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 The band has withdrawn contention for the three JUNO awards for which it was nominated.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.

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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

Billboard Canada Year-End Country Airplay of 2017

You’ll have to scroll down quite a bit to find a Canadian artist on Billboard Canada’s year-end country airplay chart. Tops was Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”. Dallas Smith has the highest Canadian artist entry with “Sky Stays This Blue” at #20. Nineof the Top 50 were by Canadian acts down from 11 last year and 14 in 2015. Canadian artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The data was collected between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017.

RANK TITLE ARTIST PLAYS
1 Body Like A Back Road Sam Hunt 26,211
2 No Such Thing As A Broken Heart Old Dominion 23,659
3 Dirt On My Boots Jon Pardi 21,766
4 Heartache On The Dance Floor Jon Pardi 20,165
5 In Case You Didn’t Know Brett Young 19,933
6 Black Dierks Bentley 19,451
7 Yours If You Want It Rascal Flatts 19,411
8 Better Man Little Big Town 19,131
9 Every Time I Hear That Song Blake Shelton 19,030
10 It Ain’t My Fault Brothers Osborne 18,896
11 Craving You Thomas Rhett 18,734
12 Drinkin’ Problem Midland 18,546
13 Fast Luke Bryan 18,404
14 More Girls Like You Kip Moore 18,298
15 You Look Good Lady Antebellum 18,248
16 Small Town Boy Dustin Lynch 18,024
17 Kill A Word Eric Church 17,891
18 For Her Chris Lane 17,852
19 Any Ol’ Barstool Jason Aldean 17,602
20 Sky Stays This Blue Dallas Smith 17,465
21 Do I Make You Wanna Billy Currington 17,378
22 Yeah Boy Kelsea Ballerini 17,376
23 Chills James Barker Band 17,326
24 Flatliner Cole Swindell 17,073
25 All The Pretty Girls Kenny Chesney 16,791
26 Fix A Drink Chris Janson 16,753
27 Hurricane Luke Combs 16,752
28 Somebody Else Will Justin Moore 16,645
29 Time Dean Brody 16,304
30 Star Of The Show Thomas Rhett 16,257
31 I Could Use A Love Song Maren Morris 16,044
32 They Don’t Know Jason Aldean 16,021
33 A Guy With A Girl Blake Shelton 16,001
34 Round Here Buzz Eric Church 15,838
35 God, Your Mama, And Me Florida Georgia Line 15,744
36 The Fighter Keith Urban 15,636
37 Side Effects Dallas Smith 15,439
38 Slide Over Tim Hicks 15,356
39 I Be U Be High Valley 15,276
40 Seein’ Red Dustin Lynch 15,154
41 When It Rains It Pours Luke Combs 14,993
42 Hometown Girl Josh Turner 14,537
43 Bar At The End Of The World Kenny Chesney 14,478
44 Today Brad Paisley 14,205
45 Wanna Be That Song Brett Eldredge 14,147
46 Slow Burn Tim Hicks 13,999
47 Dirty Laundry Carrie Underwood 13,770
48 Crazy About You The Road Hammers 13,701
49 Every Little Thing Carly Pearce 13,646
50 Just Sayin’ James Barker Band 13,623

Billboard Canada Year-End Rock Airplay of 2017

Hamilton’s Arkells topped the rock radio year-end Billboard Canada chart with “Knocking at the Door”. Fifteen of the Top 40 were by Canadian acts, the same number as last year. These artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The data was collected between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017.

