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.

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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.

Canadian Charts for April 3, 2018: Tyler Shaw Enters the Hot 100

Drake’s “God’s Plan” spends its tenth week at the tip of the Billboard Hot 100. Featured in BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive” gives him two entries in the Top 10; the latter track is at #8. He is joined in the upper reaches by fellow Canadian Shawn Mendes, as “In My Blood” vaults 62-9 with Greatest Gainer honours in both digital and streaming fields. The song smacks into the #1 position on the Digital Songs chart with a 77% download increase. Believe it or not, this is the Pickering, Ontario native’s first number one digital track. Mendes’ “Lost in Japan” gains the Hot Shot Debut designation by entering the chart at #39. The Weeknd‘s “Pray for Me” slips out of the Top 10 to #11. The hottest Canadian artist outside of the furious five (Bieber, Cara, Drake, Mendes, and The Weeknd) these days is Loud Luxury thanks to “Body” featuring Brando which continues to gain steam; the song is now up to #16. “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber refuses to depart from the chart holding on at #23. The Launch alumnus Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine has hovered around the #40 mark for the past few weeks; “Ain’t Easy” sits at #38 this week. The big news outside of the Top 40 is that Tyler Shaw‘s “Cautious” enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #87.

Tenor Marc Hervieux has the hottest new entry on the Top Albums chart, as Nos Chansons debuts at #5. It is his second top five album, the first being 2013’s Mes Plaisirs… which peaked at #2. Yoan, rollicking country rock star and winner of The Voice, enters the chart at #11 with Depuis Longtemps, the follow-up to his chart topping self-titled debut album in 2015.

Monarchs of the various radio formats are Bruno Mars &Cardi B (“Finesse”) for All-Format, The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar (“Pray for Me”) for CHR, Black Pistol Fire (“Lost Cause”) for Rock, Luke Bryan (“Most People Are Good”) for Country, Ed Sheeran (“Perfect”) for AC, and Pink (“Beautiful Trauma”) for Hot AC. With a new EP coming out, Calgary’s Paul Brandt debuts on the Country chart at #33 with new number “All About Her”.

The Juno Awards on March 25 bumped a number of artists up the charts this week. Daniel Caesar, who performed and won R&B/Soul Recording, moves 108-71 with a 32% increase for album Freudian. Shawn Mendes, who picked up a pair of awards – Single of The Year and Fan Choice – leaps 56-36 with a 35% consumption increase for album Illuminate. The Barenaked Ladies, who won the Hall of Fame award and reunited with original member Steven Page, re-enters at #90 with a 229% increase for album All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001). Jessie Reyez, who performed and won Breakthrough Artist, re-enters the chart at #83 with a whopping 231% increase for EP Kiddo. Incidentally, Shawn Mendes gave a shout out to Jessie on Twitter today.

The Charts for March 27, 2018

On the Billboard Top Albums chart, Jann Arden‘s These Are the Days lands at #5. “God’s Plan” by Drake spends its 9th week at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100. Loud Luxury‘s “Body” climbs up to #18 on the chart. Yes McCan‘s “Désirée” materializes at #96. He is a member of rap group Dead Obies.”In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes debuts at #62. The latter new track was #5 at Hot Digital Songs last week, #25 at Hot 100 Airplay, #30 at CHR, and #37 at Hot AC.

March 20, 2018 Charts: Three Days Grace Taps the Nine Ball

Canadian rocker Éric Lapointe has topped iTunes with song “Belle folie” which heralds his upcoming album Délivrance, expected out on Star Wars Day, May 4th.

Billboard’s Top Albums chart sees Three Days Grace debut as insiders in the Top 10; Outsider is #9. Tory Lanez who had the number one album last week drops to #8 with Memories Don’t Die.

French singer Christophe Mae thunders into the Digital Song Sales chart with “Il est ou le Bonheur” at #8.

