Canadian Chart Highlights: February 21, 2017

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The Hot 100

Spending its 6th week on top of the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” which may have to grapple in the coming weeks with Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” debuting on the chart at #3. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” remains king of CanCon, at #7 this week. He is challenging himself with “I Feel It Coming” which reaches a new peak position of #11. A new peak is also achieved by DVBBS for “Not Going Home”, #58. New on the chart is “Some Way” by NAV which features The Weeknd, #84. Drake’s “One Dance” has dropped off the chart having spent 45 weeks on the Hot 100.

Used to compile the Hot 100 is Hot Digital Songs and Hot 100 Airplay. On both charts, Ed Sheeran’s at #1 with “Shape of You”. The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” is highest for Canadian artists, at #6 on Digital and #2 on Airplay.

Albums

The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack debuts at #1 on Billboard Canadian Albums. Mother Mother’s No Culture enters the chart at #7. It is the outfit’s third Top 10 album. Of note, in terms of pure album sales, (minus the track and streaming equivalent units), the album debuts at #2.

Emerging Canadian Artists

The Weeknd, still considered an emerging artist, at this stage, spends his 21st week at #1 with “Starboy”. New on the chart is “Four Leaf Clover” by Christian Hudson at #27. Nielsen’s artist spotlight shines on Tenille Arts (see photo above) this week. Her new single “What He’s Into” debuts at #50 on the Country Airplay chart. She’s from Weyburn, SK.

Canadian Airplay Charts

Ed Sheeran is the one to beat on three of the airplay charts with the aforementioned “Shape of You” at #1 on All-Format, CHR, and Hot AC. Green Day’s “Still Breathing” takes the cake at Rock, Jon Pardi’s “Dirt on My Boots” at Country, and Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” at AC. The top Canadian artist entries are as follows. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd All-Format #3 and CHR #2. At Rock is July Talk’s “Picturing Love” at #4. Country prefers Dean Brody’s “Time” at #3. AC favours “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber at #4. Hot AC likes Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful, #2.

Canadian Franco

According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio continues to be “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud. In terms of sales, the #1 single is “Tu ne sauras jamais” by Les BB. The best-selling Franco album continues to be Almanach by Patrice Michaud. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

Canadian Artist Songs Big Internationally

On the official UK chart, which gets published every Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, the top entry by a Canadian artist currently is “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd, at #19. It peaked on the chart at #9. A similar picture is on the Australian chart with the track at #11 this week having achieved a peak at #7 down under. In the United States, it is all Alessia Cara with “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #8 this week, a new peak position for the song.

Canadian Chart Highlights: Valentine’s Day, 2017

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The Hot 100

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to reign supreme on the Hot 100. As with last week, there are no new Canadian artist entries which make up 17 of the songs on the chart. DVBBS’ “Not Going Home” is the only one to achieve a new peak position, #59. The Weeknd’s former #1 smash “Starboy” is tops for CanCon at #6.

Hot Digital Songs

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to dominate digital purchases. Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” helped by recent high-profile televised performances, vaults from #48 to #2. The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” is this week’s best effort by a homegrown artist at #10.

Hot 100 Airplay

The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming”, at #3, is the most favoured at radio, while “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran is #1.

Top Albums

I Decided by U.S. rapper Big Sean debuts at #1. Two Canadian artist albums debut in the Top 10: Big Wreck’s Grace Street at #5 and Patrice Michaud’s Almanach at #7.

Emerging Canadian Artists

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” spends its 20th week at the top spot.

All-Format Airplay

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” leaps from #3 to #1 becoming king across all radio formats. Alessia Cara has the most spun Canadian entry thanks to “Scars to Your Beautiful”. With 3,143 plays through the week, it scoops up #3. New in the Top 50 is “Chained to the Rhythm” by Katy Perry (#31), “Fake Love” by Drake (#39), “Any Ol’ Barstool” by Jason Aldean (#49), and “She’s Desire” by Brett Kissel #50.

Contemporary Hit Radio

While “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran sitting at #1 isn’t surprising, Nielsen is quick to point out that it is his first chart topper at CHR. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd is #3 this week. New in the Top 40 is no stranger to pop hits, Katy Perry, with “Chained to the Rhythm” at #25.

Rock Airplay

Green Day is “Still Breathing” at #1 and July Talk is still “Picturing Love” at #3. New at rock radio’s Top 40 is Imagine Dragon’s “Believer” at #35 and Danko Jones’ “My Little RNR” at #39.