RANK TITLE ARTIST PLAYS
1 Knocking At The Door Arkells 19,083
2 Believer Imagine Dragons 16,986
3 Human Rag’n’Bone Man 16,959
4 The Way You Used To Do Queens of The Stone Age 16,250
5 Still Breathing Green Day 13,896
6 Lights Out Royal Blood 13,584
7 Waste A Moment Kings Of Leon 13,108
8 Freeze Me Death From Above 1979 11,869
9 The Drugs Mother Mother 11,621
10 She’s Out Of Her Mind Blink-182 11,406
11 Picturing Love July Talk 11,222
12 Highway Bleeker 11,196
13 Beck + Call July Talk 10,670
14 Run Foo Fighters 9,193
15 High Sir Sly 8,870
16 The Violence Rise Against 8,725
17 Devil’s On Fire Headstones 8,591
18 Highway Tune Greta Van Fleet 8,490
19 Feel It Still Portugal. The Man 8,346
20 Everything Is Alright The Glorious Sons 8,342
21 Kill The Lights The Glorious Sons 8,193
22 Square Hammer Ghost 8,186
23 13 Allan Rayman 8,127
24 Born Yesterday Hollerado 8,054
25 Love Is Mystical Cold War Kids 7,900
26 Wish I Knew You The Revivalists 7,624
27 My Heart’s Always Yours Arkells 7,619
28 Go Robot Red Hot Chili Peppers 7,539
29 Raging Bull One Bad Son 7,492
30 One Good Piece Of Me Big Wreck 7,409
31 Near To The Wild Heart Japandroids 7,108
32 Sky Is A Neighborhood Foo Fighters 7,018
33 The Man The Killers 6,554
34 Help Papa Roach 6,392
35 Blood In The Cut k.flay 6,281
36 Reverend Kings Of Leon 6,224
37 Cold Cold Cold Cage The Elephant 6,023
38 Revolution Radio Green Day 5,735
39 No Good Kaleo 5,655
40 Cocoon Milky Chance 5,637

Billboard Canada Year-End AC Airplay of 2017

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” topped the Adult Contemporary airplay year-end Billboard Canada chart. The top spun Canadian artist track at the format was The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” at #5. Eighteen of the Top 40 were by or featuring a Canadian artist, up from 16 for the past two years. Canadian artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The data was collected between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017.

RANK TITLE ARTIST PLAYS
1 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran 15969
2 Don’t Wanna Know Maroon 5 13404
3 Water Under The Bridge Adele 13075
4 Can’t Stop The Feeling! Justin Timberlake 12455
5 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd 11195
6 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay 11084
7 Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur 10788
8 Cheap Thrills Sia 9758
9 Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran 9700
10 Love On The Brain Rihanna 8809
11 Chained To The Rhythm Katy Perry 8712
12 There’s Nothing Holdin’… Shawn Mendes 8667
13 24K Magic Bruno Mars 8618
14 Scars To Your Beautiful Alessia Cara 8605
15 Kinda Complicated Scott Helman 8231
16 Electric Love Serena Ryder 7928
17 It Ain’t Me Kygo x Selena Gomez 7636
18 I Believe In You Michael Buble 7341
19 Let Me Love You DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber 7209
20 That’s What I Like Bruno Mars 7150
21 Closer The Chainsmokers 6810
22 Love Me Now John Legend 6801
23 Treat You Better Shawn Mendes 6619
24 Lights Out Virginia To Vegas 6573
25 Despacito Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber 6542
26 Love Again Hedley 6179
27 Play That Song Train 5955
28 Slow Hands Niall Horan 5887
29 This Town Niall Horan 5820
30 Mercy Shawn Mendes 5705
31 Reminding Me Shawn Hook 5521
32 Can’t Slow Down Hedley 5298
33 Fire In My Soul Walk Off The Earth 5127
34 Who Do You Love Marianas Trench 5078
35 What About Us P!nk 4945
36 Sign Of The Times Harry Styles 4932
37 Cold Maroon 5 4746
38 Superficial Love Ruth B 4522
39 The Greatest Sia 4417
40 Bend Ria Mae 4295

Billboard Year-End Canadian Hot 100 Artists of 2017

Billboard has published a year-end chart for the Top 25 artists of 2017 based on the chart performance of their Hot 100 singles in Canada. Ed Sheeran takes the crown followed by Drake. Five homegrowners in total made the Top 25. Find them in red below.