The Billboard Canadian Hot 100 has two youngling Canadian acts in the Top 40: “Body” by Loud Luxury Ft. Brando at #23 and “Ain’t Easy” by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine at #40. Both have gone gold according to Music Canada. It’s interesting that Toronto auto-tuned rapper Killy has landed track “No Sad No Bad” on the chart without its appearing in the iTunes 200 or receiving any radio airplay. It goes to show how heavily the chart is slanted towards streaming. Also intriguing is that Dutch recording artist Bulow was able to get a CanCon sticker for her click-beat piece “Not a Love Song” debuting on the chart at #88.

Top 100 Singles of 1998 in Canada

According to RPM Magazine, the biggest song of 1998 in Canada was “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion, theme song of blockbuster feature film Titanic by Canadian director James Cameron. While the movie smashed all box office records, the song became Dion’s biggest hit and one of the best-selling singles of all-time worldwide. An incredible total of 41 songs from the year-end top 100 chart below involve Canadian artists who are marked  in red. The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from radio airplay and nationwide sales data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion
2 Adia Sarah McLachlan
3 Torn Natalie Imbruglia
4 Ooh La La Rod Stewart
5 My Father’s Eyes Eric Clapton
6 Truly, Madly, Deeply Savage Garden
7 From This Moment On Shania Twain w/B. White
8 I’m Ready Bryan Adams
9 Crush Jennifer Paige
10 You’re Still the One Shania Twain
11 Back to You Bryan Adams
12 Frozen Madonna
13 Immortality Celine Dion
14 On a Day Like Today Bryan Adams
15 This Kiss Faith Hill
16 As Long As You Love Me Backstreet Boys
17 Mummer’s Dance Loreena McKennitt
18 Cruel Summer Ace of Base
19 One Week Barenaked Ladies
20 Sweet Surrender Sarah McLachlan
21 Recover Your Soul Elton John
22 I’m Your Angel Celine Dion
23 Love, Pain, and the Whole… Amy Sky
24 True Colours Phil Collins
25 Your Life Is Now John Mellancamp
26 Wishing That Jann Arden
27 I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing Aerosmith
28 Kiss the Rain Billie Myers
29 At the Beginning D. Lewis/R. Marx
30 Stop Spice Girls
31 Something About the Way… Elton John
32 Cry Philosopher Kings
33 Hands Jewel
34 I Know You Jann Arden
35 Too Much Spice Girls
36 Looking Through Your Eyes Leann Rimes
37 Ordinary Day Great Big Sea
38 Viva Forever Spice Girls
39 Time Lionel Richie
40 I Do Lisa Loeb
41 Give Me Forever John Tesh w/J. Ingram
42 So Help Me Girl Gary Barlow
43 The Best of Love Michael Bolton
44 I’ll Never Break Your Heart Backstreet Boys
45 High Lighthouse Family
46 Tubthumper Chumbawamba
47 Surrounded Chantal Kreviazuk
48 The Sound Of Jann Arden
49 Thank U Alanis Morissette
50 Kind & Generous Natalie Merchant
51 The Way Fastball
52 My Favourite Mistake Sheryl Crow
53 With These Eyes Roch Voisine
54 Foolish Games Jewel
55 Cry Ophelia Adam Cohen
56 Nobody’s Supposed to… Deborah Cox
57 3 AM Matchbox 20
58 If I Could Joee
59 It’s the End of the World Great Big Sea
60 The Sweetest Thing U2
61 I’ll Be Edwin McCain
62 Lullaby Shawn Mullins
63 Trust Me This Is Love Amanda Marshall
64 Dreams The Corrs
65 Falling Bruce Guthro
66 How Could an Angel… Toni Braxton/Kenny G
67 Miss You Like Crazy The Moffatts
68 Heaven’s What I Feel Gloria Estefan
69 I Wonder Tom Cochrane
70 Your Love J. Brickman w/M. Wright
71 Tell Him Celine Dion & B. Streisand
72 Safe Place From the Storm Michael Bolton
73 Into You 3 Deep
74 I Will Wait Hootie and the Blowfish
75 Hurts to Love You Philosopher Kings
76 Unbound Robbie Robertson
77 Iris Goo Goo Dolls
78 All Roads Lead to You Chicago
79 Never Ever All Saints
80 Show Me Love Robyn
81 Miles to Go Before I Sleep Celine Dion
82 My All Mariah Carey
83 Half on a Baby R. Kelly
84 A Promise I Make Dakota Moon
85 Promise Ain’t Enough Hall & Oates
86 Searchin’ My Soul Vonda Shepard
87 After All These Years A. Cochan w/ J. Brickman
88 Poets Tragically Hip
89 When You Believe W. Houston w/M. Carey
90 Leaving On a Jet Plane Chantal Kreviazuk
91 I Want You Back N’Sync
92 Everywhere Bran Van 3000
93 Ohh It’s Kinda Crazy soulDecision
94 It’s Just My Luck VIP
95 Like I Love You Amy Grant
96 Walk This Road Bruce Guthro
97 Me Paula Cole
98 One Belief Away Bonnie Raitt
99 The Power of Goodbye Madonna
100 I Can’t Go for That The Nylons