Country Airplay

Jon Pardi sings “Dirt on My Boots” and stomps his way up to #1. Dean Brody’s “Time” is #5. New in the Top 50 is Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Black Road” (#48) and Aaron Pritchett’s “When a Momma’s Boy Meets a Daddy’s Girl” (#49).

Adult Contemporary Airplay

“Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 decks the summit while “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber sits at #5. Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” debuts at #26.

Hot AC Airplay

Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” which topped the chart last week spends its second at the crown. The aforementioned track from Katy Perry debuts at #28.

Canadian Franco

According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio continues to be “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud In terms of sales, the #1 single is “Aimons-nous” by the trio of awesomes Ariane Moffatt, Karim Ouellet, and La Bronze. The former two are both JUNO award winners. The best-selling Franco album is Almanach by Patrice Michaud. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

Charts, Juno Nominations, Prism Prize Contenders

The Canadian Charts, February 7, 2017

Nothing terribly exciting on the charts this week. There were only 17 entries by a Canadians and no new Canuck entries. No domestic albums debuted in the Top 10. One highlight is that Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” becomes her first #1 hit at Hot AC radio.

JUNO Nominations

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The JUNO Award nominations were announced at a press conference yesterday morning. The three amigos, Drake, The Weeknd, and Shawn Mendes lead with five each. The aforementioned Alessia Cara snapped up four as did the late Leonard Cohen. Up for Album of the Year are Starboy by The Weeknd, Illuminate by Shawn Mendes, You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, Views by Drake, and Encore un Soir by Céline Dion. Single of the Year nominees are “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes, “One Dance” by Drake, “Wild Things” by Alessia Cara, “Starboy” by The Weeknd, and “Spirits” by The Strumbellas. You can find a full list of nominees here.

CARAS also announced a batch of performers at the main gala in Ottawa, April 2. In addition to the previously confirmed Shawn Mendes are A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Ruth B, and The Strumbellas.

We hope that the JUNOs, which have always been more progressive, do not veer towards Grammy style with excessive focus on roots and urban music and going with sentimental favourites.

Prism Prize Top 20

The good folks over at the Prism Prize have unveiled their 20 picks for the year’s best music video. The collective can now boast the highest cash prize award in the world for the year’s best music video which is now $15,000. The prize will be awarded May 14 after the 20 is pared down to 10 on March 28. The Top 20 in alphabetical order are as follows.

A Tribe Called Red feat. Black Bear – Stadium Pow Wow
Aidan Knight – What Light (Never Goes Dim)
Andy Shauf – The Magician
BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Kaytranada – Lavender
Braids – Companion
Dilly Dally – Snakehead
Grimes – Kill V. Maim
Harrison feat. Clairmont The Second – It’s Okay, I Promise
Holy F*** – Tom Tom
Jazz Cartier – Red Alert / 100 Roses
July Talk – Picturing Love
Kaytranada – Lite Spots
Lisa LeBlanc – Gold Diggin’ Hoedown
PUP – DVP
PUP – Sleep in the Heat
Ronley Teper’s Lipliners – Lucky and Finnegan
Somewhere Else feat. Majid Jordan – Move Together
SonReal – Can I Get a Witness
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Wintersleep – Amerika

By comparison, the five MVs up for JUNO Music Video of the Year are “Kill v Maim” – GRIMES (Claire Boucher), “Lite Spots” – KAYTRANADA (Martin C. Pariseau), “R.E.D.” ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear – A Tribe Called Red (Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman), “Killa” – WIWEK/SKRILLEX (Jodeb), and “The Stranger” – Gord Downie (Justin Stephenson).

Canadian Chart Highlights: January 31, 2017

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The Hot 100

For the third straight week, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is perched at the summit of the Hot 100. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is the top Canadian artist entry at #3. Among the new entries on the chart is “Good Things” by Canadian recording artist Jonathan Roy at #89. It is his second song to make it, the first being “Daniella Denmark” last year. The hot shot debut is “Touch” by Britain’s Little Mix which enters at #57.

Hot Digital Songs

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to dominate digital purchases. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd is tops for Canadians at #7.

Hot 100 Airplay

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” is still the radio favourite. “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber is #2.

