Lanez 2018
50 Hurts 2B Human P!nk 2019

Billboard Canada Hot Digital Songs of 2019 Year-End Chart

In many ways the digital songs chart is superior to what is considered the authoritative chart – the Hot 100, the latter being heavily influenced by streaming. Whether or not someone likes a song cannot be determined by radio airplay (that is settled upon by program directors), nor can it be determined by streaming. People stream to check out songs being promoted to decide whether or not they like them. Whether or not record companies have warehouses full of devices streaming their songs 24-7 to drive up the numbers is anybody’s guess (conspiracy theorists of the world unite!) But once a person spends money on a song, there is no denying that it resonates with him. Upon examining the chart below, we find some striking differences with the year-end Hot 100. Songs like “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne, which didn’t make the Hot 100, show up here. On the other hand, Drake tracks that littered the Hot 100 are nowhere to be found on the digital chart.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Old Town Road Lil Nas X
2 Shallow Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
3 Bad Guy Billie Eilish
4 Senorita Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
5 I Don’t Care Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
6 Sunflower Post Malone & Swae Lee
7 High Hopes Panic! At The Disco
8 Without Me Halsey
9 Someone You Loved Lewis Capaldi
10 Happier Marshmello & Bastille
11 The Git Up Blanco Brown
12 Sucker Jonas Brothers
13 Wow. Post Malone
14 Walk Me Home P!nk
15 Sweet But Psycho Ava Max
16 7 Rings Ariana Grande
17 You Say Lauren Daigle
18 Dancing With A Stranger Sam Smith & Normani
19 Truth Hurts Lizzo
20 Always Remember Us This Way Lady Gaga
21 Con Calma Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry Featuring Snow
22 Knockin’ Boots Luke Bryan
23 God’s Country Blake Shelton
24 You Need To Calm Down Taylor Swift
25 Youngblood 5 Seconds Of Summer
26 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
27 Nothing Breaks Like A Heart Mark Ronson
28 Eastside benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid
29 ME! Taylor Swift
30 If I Can’t Have You Shawn Mendes
31 Girls Like You Maroon 5
32 Thank U, Next Ariana Grande
33 Perfect Ed Sheeran
34 One Thing Right Marshmello & Kane Brown
35 Natural Imagine Dragons
36 Beer Never Broke My Heart Luke Combs
37 Be Alright Dean Lewis
38 Sicko Mode Travis Scott
39 Beautiful People Ed Sheeran
40 Bury A Friend Billie Eilish
41 Higher Love Kygo X Whitney Houston
42 Bad Liar Imagine Dragons
43 Taki Taki DJ Snake
44 Circles Post Malone
45 Head Above Water Avril Lavigne
46 I’m Not Alright Loud Luxury And Bryce Vine
47 Whiskey Glasses Morgan Wallen
48 Never Really Over Katy Perry
49 I’ll Never Love Again Lady Gaga
50 Broken lovelytheband

Canadian Hot 100 Labels and Imprints of 2019

Based on the success of their artists’ singles on the Canadian Hot 100, Billboard has ranked the record labels and imprints of 2019. Find two Top 10 lists below for those. The top label, unsurprisingly, is Universal and most successful imprint is Republic.

Canadian Hot 100 Record Labels of 2019

1. Universal
2. Sony Music
3. Warner
4. EMPIRE
5. eOne
6. Physical Presents
7. No Love
8. Glassnote
9. AWAL-Kobalt
10. Monstercat

Canadian Hot 100 Imprints of 2019

1. Republic
2. Interscope
3. Columbia
4. Atlantic
5. Capitol
6. RCA
7. Island
8. Darkroom
9. Epic
10. Joytime Collective

Billboard Canadian Hot 100 Artists of 2019, Year-End Chart

The Top 25 recording artists in Canada for 2019 determined by success of tracks on the Hot 100 finds Italian American singer Ariana Grande as champion. The top Canadian artist is Drake at #10 followed by fellow Ontarian Shawn Mendes at #11. They are the only two homegrown artists to make the chart.