This Week’s Charts and a Surprise Hit for Jim Cuddy

Not much to report on the charts this week. Drake remains the captain of the Billboard Hot 100, as “God’s Plan” spends its 4th week on top. He is featured in BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive” which debuts at #4. Also new is Calvin Harris’ “Nuh Ready Nuh Ready” which features Canadian outfit PartyNextDoor at #83. With radio dropping support for Hedley, “Better Days” takes a dive from #54 to #84. The band has withdrawn contention for the three JUNO awards for which it was nominated.

Canada is, as of this writing, up to 19 Olympic medals in the 2018 games. Music is heavily connected to one of them which we’ll talk about in a bit. Previously we listed our first 15 medals as follows:

Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 1,500m
Samuel Girard – Gold – Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 1,000m
Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m
Team Canada – Gold – Figure Skating: Team Event
Mikael Kingsbury – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Moguls
Laurie Blouin – Silver – Snowboard: Ladies’ Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Curling: Mixed Doubles
Alex Gough – Bronze – Luge – Women’s Singles
Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m
Team Canada – Bronze – Figure Skating: Pair Skating
Team Canada – Silver – Luge: Team Relay
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Gold – Speed Skating: Men’s 10,000m

The four latest are these:

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand – Bronze – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Ski Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Bobsleigh: 2-man
Cassie Sharpe – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir – Gold – Figure Skating: Ice Dance

The latter medal won by Tessa and Scott made headlines around the world. It was the top headline at Billboard magazine this morning and made the front page of the BBC. Their final skate brought down the global house so to speak. One American from Texas launched the following Twitter tweet:

Following their gold medal win, the CBC aired a video montage of the couple through their skating years using Jim Cuddy’s “Pull Me Through” (2006) as soundtrack. As a result, the song currently sits at #1 on iTunes. We embed the montage video below for your enjoyment as well as the duo’s final performance for the gold medal win.

Charts Update February 6, 2018

The Dow can’t make up it’s mind. Its name suggests it should keep going down. Perhaps they should rename it after Charles Bergstresser. After all, it’s a big stressor for many. An earthquake strikes Hualian, Taiwan. Western Canadian politicians are tossing oil and wine back and forth. And a sports car is sent into outer space (don’t ask).

In more palatable news…

Drake continues his reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “God’s Plan” and adds another into the Top 40 thanks to his feature in Migos’ “Want to Talk It” (#14). Jim Cuddy, favoured by Dr. Phil over Michael Bublé to host the JUNOs, debuts on the Top Albums chart at #3 with Constellation. “Soldier of Love” by Poesy (from The Launch) finds itself at #17 on Hot Digital. “Pray for Me” co-credited to The Weeknd appears at #25 on CHR, “Au Sommet” by 2Frères at #33 on AC, and Meghan Patrick now has her biggest hit – “Country Music Made Me Do It” which sits at #8 on Country Radio.