Top Albums

The Weeknd’s Starboy album lights the sky of the albums chart. John Mayer’s EP The Search for Everything: Wave One debuts at #2. He’s American. Canada’s Jonathan Roy enters at #3 with Mr. Optimist Blues. It is the second 2017 Canadian artist album to debut in the Top 10, after USS’.

Emerging Canadian Artists

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” spends its 18th week at the top spot. The aforementioned “Good Things” by Jonathan Roy materializes at #15. Nielsen features Stanton Project in this week’s artist spotlight. It is the brainchild of Calgarian producer and composer Adam Stanton. His song “Pitbull” which, no, doesn’t feature Pitbull but even better uses the vocal talents of Nova Scotian R&B singer Laura Roy. The single debuts at #44 on the Hot AC Airplay chart and is bubbling under Emerging Artists.

All-Format Airplay

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” is king across all radio formats with “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Ontarian Alessia Cara at #2. New in the Top 50 is “Rockabye” by Britain’s Clean Bandit at #36 and “Fast” by U.S. country musician Luke Bryan at #46.

Contemporary Hit Radio

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” topples Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side” for the crown, the latter slipping to #2. “Let Me Love You” featuring the Biebs holds at #3.

Rock Airplay

Still at #1 is “Waste a Moment” by Kings of Leon with “Picturing Love” by Toronto’s July Talk at #3. New song “I Give You Power” by Montreal’s Arcade Fire debuts at #40.

Country Airplay

Blake Shelton gets bumped off the hump by Thomas Rhett and “Star of the Show”. Dean Brody snatches the top Canadian entry for “Time” at #8.

Adult Contemporary Airplay

Bruno Mars holds on at the zenith for “24K Magic”. “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber is up to #6 from #9 last week. Jonathan Roy’s “Good Things” enters at #37.

Hot AC Airplay

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” clings to the lead as does Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” as the runner up.

Canadian Franco

According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio is “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud whose new album Almanach has just been released and debuted on the iTunes chart at #3. In terms of sales, the #1 single is “Marine marchande” by Les Cowboys Fringants. The most popular Franco album continues to be Nous Autres by 2Frères. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

Canadian Chart Highlights: January 24, 2017

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Calgary’s Lindsay Ell scores her first Top 10 country radio hit, “All Alright”

THE HOT 100

Ed Sheeran does seem unabashed in penning lyrics and releasing music videos that promote the consumption of death, whether the cancerous intoxicants involved are of the kind that pollute the environment or dehumanize us by disabling the mind. It is a good example of “the casualness with which appeals to ignoble human motivations are used to win power and pile up riches”. Our gut feeling tells us that ol’ Eddie won’t be participating in any marches for human responsibilities any time soon. Sheeran spends his second week at the top of the chart with “Shape of You”. His “Castle on the Hill” slips from #2 to #5. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is the highest Canadian entry at #4. Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” achieves a new peak position at #23.

Brand new on the Hot 100 is Jazz Cartier with track “Tempted” at #91. The Toronto-born rapper is the first domestic artist of 2017 to land on the chart for the first time.

HOT DIGITAL SONGS

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to wear the crown on digital songs. The Weeknd owns the top Canadian entry with “I Feel It Coming” which moves from #10 last week to #5 this week. As with “Starboy”, it features French duo Daft Punk.

HOT 100 AIRPLAY

A similar picture materializes this week, as Maroon 5 stays at the summit with “Don’t Wanna Know”, and Alessia Cara the top Canuck with “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #3. Alessia will be performing on Saturday Night Live February 4 hosted by Kristen Stewart.

TOP ALBUMS

This week sees the first Top 10 Canadian album of the year. It belongs to Toronto pop-rock duo USS, or Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, and album New World Alphabet which debuts at #3. The title is kind of fitting and timely, as feature film Arrival, with significant CanCon, receives a number of Oscar nominations. The Weeknd’s Starboy album remains #1 and was recently certified platinum.

USS has first Top 10 Canadian album of 2017

EMERGING CANADIAN ARTISTS

Nothing much is new to report here. “Starboy” by The Weeknd spends its 17th week at No. 1.

Nielsen Entertainment features up and coming Calgary country duo Leaving Thomas, not to be confused with Britain’s Ward Thomas, in the newsletter this week. Annika Odegard and Bryton Udy are breezing into the airwaves with song “Waiting Kind of Girl” debuting at #44 on country radio. See the MV embedded below.