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Drake
3. The Chainsmokers
4. The Weeknd
5. Kendrick Lamar
6. Bruno Mars
7. Imagine Dragons
8. Shawn Mendes
9. Future
10. DJ Khaled
11. Justin Bieber
12. Taylor Swift
13. Calvin Harris
14. Selena Gomez
15. Post Malone
16. Lil Uzi Vert
17. Migos
18. Luis Fonsi
19. Niall Horan
20. Charlie Puth
21. Alessia Cara
22. James Arthur
23. Clean Bandit
24. Daddy Yankee
25. French Montana

Billboard Canada Year-End Hot AC Airplay of 2017

“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran was king of Hot AC airwaves in 2017, and in at #2 was Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful”. Nineteen of the Top 40 were by or featuring a Canadian artist up from 17 last year. Canadian artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The data was collected between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017.

RANK TITLE ARTIST PLAYS
1 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran 39,011
2 Scars To Your Beautiful Alessia Cara 35,397
3 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay 31,927
4 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd
30,390
5 Water Under The Bridge Adele 30,201
6 Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur 28,546
7 There’s Nothing Holdin’… Shawn Mendes 27,931
8 That’s What I Like Bruno Mars 26,458
9 Don’t Wanna Know Maroon 5 24,579
10 Despacito Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber 24,066
11 It Ain’t Me Kygo x Selena Gomez 23,359
12 Reminding Me Shawn Hook 22,531
13 Slow Hands Niall Horan 21,956
14 Closer The Chainsmokers 21,695
15 Kinda Complicated Scott Helman 21,354
16 Electric Love Serena Ryder 20,757
17 Believer Imagine Dragons 20,345
18 I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Zayn x Taylor Swift 20,243
19 24K Magic Bruno Mars 20,132
20 Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran 19,737
21 Starboy The Weeknd 19,110
22 Love Again Hedley 18,995
23 Love On The Brain Rihanna 18,484
24 Stay Zedd & Alessia Cara 18,412
25 Let Me Love You DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber 18,401
26 Can’t Slow Down Hedley 17,982
27 Who Do You Love Marianas Trench 17,637
28 Attention Charlie Puth 17,463
29 Love Me Now John Legend 17,164
30 Fire In My Soul Walk Off The Earth 16,968
31 Chained To The Rhythm Katy Perry 16,882
32 Selfish Virginia To Vegas 16,521
33 This Town Niall Horan 15,804
34 Mercy Shawn Mendes 15,479
35 What About Us P!nk 14,165
36 Cold Maroon 5 13,915
37 Bend Ria Mae 13,415
38 Lights Out Virginia To Vegas 12,580
39 Bound To You Jocelyn Alice 12,427

Billboard Canada Year-End CHR Airplay of 2017

Once again, Eddie Sheeran takes the cake. His “Shape of You” tops CHR (contemporary hit radio) airplay. The Biebs clocks in at #3 with his feature in “Despacito” while Shawn Mendes backs him up with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” at #4. Fifteen of the Top 40 were by or featuring a Canadian artist down from 17 last year. Canadian artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The data was collected between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017.