Launch of 2018 Charts: No Canadian Artist Song in Top 40

With entertainment news fluttering around the unveiling of the Oscar nominations, we are reminded of the decline of cinema ticket sales in 2017. Why find yourself sitting beside someone with narcotics on his breath, behind a cell phone addict, or in front of a youngin’ who thinks kicking the back of your chair is a good idea when you can stream movies in the comfort of your own home for free? The latter method of consumption is skewing the performance of recording artists on the charts. It will be interesting to see what sense can be made out of them this year and whether they become a carbon copy of the U.S. charts.

Unlike purchases, streaming does not measure how much people like a song because many stream to determine whether or not they like it. They will stream what gets promoted. Also, consider that the streams may result from a song being placed by the service’s staff into a playlist that users listen to. Songs that do not get placed into popular playlists, obviously, will not get streamed.

Another point to consider is that by ignoring the reality that Canada is a multilingual and multicultural society, the music industry is fixated on mining for copper rather than gold, and the exclusion of data from stores and now sites that offer Allophone music is another argument for the charts being an inaccurate reflection of the listening habits of Canadians. Are CD sales from shops in Chinatown, online stores like YesAsia and streaming data from sites like Baidu, Xiami, and even QQ counted toward the Canadian charts? Because that is how millions of Canadians are consuming music these days. Is data from non English language based platforms being counted, because only 58% of Canadians have English as their mother tongue.

Logan Staats topped iTunes with “The Lucky Ones” (#8 through the week on digital sales) but did not make it onto the Hot 100 this week. That should say something. In fact, besides the Bieber feature in “Despacito”, there are no Canadian artist songs in the Hot 100’s Top 40!

At #1 is Cuban singer Camila Cabello, ex-member of U.S. based R&B singing group Fifth Harmony with “Havana”. She also has the top album in Canada, Camila, with an … immodest cover.

Ria Mae tops the Emerging Artists chart with “Bend” which manages to squeeze into the Hot 100 at #93. Hedley is king of All-Format Airplay, with “Better Days” at #7. The Weeknd‘s “Die For You” is the favourite at CHR (#6). “I’ve Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be” by The Sheepdogs is #2 at Rock Radio. Dallas Smith is back at #1, as “Sleepin’ Around” crowns Country Radio. It is his fifth chart topper.

2017 Hits Internationally by or Featuring Canadians

Find below a list of all songs by or featuring a Canadian artist that made it into the year-end Top 100 of Canada (17), The United Kingdom (10), Australia (11), The United States (12), and Japan (3). It is interesting to note that Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” was biggest in Australia where it finished 10th of the year. Aussies also liked “Stay” with Alessia Cara more than the other countries. Brits preferred Drake’s “Passionfruit” over the other nations, while Americans had it in for “Both” featuring the rapper. Enjoy the table below.

TITLE ARTIST CA UK AU US JP
Despacito Ft. Justin Bieber 2 2 2 2  
Starboy  The Weeknd 6 59 42 20  
There’s Nothing Holdin’…  Shawn Mendes 16 16 10 23  
Stay  Zedd & Alessia Cara 22 37 14 17 66
I Feel It Coming  The Weeknd 23 66 39 34  
Passionfruit  Drake 33 30 66 65  
Let Me Love You Ft. Justin Bieber 41     46  
Fake Love  Drake 49 91   37  
Signs  Drake 52        
2U Ft. Justin Bieber 54 64 69    
Scars To Your Beautiful  Alessia Cara 70   87 30  
Treat You Better  Shawn Mendes 71     92  
Friends J. Bieber + BloodPop 83 93 63    
Mercy  Shawn Mendes 84     54  
Reminding Me  Shawn Hook 86        
Party Monster  The Weeknd 91        
Portland  Drake 95        
What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber         21
Sorry Justin Bieber         92
Both Ft. Drake       83  
How Far I’ll Go Alessia Cara     76    
Never Be Like You Ft. Kai     97    
One Dance Drake   80      

CKOI Year-End Top 50 of 2017

lettrage-camion-ckoiC’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 2017 on the chart is (surprise!) “Une p’tite bière” by Anthony Gaudet at #21. Canadian artists are in red. Franco songs are in blue. Of the 50, 13 involve Canadian artists, down from 18 last year.