ALL-FORMAT AIRPLAY

Maroon 5 and Alessia Cara do the same on this chart as on Hot 100 Airplay. New on the All-Format Top 50 is Coleman Hell with “Devotion” at No. 46. His “Fireproof” single has gone platinum and “2 Heads” triple platinum. The man is hotter than … hell.

CONTEMPORARY HIT RADIO

Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side” pulls a venti by dominating CHR. “Let Me Love You” featuring the Biebs notches up from #4 to #3

ROCK AIRPLAY

Kings of Leon is still kingly thanks to “Waste a Moment”. July Talk is back to #2 with “Picturing Love”. The Toronto band was recently honoured with a pair of SOCAN #1 Song Awards and is now touring in the U.S. and Europe to promote its music abroad.

COUNTRY AIRPLAY

Big news here, as Calgary’s Lindsay Ell scores her very first Top 10 hit at country radio, “All Alright” at #9. Lindsay is one of the few Canadian artists seeing some significant airplay in the States, scoring 3 Top 50 hits there. Chad Brownlee is the top Canadian on this week’s chart with “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” at #8. Blake Shelton continues at the zenith with “A Guy with a Girl”.

ADULT CONTEMPORARY AIRPLAY

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic is latched at the one. “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes is the top CanCon at #7.

HOT AC AIRPLAY

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” and Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” are #1 and #2 respectively.

CANADIAN FRANCO

According to Nielsen, the top Franco song at radio is “Kamikaze” by Patrice Michaud whose new album Almanach will be out February 3. In terms of sales, the #1 single is Lenni-Kim’s bilingual track “Don’t Stop”. The most popular Franco album is Nous Autres by 2Frères. Bear in mind that the data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

We leave you with the MV for Leaving Thomas’ “Waiting Kind of Girl”.

Canadian Chart Highlights: January 17, 2017

The UK’s Ed Sheeran has dethroned The Weeknd from #1 on the Canadian Hot 100. “Starboy” drops to No. 3. His album, though, is king of the Albums Chart this week. DVBBS is back on the Hot 100 with “Not Going Home” #99 which features Dutch singer Gia Koka. Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” reaches a new chart peak at #25. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” reigns supreme on both the Hot 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts followed by his “Castle on the Hill” at #2. “Starboy” is the top Canadian entry on the Hot Digital Songs chart at #8.

On both Hot 100 Airplay and All-Format Airplay, “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 is perched at the summit. Alessia Cara has the most spun Canadian song; “Scars to Your Beautiful” is No. 3 at Hot 100 Airplay and No. 4 at All-Format. New on the Emerging Canadian Artists Top 30 are Jazz Cartier (“Tempted”) #23 and James Barker Band (“Just Sayin'”) #28. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is tops there unsurprisingly.

“Side to Side” by Ariana Grande continues its rule on CHR while “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber is #4 this week. “Waste a Moment” by Kings of Leon sits on top at rock radio with “Picturing Love” by July Talk still at #3. Country radio digs Blake Shelton’s “A Guy with a Girl” best and favours Canada’s Chad Brownlee with “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” at No. 7. Bruno Mars rules AC with “24K Magic” with the top Canuck tune being Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better” at #6. Hot AC has Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” at the zenith and Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #4.

Nielsen shines the artist spotlight this week on Tavish Crowe. Attending Handsworth Secondary School in the District of North Vancouver, he was hired by Carly Rae Jepsen as a guitarist for her backing band after he graduated. He received a co-credit for her smash “Call Me Maybe” currently the 4th best-selling single of all-time globally. Tavish has released his own single as a soloist called “Fire”, and it has debuted on the Hot AC Airplay chart at No. 50.

Canadian Chart Highlights: January 10, 2017

Vancouver's Shaun Frank scores his 2nd Hot 100 hit.

Vancouver’s Shaun Frank scores his 2nd Hot 100 hit.

BILLBOARD CANADIAN HOT 100
The Weeknd’s “Starboy” spends its 7th week at #1, Virginia to Vegas’ “Lights Out” achieves a new peak position at #40. Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” also reaches a new peak position at #27. The lone new entry from a Canadian artist is “Let You Go Away” from Vancouver’s Shaun Frank. Shaun was one of the 14 Canadian artists who debuted on the chart in 2016. He did this with Canadian singer Delaney Jane in song “La La Land”. The new song features the vocals of Ashe who is from San Diego, USA. It enters the Hot 100 at #96. The music video has surpassed 4 million views.

HOT DIGITAL SONGS
“Closer” by The Chainsmokers is tops here followed by The Weeknd’s “Starboy”.