1. Ariana Grande
2. Post Malone
3. Billie Eilish
4. Lil Nas X
5. Halsey
6. Khalid
7. Travis Scott
8. Ed Sheeran
9. Jonas Brothers
10. Drake
11. Shawn Mendes
12. Taylor Swift
13. Marshmello
14. Juice WRLD
15. Panic! At The Disco
16. Lil Tecca
17. Swae Lee
18. Lady Gaga
19. Cardi B
20. 5 Seconds Of Summer
21. Sam Smith
22. Lizzo
23. Camila Cabello
24. Lewis Capaldi
25. Maroon 5

Billboard Canadian Hot 100 of 2019, Year-End Chart

Billboard Canada’s year-end top 100 singles of 2019 are listed below. The top song of the year is novelty smash “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Rae Cyrus, a 2 minute and 37 second affair. The top track involving a Canadian artist is “I Don’t Care” by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber at #8. With a lone Canadian as the artist, Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You” takes the crown at #21. We have cleaned up the list by removing the eyesore of featured artists on this year’s chart unless it was a Canadian. Dual main artists are kept. Canadian artists are bolded in red. There are 14 entries with a Canadian as the main, co-main, or lone featured artist. 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 Old Town Road Lil Nas X
2 Sunflower Post Malone & Swae Lee
3 Bad Guy Billie Eilish
4 Without Me Halsey
5 Happier Marshmello & Bastille
6 Shallow Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
7 7 Rings Ariana Grande
8 I Don’t Care Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
9 Wow. Post Malone
10 Senorita Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
11 Thank U, Next Ariana Grande
12 Sucker Jonas Brothers
13 Sicko Mode Travis Scott
14 Dancing With A Stranger Sam Smith & Normani
15 Girls Like You Maroon 5
16 High Hopes Panic! At The Disco
17 Eastside benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid
18 Sweet But Psycho Ava Max
19 Someone You Loved Lewis Capaldi
20 Ran$om Lil Tecca
21 If I Can’t Have You Shawn Mendes
22 Talk Khalid
23 Truth Hurts Lizzo
24 Going Bad Meek Mill Ft. Drake
25 Youngblood 5 Seconds Of Summer
26 Money In The Grave Drake 
27 Con Calma Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry Ft. Snow
28 You Need To Calm Down Taylor Swift
29 Beautiful People Ed Sheeran 
30 The Git Up Blanco Brown
31 Break Up with Your Girlfriend… Ariana Grande
32 Goodbyes Post Malone
33 Mo Bamba Sheck Wes
34 Better Khalid
35 ME! Taylor Swift
36 Middle Child J. Cole
37 Pop Out Polo G
38 Taki Taki DJ Snake
39 One Thing Right Marshmello & Kane Brown
40 Panini Lil Nas X
41 Bury A Friend Billie Eilish
42 Better Now Post Malone
43 No Guidance Chris Brown Ft. Drake
44 Lalala Y2K & bbno$
45 Close To Me Ellie Goulding X Diplo
46 Be Alright Dean Lewis
47 Walk Me Home P!nk
48 ZEZE Kodak Black
49 Circles Post Malone
50 Swervin A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
51 Pure Water Mustard & Migos
52 Here With Me Marshmello
53 When The Party’s Over Billie Eilish
54 Lucid Dreams Juice WRLD
55 I’m Not Alright Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine
56 Thotiana Blueface
57 Murder On My Mind YNW Melly
58 The London Young Thug, J. Cole & Travis Scott
59 Look Back At It A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
60 Drip Too Hard Lil Baby & Gunna
61 Nothing Breaks Like A Heart Mark Ronson 
62 Knockin’ Boots Luke Bryan
63 Higher Love Kygo X Whitney Houston
64 Never Really Over Katy Perry
65 It’s You Ali Gatie
66 How Do You Sleep? Sam Smith
67 Only Human Jonas Brothers
68 Beer Never Broke My Heart Luke Combs
69 In My Feelings Drake
70 God’s Country Blake Shelton
71 SOS Avicii 
72 Saturday Nights Khalid & Kane Brown
73 Love Me Felix Cartal & LIGHTS
74 Who Do You Love The Chainsmokers
75 Suge DaBaby
76 MIA Bad Bunny Ft. Drake
77 Boyfriend Ariana Grande & Social House
78 Breathin Ariana Grande
79 I Like It Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
80 Don’t Call Me Up Mabel
81 Dance Monkey Tones And I
82 Beautiful Crazy Luke Combs
83 Cross Me Ed Sheeran 
84 A Lot 21 Savage
85 Baby Shark Pinkfong
86 Robbery Juice WRLD
87 South Of The Border Ed Sheeran 
88 Body Loud Luxury Ft. Brando
89 Broken lovelytheband
90 Look What God Gave Her Thomas Rhett
91 Giant Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man
92 Go Loko YG, Tyga & Jon Z
93 Arms Around You XXXTENTACION x Lil Pump
94 Summer Days Martin Garrix
95 Shotta Flow NLE Choppa
96 Lover Taylor Swift
97 Piece Of Your Heart Meduza 
98 Let Me Down Slowly Alec Benjamin + Alessia Cara
99 Highest in the Room Travis Scott
100 Whiskey Glasses Morgan Wallen