1 – SHAPE OF YOU / ED SHEERAN

2 – KATCHI / OFENBACH

3 – DESPACITO / LUIS FONSI & JUSTIN BIEBER

4 – BELIEVER / IMAGINE DRAGONS

5 – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS / CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY

6 – BE MINE / OFENBACH

7 – SIGN OF THE TIMES / HARRY STYLES

8 – 13 / ALLAN RAYMAN

9 – TUESDAY / BURAK YETER

10 – ROCKABYE / CLEAN BANDIT & SEAN PAUL

11 – MAIN GIRL / CHARLOTTE CARDIN

12 – FEEL IT STILL / PORTUGAL THE MAN

13 – FEELS / CALVIN HARRIS

14 – NO ROOTS / ALICE MERTON

15 – PERFECT / ED SHEERAN

16 – THUNDER / IMAGINE DRAGONS

17 – ONE MORE LIGHT / LINKIN PARK

18 – UH HUH / JULIA MICHAELS

19 – REDBONE / CHILDISH GAMBINO

20 – WHAT ABOUT US / PINK

21 – UNE P’TITE BIERE / ANTHONY GAUDET

22 – DOWN / MARIAN HILL

23 – RX / THEORY OF A DEADMAN

24 – J’PAS STRESSÉE / ROXANE BRUNEAU

25 – DANCING ON MY OWN / CALUM SCOTT

26 – THERE’S NOTHING HOLDIN’ ME BACK / SHAWN MENDES

27 – ROADTRIP / LES CHIENS DE RUELLES

28 – GALWAY GIRL / ED SHEERAN

29 – SKIN / RAG’N’BONE MAN

30 – YOUNG DUMB & BROKE / KHALID

31 – T’EMBELLIS MA VIE / YANN PERREAU

32 – I FEEL IT COMING / THE WEEKND

33 – HAVANA / CAMILA CABELLO

34 – BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD / SAM HUNT

35 – DOMMAGE / BIGFLO & OLI

36 – LEGENDARY / WELSHLY ARMS

37 – HIGHWAY TUNE / GRETA VAN FLEET

38 – NOT EASY / ALEX DA KID

39 – NATION / TIBZ

40 – MALIBU / MILEY CYRUS

41 – NO WITNESS / LP

42 – FOU / ANDREANNE A. MALETTE

43 – WILD HORSES / BISHOP BRIGGS

44 – SAY YOU WON’T LET GO / JAMES ARTHUR

45 – KAMIKAZE / PATRICE MICHAUD

46 – CASTLE ON THE HILL / ED SHEERAN

47 – ONE DAY / ASAF AVIDAN

48 – IL Y A TANT A FAIRE / DANIEL BELANGER

49 – HEAR ME NOW / ALOK

50 – LAY IT ON ME / VANCE JOY

Billboard Canada Year-End Top Artists by Radio Format, 2017

RANK ALL FORMAT CHR
1 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran
2 Shawn Mendes The Weeknd
3 The Chainsmokers Shawn Mendes
4 Bruno Mars The Chainsmokers
5 The Weeknd Drake
6 Niall Horan Bruno Mars
7 Alessia Cara Alessia Cara
8 Hedley Niall Horan
9 Maroon 5 Virginia to Vegas
10 Virginia to Vegas Maroon 5
     
RANK HOT AC AC
1 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran
2 Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes
3 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars
4 Alessia Cara Maroon 5
5 The Chainsmokers Adele
6 Hedley Justin Timberlake
7 Niall Horan Niall Horan
8 The Weeknd Hedley
9 Maroon 5 The Chainsmokers
10 Adele Michael Buble
     
RANK COUNTRY ROCK
1 Dallas Smith Arkells
2 Blake Shelton Green Day
3 Thomas Rhett July Talk
4 Jon Pardi Imagine Dragons
5 James Barker Band Kings of Leon
6 Jason Aldean Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
7 Old Dominion Mother Mother
8 Dustin Lynch The Glorious Sons
9 Kenny Chesney Queens of the Stone Age
10 Chad Brownlee Foo Fighters