HOT 100 AIRPLAY
Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” takes honours here. The top Canadian entry is The Weeknd’s “Starboy” at #4.

TOP ALBUMS
As no albums from popular artists have been released the past couple weeks, there is nothing new. The Weeknd’s Starboy album is at #1 followed by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, and Drake’s Views.

EMERGING CANADIAN ARTISTS
The Weeknd, still considered an emerging artist, is at the summit of the chart with “Starboy”. Nielsen Music shone the spotlight on emerging artist Christian Hudson with a newsletter feature whose debut single “Four Leaf Clover” has hit AC radio. He’s a talented new artist from Airdrie, AB which is just north of Calgary. Hudson is currently working on his debut EP.

ALL-FORMAT AIRPLAY
The most spun track of the week at Canadian radio across all formats was “Closer” by the Chainsmokers. Top Canadian artist entry is The Weeknd’s “Starboy” at #3.

CONTEMPORARY HIT RADIO
Ariana Grande is queen of the CHR airwaves with “Side to Side”. “Starboy” is at #2.

ROCK AIRPLAY
Kings of Leon crowns rock with “Waste a Moment”. July Talk’s “Picturing Love” is 3rd.

COUNTRY AIRPLAY
Brett Eldredge can hang his hat here with “Wanna Be That Song”. The top Canuck is Chad Brownlee for “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” at #7.

ADULT CONTEMPORARY AIRPLAY
Bruno Mars charms AC radio with “24K Magic”. Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better” settles for 5th.

HOT AC AIRPLAY
Bruno Mars is hot here too with his “24K Magic”. Alessia Cara is the top Canadian thanks to “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #4.

All-Time 40 Biggest Hot 100 Canadian Hits: 2017 Update

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From its launch in mid-2007 to the present time, we have ranked the 40 biggest hits by domestic artists on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 using a points system. Total points were determined by subtracting each weekly chart position from 101 and then totalling the results. We have not included songs that were already on the Hot 100 when it launched. We have also excluded songs currently on the chart. Included are Canadian artist songs whether the Canadian was the main, co-credited, or featured artist.

The Hot 100 is a combination of success on radio as well as digital downloads from the public, all within Canada. The chart below also includes the peak chart position achieved, date the peak was reached, and the total number of weeks the song spent on the charts. Those that reached #1 have the peak in a red box. Those that spent at least one full year (52 weeks) have a yellow box. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” reigns supreme both in terms of points and weeks spend on the Hot 100 (74 weeks, highlighted in an orange box). Did your favourite Canadian song make the all-time Top 40? Click to enlarge.

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Canadian Chart Highlights: January 4, 2017

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Halifax EDM group Neon Dreams enters the Hot 100 with a little help from Kardinal Offishall

As Billboard’s website is now publishing the entire Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart (previously it listed only the top 50), the CMB will no longer be listing the Canadian artist entries on the chart each week. However, we will provide weekly updates with some of the highlights on the various Canadian charts from Nielsen.

This week, The Weeknd’s “Starboy” continues at #1 on the Hot 100. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can now claim a hit single, as “You’re Welcome” enters at #98. Dwayne has dual citizenship, so we can absolutely claim him. Entering at #99 is “Marching Bands” from Halifax EDM group Neon Dreams featuring multiple JUNO award winner Kardinal Offishall. The Chainsmokers edge out “Starboy” (#2) to claim the digital song sales title with “Closer”.

The Weeknd’s Starboy album reigns supreme on the Canadian Albums chart. The top Franco album is the reissue of Harmonium’s 1976 classic L’Heptade at #22 this week. Over the course of its 40-year history, the LP has sold in excess of 400,000 copies.

Regarding airplay, “Starboy” is tops at CHR. At Hot AC, Bruno Mars is #1 with “24K Magic”. The top Canadian entry is “Starboy” at #4. Sia is #1 at AC radio for “Cheap Thrills”. The top Canadian artist track is “Treat You Better” from Shawn Mendes at #6 overall. Brett Eldredge’s “Wanna Be That Song” crowns country airplay. The top Canadian is Aaron Goodvin’s “Woman in Love” at #8. Aaron is from Spirit River, a small town in northern Alberta. He now resides in Nashville, US writing for Warner Chappell Music. Kings of Leon is king of rock with “Waste A Moment”. Canadian group July Talk is at #2 with “Picturing Love” this week.