10 Things to Know About the May 28, 2019 Charts

1. The drought of CanCon in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 continues. Although there are a few tracks involving Canadian artists, no officially Canadian song appears in the Top 40. The highest charting CanCon track is “Love Me” by Felix Cartal & Lights, at #49 on the Hot 100.

2. “Old Town Road” spends its 7th week at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The novelty song from rapper Lil Nas X featuring country singer Billy Ray Cyrus was co-penned by industrial band Nine Inch Nails’ members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross c/o “34 Ghosts IV”.

3. Carly Rae Jepsen‘s fourth studio album Dedicated enters the Albums chart at #16. Debuting on top is Father Of Asahd from US artist DJ Khaled.

4. Half of the Top 10 albums are debuts. Besides Father of Asahd, Tyler the Creator’s Igor enters at #2, The National’s I Am Easy to Find at #4, Rammstein’s German-language self-titled effort at #5, and Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired to A Hellish Extent at #10.

5. Now behind “Old Town Road”, “I Don’t Care” from Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber slips from the top spot to #2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart. The song snatches the melody from Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Too Much”.

6. “Sucker” from The Jonas Brothers crowns four radio format charts: Hot 100 Airplay, All Format, CHR, and Hot AC.

7. “Lo/Hi” from The Black Keys continues its reign at Rock Radio; Arkells‘ “Hand Me Downs” is tops for a Canadian act at #4.

8. “Keep It Simple” becomes James Barker Band‘s second number one single at Country Radio replacing fellow Canadian MacKenzie Porter‘s “About You”. It is the ninth song from a homegrown artist to reach the summit in 2019.

9. AC Radio is thinking Pink who has the #1 song at the format – “Walk Me Home”. Scott Helman helms the Canadian contingent with “Hang Ups” at #3.

10. With the success of “Love Me” with Lights, Felix Cartal is the champ on the Emerging Artists chart.

2018’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medThe most successful track of 2018 by a Canadian artist was “God’s Plan” by Drake. Reaching #1 on the weekly charts, it finished the year as its third most popular song. Four Drake tracks topped the weekly Hot 100 through the year and one from The Weeknd making a total of five number one hits by Canadians through 2018. The most successful French language single of the year was “Toutes les femmes savent dansers” from rapper Loud. It topped the year-end CKOI chart (which includes non-Franco and non-Canadian entries) and made the Billboard weekly Hot 100 at #94. A second French language single that appeared on the Hot 100 was Yes Mccan’s Desiree (#96).

A dozen Franco entries from Canadians made the CKOI year-end Top 50 and nine from Canadians the year-end Billboard Hot 100 plus an additional five with Canadians as the featured or co-credited artist. A total of 49 tracks involving Canadians reached their peak positions within the Top 40 in 2018. We have listed below French language songs from Canadian artists that made the annual CKOI year-end Top 50 or made the Billboard Hot 100. After that we list tracks from Canadians that made the Billboard year-end top 100 or peaked in the weekly Top 40. Finally we list entries with Canadians as featured or co-credited artists.