RANK TITLE ARTIST PLAYS
1 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran 49167
2 It Ain’t Me Kygo x Selena Gomez 45147
3 Despacito Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber 41840
4 There’s Nothing Holdin’… Shawn Mendes 41383
5 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd 37530
6 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay 36321
7 Stay Zedd & Alessia Cara 34402
8 That’s What I Like Bruno Mars 32741
9 Scars To Your Beautiful Alessia Cara 32476
10 Starboy The Weeknd 31204
11 Slow Hands Niall Horan 30884
12 Side To Side Ariana Grande 30112
13 I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Zayn x Taylor Swift 28944
14 Don’t Wanna Know Maroon 5 28441
15 Attention Charlie Puth 28096
16 Let Me Love You DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber 28032
17 Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur 27595
18 Paris The Chainsmokers 27488
19 Closer The Chainsmokers 25575
20 Reminding Me Shawn Hook 25508
21 Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran 24780
22 Reminder The Weeknd 23962
23 Strip That Down Liam Payne 23737
24 Passionfruit Drake 23615
25 Believer Imagine Dragons 22805
26 Not Going Home DVBBS X CMC$ 22477
27 Run Up Major Lazer 22463
28 Love On The Brain Rihanna 21836
29 Selfish Virginia To Vegas 21691
30 Love Again Hedley 20722
31 24K Magic Bruno Mars 20464
32 I’m the One DJ Khaled 19756
33 Rockabye Clean Bandit 19750
34 Signs Drake 19588
35 Starving Hailee Steinfeld & Grey 18709
36 Mercy Shawn Mendes 18544
37 Lights Out Virginia To Vegas 17567
38 Wild Thoughts DJ Khaled 17535
39 This Town Niall Horan 17235
40 Chained To The Rhythm Katy Perry 17215

Billboard Canada Year-End All-Format Airplay of 2017

Ranked by the number of spins, below are the 50 most-played songs on Canadian radio during the 2017 chart year (December 6, 2016 to November 25, 2017). Tops was “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran with a whopping 116,794 plays, 40% more the the number two song. Nielsen BDS compiled the all-format airplay data from more than 130 stations across the country, monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” was tops for a Canadian artist at #4 overall. Twenty of the 50 were tunes by or featuring Canadian artists. Note that the difference between this chart and the Hot 100 Airplay one is that the latter is weighted according to radio listenership whereas All-Format Airplay is not. Canadian artists are bolded in red text in the chart below.

RANK TITLE ARTIST PLAYS
1 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran  116,794
2 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay  83,631
3 It Ain’t Me Kygo x Selena Gomez  78,345
4 There’s Nothing Holdin’… Shawn Mendes  77,500
5 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd
75,692
6 Despacito Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber  71,936
7 That’s What I Like Bruno Mars  68,581
8 Closer The Chainsmokers  66,434
9 Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur  65,322
10 Starboy The Weeknd  63,054
11 Believer Imagine Dragons  60,364
12 Slow Hands Niall Horan  57,264
13 Don’t Wanna Know Maroon 5   53,843
14 Scars To Your Beautiful Alessia Cara  53,601
15 Stay Zedd & Alessia Cara  52,028
16 Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran  51,280
17 24K Magic Bruno Mars  50,885
18 I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Zayn x Taylor Swift  50,371
19 Let Me Love You DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber  49,335
20 Body Like A Back Road Sam Hunt  47,080
21 Attention Charlie Puth  46,037
22 Love Again Hedley  43,568
23 Kinda Complicated Scott Helman  43,446
24 Selfish Virginia To Vegas  43,037
25 Love On The Brain Rihanna  40,177
26 Chained To The Rhythm Katy Perry  39,366
27 Paris The Chainsmokers  37,293
28 Reminding Me Shawn Hook  37,101
29 Electric Love Serena Ryder  35,015
30 Side To Side Ariana Grande  34,193
31 What About Us P!nk  32,269
32 Cold Maroon 5   32,180
33 Feel It Still Portugal. The Man  31,335
34 Water Under The Bridge Adele  30,592
35 Rockabye Clean Bandit  30,168
36 Can’t Slow Down Hedley  30,120
37 Who Do You Love Marianas Trench  29,891
38 Treat You Better Shawn Mendes  29,715
39 Can’t Stop The Feeling! Justin Timberlake  29,418
40 The Greatest Sia  27,862
41 Passionfruit Drake  26,747
42 Fire In My Soul Walk Off The Earth  26,156
43 Lights Out Virginia To Vegas  25,364
44 Strip That Down Liam Payne  24,914
45 Bend Ria Mae  24,406
46 This Town Niall Horan  24,029
47 Starving Hailee Steinfeld & Grey  23,638
48 Cold Water Major Lazer  23,598
49 Praying Kesha  22,448
50 Mercy Shawn Mendes  21,873