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

2018 CKOI Franco Hits

TITLE ARTIST CY HW
Toutes les femmes savent danser Loud 1 94
Des p’tits bouts de toi Roxane Bruneau 6
Fille de personne II Hubert Lenoir 9
Vintage à l’os Séba et Horg 12
Cinq à Sept Koriass 23
Belle folie Éric Lapointe 28
On perd la tête Swing 32
Empire Marie-Mai 35
Ça va Emile Bilodeau 38
Léo Gagné 2Frères 42
Dans la nuit Coeur de Pirate 45
Corinne Les Trois Accords 48
Desiree Yes Mccan 96

2018 Billboard Canada Hits

TITLE ARTIST HY HW
God’s Plan Drake 3 1
Body Loud Luxury Ft. Brando 5 3
Nice For What Drake 9 1
In My Feelings Drake 11 1
In My Blood Shawn Mendes 34 9
Call Out My Name The Weeknd 44 1
Nonstop Drake 62 1
I’m Upset Drake 71 5
Ain’t Easy Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine 84 38
Don’t Matter to Me Drake 4
Dipomatic Immunity Drake 6
Try Me The Weeknd 7
Wasted Times The Weeknd 8
Mob Ties Drake 11
I Was Never There The Weeknd 12
Emotionless Drake 13
Elevate Drake 15
Can’t Take a Joke Drake 16
Hurt You The Weeknd 17
Talk Up Drake 17
Survival Drake 18
8 Out of 10 Drake 19
Lost in Japan Shawn Mendes 22
Privilege The Weeknd 22
Youth Shawn Mendes 22
Summer Games Drake 27
Sandra’s Rose Drake 28
Blue Tint Drake 30
That’s How You Feel Drake 34
Growing Pains Alessia Cara 36
Jaded Drake 36
Peak Drake 37
Head Above Water Avril Lavigne 37
Is There More Drake 38
Finess Drake 39
After Dark Drake 40

2018 Partially Canadian Hits

TITLE ARTIST HY HW
Look Alive Drake (featured) 23 4
Despacito Justin Bieber (featured) 25 *
Pray For Me The Weeknd & K. Lamar 33 5
Walk It Talk It Drake (featured) 52 14
Yes Indeed Lil Baby & Drake 74 7
Mia Drake (featured) 3
Going Bad Drake (featured) 3
Jackie Chan Dzeko & Tiesto 7
Kika Tory Lanez (featured) 13
No Stylist Drake (featured) 16
Never Recover Drake (featured) 16
Ghost Town PartyNextDoor (featured) 21
Wouldn’t Leave PartyNextDoor (featured) 24
Flip the Switch Drake (featured) 26

* – Weekly peak achieved in 2017, also made the year-end 2017 chart.

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It’s All About You: MacKenzie Porter Slays Country Radio

Medicine Hat, Alberta’s MacKenzie Porter becomes the latest homegrown artist to crown the Billboard Canadian Country Airplay chart with one of her recent singles, “About You”. This is the hard-working actress, singer, and songwriter’s first number one single. MacKenzie has in the past managed to appear in the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.

Canadian country radio has in recent years proved a tough nut to crack for domestic artists. Through 2014, none reached the summit. We have listed below all Canadian artist singles that have hit number one since 2013. Those of you who like to create playlists may consider putting these champs into one. As you can see, the horizon began to brighten in 2017 when four touched the tip. There were seven lucky victors in 2018. And, so far in 2019, though it is only mid-May, we have already surpassed 2018’s year-long total, as MacKenzie Porter’s “About You” becomes the eighth Canadian artist song to reach number one.

Some stats are as follows. Canadian artist songs that have reached number one since 2013 number at 24. Only two of these have stayed at the top for more than a week – Dallas Smith’s “Wastin’ Gas” and High Valley’s “I Be U Be”, both at 2 weeks each. The number of unique Canadian artists who have scored a number one hit since 2013 number at 16. The most successful of these is Dallas Smith who has placed seven at the summit. Four female artists have hit the top spot with one song each, the first being Lindsay Ell who bust open the bars with “Criminal”, the first number one from a Canadian female soloist in a decade.

MacKenzie Porter’s “About You” is a fabulous song.

List of #1 Songs at Domestic Country Radio by Canadian Artists

2013
When Your Lips Are So Close, Gord Bamford (1 week, Nov 30)
Bounty, Dean Brody (1 week, Dec 7)

2014
(None)

2015
Wastin’ Gas, Dallas Smith (2 weeks, Jan 31-Feb 7)
Airwaves, Brett Kissel (1 week, Oct 30)

2016
Autograph, Dallas Smith (1 week, Nov 26)

2017
Side Effects, Dallas Smith (1 week, Apr 22)
I Be U Be, High Valley (2 weeks, May 27-June3)
Chills, James Barker Band (1 week, Jul 1)
Sky Stays This Blue, Dallas Smith (1 week, Aug 26)

2018
Sleepin’ Around, Dallas Smith (1 week, Jan 27)
8th Day, Dean Brody (1 week, Mar 3)
Criminal, Lindsay Ell (1 week, Apr 14)
Dive Bar, Gord Bamford (1 week, Sep 22)
Make ‘Em Like You, Dallas Smith (1 week, Oct 27)
Who’s Gonna Love You, Tebey (1 week, Nov 24)
Walls Come Down, Meghan Patrick (1 week, Dec 22)

2019
Feels Like That, The Reklaws (1 week, Jan 26)
Somebody’s Daughter, Tenille Townes (1 week, Feb 2)
You Are, Aaron Goodvin (1 week, Feb 16)
Rhinestone World, Dallas Smith (1 week, Mar 16)
Better When I Do, Aaron Pritchett (1 week, Apr 6)
Lost, Hunter Brothers (1 week, Apr 13)
Forever’s Gotta Start Somewhere, Chad Brownlee (1 week, Apr 27)
About You, MacKenzie Porter (May 25)

CKOI Year-End Top 50 of 2018

C’est quoi? Well, Montreal radio station CKOI has published a year-end Top 50 chart annually since 1976. It includes both international and Canadian and both Anglo and Franco songs. While the latter have a tough time making it onto the national charts, the CKOI chart gives us a good idea of the more popular Franco songs by year. Of all the year-end charts, this one is the most inclusive offering a very balanced presentation. There is greater variety of genres with pop, rock, dance, R&B, folk, soul, and even country. Because of this and other factors, you may find on the chart international Anglo songs that are absent from English language radio playlists. The top Canadian Franco song of 2018 on the chart is “Toutes les femmes savent danser” by rapper loud (#1). We have put initials after the artist name to indicate Canadian Franco (cf) and Canadian Anglo (ca). Of the Top Fifty, 15 involve Canadian artists, up from 13 last year but down from 18 in 2016.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Toutes les femmes savent danser loud (cf)
2 Zombie Bad Wolves
3 Body (feat. Brando) Loud Luxury (ca)
4 Natural Imagine Dragons
5 Leave a Light On Tom Walker
6 Des p’tits bouts de toi Roxane Bruneau (cf)
7 Be Alright Dean Lewis
8 One Kiss Calvin Harris
9 Fille de personne II Hubert Lenoir (cf)
10 High Hopes Panic! At The Disco
11 Genius LSD
12 Vintage à l’os Séba et Horg (cf)
13 New Rules (Acoustic) Dua Lipa
14 Girls Like You Maroon 5
15 Familiar Liam Payne
16 Best Friend Sofi Tukker
17 Promises Calvin Harris
18 Shallow Lady Gaga
19 Meant to Be BEBE REXHA
20 Shotgun George Ezra
21 Where’s My Love SYML
22 These Days Rudimental
23 Cinq à Sept Koriass (cf)
24 Simple Florida Georgia Line
25 Youngblood 5 Seconds Of Summer
26 Thunderclouds LSD
27 Better Now Post Malone
28 Belle folie Éric Lapointe (cf)
29 Have It All Jason Mraz
30 Whatever It Takes Imagine Dragons
31 Paradise George Ezra
32 On perd la tête Swing (cf)
33 Nevermind Dennis Lloyd
34 Jackie Chan Dzeko ft. Preme (ca)
35 Empire Marie-Mai (cf)
36 Power Over Me Dermot Kennedy
37 Say Something Justin Timberlake
38 Ça va Emile Bilodeau (cf)
39 Almost Home Sultan + Shepard (ca)
40 That’s It (I’m Crazy) Sofi Tukker
41 Sober Up AJR
42 Léo Gagné 2Frères (cf)
43 Happier Marshmello
44 I Feel Like I’m Drowning Two Feet
45 Dans la nuit Coeur de Pirate (cf)
46 Let You Down NF
47 Love Someone Lukas Graham
48 Corinne Les Trois Accords (cf)
49 Flames David Guetta & Sia
50 Crazy Lost Frequencies