Billboard Canada Year-End Hot 100 Airplay of 2017

Below is a list of the Top 25 tunes that received the most radio airplay in Canada through the year 2017. The data was compiled from selected CHR, AC, hot AC, country, and rock radio stations, throughout the country which were electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Nielsen BDS. Note that the data was taken between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017. This chart, along with Billboard Hot Digital Songs is used to compile the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The main difference between the Hot 100 Airplay and All-Format Airplay charts is that the former (i.e. the one below) is weighted according to radio station listenership. If a station has more listeners, its spins of songs receive a higher weighting. Entries from Canadian artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The most spun song of the year in Canada was “Shape of You” by Englishman Ed Sheeran. The top song involving a Canadian artist was “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber at #3. And the most successful with a Canadian as the main artist was “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd at #4.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
2 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
3 Despacito Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
4 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd
5 There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back Shawn Mendes
6 It Ain’t Me Kygo x Selena Gomez
7 Closer The Chainsmokers
8 That’s What I Like Bruno Mars
9 Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur
10 Starboy The Weeknd
11 Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran
12 Don’t Wanna Know Maroon 5
13 Scars To Your Beautiful Alessia Cara
14 Slow Hands Niall Horan
15 24K Magic Bruno Mars
16 Believer Imagine Dragons
17 Let Me Love You DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber
18 I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Zayn x Taylor Swift
19 Attention Charlie Puth
20 Stay Zedd & Alessia Cara
21 Rockabye Clean Bandit
22 Chained To The Rhythm Katy Perry
23 Love Again Hedley
24 Body Like A Back Road Sam Hunt
25 Selfish Virginia To Vegas

Billboard Canada Year-End Top 30 Emerging Artists of 2017

Billboard Canada finalizes the year-end Top 30 emerging (Canadian) artists chart of 2017, and The Weeknd, still considered an emerger, has the top two spots thanks to “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming” (#1 and #2 respectively). In at the bronze 3rd is Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful”. “Chills” by country act James Barker Band squeaks in at #30. In Nielsen’s words, the chart “represents aggregated numbers from the weekly charts that were compiled for each artist and title, reflecting chart activity from the surveys dated December 6, 2016 through November 25, 2017”. The marketing research firm adds the chart below represents “the most popular songs by emerging Canadian artists according to all-format airplay audience impressions measured by Nielsen BDS and digital sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. To qualify for this chart an artist must a) be Canadian and meet the CRTC ‘A’ definition (music or lyrics principally performed by a Canadian artist) and b) the selection must qualify as Canadian content (CanCon). Artists are considered emerging until 12 months after the date their first Canadian Hot 100 charting entry reaches the top 40”.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Starboy The Weeknd
2 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd
3 Scars To Your Beautiful Alessia Cara
4 Treat You Better Shawn Mendes
5 Reminder The Weeknd
6 Mercy Shawn Mendes
7 Party Monster The Weeknd
8 Reminding Me Shawn Hook
9 Not Going Home DVBBS X CMC$
10 There’s Nothing Holdin’… Shawn Mendes
11 Lights Out Virginia To Vegas
12 Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd
13 Not Nice PARTYNEXTDOOR
14 How Far I’ll Go Alessia Cara
15 The Hills The Weeknd
16 Wild Things Alessia Cara
17 Luv Tory Lanez
18 Stitches Shawn Mendes
19 Spirits The Strumbellas
20 Fireproof Coleman Hell
21 Lost Boy Ruth B
22 Kinda Complicated Scott Helman
23 Earned It The Weeknd
24 Figures Jessie Reyez
25 Some Way NAV Ft. The Weeknd
26 Sidewalks The Weeknd
27 Lonely Drum Aaron Goodvin
28 Bend Ria Mae
29 Six Feet Under The Weeknd
30 Chills James Barker Band