2018 Weekly Billboard Hot 100 Statistics

This week, the final 2018 weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart was released, and we can now look at some statistics to recap the year.

First off, a total of 89 tracks by or featuring Canadian artists debuted on the Hot 100 in 2018. Only 30 Canadian artists were involved in these, most of them responsible for only one entry. Drake is king having placed 26 as the main artist, 1 as the co-main, and 7 as a featured artist; this makes a total of 34 entries. In second place is The Weeknd with a total of 9. Tory Lanez has 7. With 6 apiece are NAV and Shawn Mendes. Two French language tracks made the charts in 2018: Loud’s “Toutes les femmes savent danser” and Yes Mccan’s “Désirée”.

Three tracks released in 2017 reached their peak positions in 2018 (none reaching the Top 40), and some songs debuting on the charts at the end of 2018 may peak in 2019. Of note, Michael Bublé’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” which debuted on the charts in 2011 re-entered the charts at the end of 2018 reaching a new peak position (#34).

The number of tracks debuting in 2018 which entered the Top Forty is 49 meaning more than half of the 89 made it. Only two female soloists contributed to these: Alessia Cara and Avril Lavigne. Entering the Top Ten were 18 songs. Reaching #1 were five, four of them from Drake (“God’s Plan”, “In My Feelings”, “Nice for What”, and “Nonstop”) and one from The Weeknd (“Call Out My Name”). Ten Canadian acts landed on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 2018.

Streaming data was incorporated into the Hot 100 in September 2014. One of the casualties of the new metrics is a sharp decline in the number of Canadian artists on the chart. The year prior to the incorporation of streaming data, 2013, saw 89 Canadian artists land Hot 100 hits. The year when streaming data was counted saw this drop to 67. The year 2015 witnessed 50 and 2016 had 45. Last year, 2017, was graced by 34, and now 2018 sees a paltry 30. Therefore, streaming has cut the number of Canadian artists on the chart by roughly one-third. See these numbers more dramatically illustrated in the graph below. Below that find a list of the 30 Canadian artists and how many 2018 hits they scored as the main, co-main, or featured artist. Artists charting for the first time in 2018 are in green.

CANADIAN ARTIST TOTAL MAIN CO-M FT
Alessia Cara 2 2
Anders 1 1
Avril Lavigne 1 1
Belly 2 1 1
Carly Rae Jepsen 1 1
Celine Dion 1 1
Chad Brownlee 1 1
Daniel Caesar 1 1
Delaney Jane 1 1
Dragonette 1 1
Drake 34 26 1 7
DVBBS 1 1
Dzeko 1 1
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine 2 2
Jade Eagleson 1 1
Jessie Reyez 2 1 1
Killy 1 1
Loud 1 1
Loud Luxury 2 1 1
NAV 6 4 2
New City 1 1
PartyNextDoor 3 3
Preme 1 1
Scott Helman 1 1
Shaun Frank 1 1
Shawn Mendes 6 6
The Weeknd 9 6 2 1
Tory Lanez 7 6 1
Tyler Shaw 2 2
Yes Mccan 1 1

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