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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Autograph, Dallas Smith (1 week, Nov 26)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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
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

October 23, 2018 Charts

It’s time to get nostalgic again. Before we get to this week’s charts, we’re going back half a decade to October 23, 2013. What was hot at that time?

5 Years Ago: October 23, 2013

Television: NCIS championed the so-called idiot box, a U.S. police action television series, revolving around a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, who investigate crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marines.

Film: The Martian starring Matt Damon and featuring Canadian actress Mackenzie Davis ruled the box office. The story involved an astronaut thought dead being abandoned by his fellows and having to survive on Mars while finding a way to send a message that he was still alive.

News: There were no major headlines on this day which, given 2013’s disastrous events, was a good thing. The year saw the Alberta floods (June-July), the Lac-Megantic disaster (July 6), the Boston Marathon Bombing (April 15), and Typhoon Haiyan (early November).

Albums: The best-selling album was Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam. Drake’s Nothing Was the Same, a former #1 album, was #5 this week.

Songs: “Royals” by New Zealand teen Lorde spent its 4th week on top. The strongest Canadian artist track this week was “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake at #6.

The Charts: October 23, 2018

A number of new entries appear on the Billboard Hot 100, several by or featuring Canadians. First off, “Girls Like You” has been knocked off the top spot by new track “Zeze” from Kodak Black. “Mia” by Bad Bunny featuring Drake debuts at #3. “Flip the Switch”, another Drake featured track, this time from Quavo, lands at #26. Tyler Shaw‘s “With You” enters at #80 and Alessia Cara‘s “Trust My Lonely” at #92. The aforementioned “Mia” is #7 at Hot Digital Songs.

The airplay charts hold this week’s biggest news item, and that is Country being crowned by Dallas Smith‘s “Make ‘Em Like You”. Remarkably, the British Columbian “surpasses Shania Twain as the Canadian artist with the most Country No. 1 songs in the Nielsen BDS era,” as reported by Nielsen. “With 1568 spin detections, he sets the record for the highest one week detects total at the format by a Canadian artist, surpassing Dean Brody’s ‘8th Day’.” At #41, Shawn Austin’s “You Belong” is the top new entry at Country this week.

New Canadian artist entries in the All-Format Airplay Top 50 are “Lost in Japan” by Shawn Mendes X Zedd (#36), “Walls Come Down” by Meghan Patrick (#44), and “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne (#46).

October 16, 2018 Charts

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

10 Years Ago: October 16, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

The Charts: October 16, 2018

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

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

October 9, 2018 Charts

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

15 Years Ago: October 9, 2003

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

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

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

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

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

The Charts: October 9, 2018

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

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

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

October 2, 2018 Charts

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

20 Years Ago: October 2, 1998

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Charts: October 2, 2018

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

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

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

September 25, 2018 Charts

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

25 Years Ago: September 25, 1993

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Charts: September 25, 2018

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

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

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

September 18, 2018 Charts: Gord Bamford Tops Country

It’s time to get nostalgic again. Before we get to this week’s charts, we’re going back three full decades to September 18, 1988. What was hot at that time?

30 Years Ago: September 18, 1988

Television: Spinoff of The Cosby Show, A Different World, starring Lisa Bonet among others, received the highest Nielsen ratings the week prior but it was to be overtaken by viewing of the Summer Olympics this week.

Film: A Fish Called Wanda cleaned up at the box office. The British-American heist comedy film was directed by Charles Crichton and written by John Cleese. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin.

News: With autumn approaching, the Summer Olympics had just gotten underway in Seoul, South Korea. Calgary had hosted the Winter Olympics earlier in the year. Canada went on to win 10 medals in the … autumn … games. In four days from September 18, the Prime Minister was to officially apologize for the World War II internment of Japanese Canadians.

Toys: 1988 was all about Nintendo which did for the late 80s what Atari did for the early 80s. The game Pictionary which came out in 1985 became very popular by ’88.

Albums: The self-titled work from Tracy Chapman ruled the Canadian Albums chart. Glass Tiger’s Diamond Sun was tops for a Canadian artist at #22.

Songs: “Monkey” by the late great George Michael was the biggest song in the land. Glass Tiger’s “Diamond Sun” was #5 and the king of CanCon on the Singles chart.

The Charts: September 18, 2018

Maroon 5 has been bowled out of the top spot on the Hot 100 by Kayne West and “I Love It” which debuts at #1. There is little else of note on the chart. Richard Seguin’s Retour a Walden: Sur les Pas de Thoreau enters the Albums Chart at #16, the highest position for a Canadian artist debut this week. Mother Mother’s “Get Up” enters Rock Airplay Top 40 at #39. Tim Hicks’ “The Worst Kind” materializes at Country Airplay at #50. Gord Bamford scores his second chart topping hit at the format thanks to “Dive Bar”. Five years ago, Gord’s “When Your Lips Are So Close” scaled to the summit. Loud Luxury’s “Body” hits #1 at Adult Contemporary Radio. The song previously spent six weeks on top of the CHR chart and five weeks at #2 at Hot AC.

2017’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medThe most successful song of 2017 that involved a Canadian artist was “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber which peaked at #1 on the weekly Hot 100 and was the second biggest song of the year overall. The biggest English language song with a Canadian as the main artist was “Starboy” from the Weeknd. Although it finished the year as its 6th most popular tune, it peaked at #1 on the weekly charts last year (2016) and also made the previous year-end chart at #32. The most successful Canadian artist song reaching its peak position in the weekly charts of 2017 was Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” with a year-end placement of #16 and weekly peak of #6.

In total, 17 tracks involving Canadian artists made the year-end Hot 100. A total of 34 maple-glazed tunes peaked within the Top 40 during the year 2017. No French-language song made the Hot 100 through the year. We have listed below French language songs from Canadian artists that made the annual CKOI year-end Top 50 – seven in all.

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

2017 CKOI Franco Hits

Une p’tite biere  Anthony Gaudet 21
J’pas stressée Roxane Bruneau 24
Roadtrip Les Chiens de Ruelles 27
T’embellis ma vie Yann Perreau 31
Fou Andreanne A. Malette 42
Kamikaze Patrice Michaud 45
Il y a tant a faire  Daniel Belanger 48

2017 Billboard Canada Hits

Despacito Fonsi/Yankee ft. Justin Bieber 2 1
Starboy The Weeknd 6a 1b
There’s Nothing Holding… Shawn Mendes 16 6
Stay Alessia Cara & Zedd 22 9
I Feel It Coming The Weeknd 23 10
Passionfruit Drake 33 2
Let Me Love You DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber 41a 4b
Fake Love Drake 49 10b
Signs Drake 52 12
2U D. Guetta ft. Justin Bieber 54 4
Scars to Your Beautiful Alessia Cara 70 14b
Treat You Better Shawn Mendes 71a 7b
Friends Justin Bieber & BloodPop 83 4
Mercy Shawn Mendes 84 22
Reminding Me Shawn Hook 86 30
Party Monster The Weeknd 91 8b
Portland Drake 95 6
Blem Drake 8
Free Smoke Drake 12
Gyalchester Drake 13
No Long Talk Drake 14
Reminder The Weeknd 16
Get It Together Drake 20
Teenage Fever Drake 22
Still Got Time Zayn ft. PartyNextDoor 22
Madiba Riddim Drake 23
KMT Drake 25
Sacrifices Drake 26
4422 Drake 27
Jorja Interlude Drake 28
Some Way NAV ft. The Weeknd 31
To the Max DJ Khaled ft. Drake 32
Wanted You NAV 33
Skepta Interlude Drake 36
Glow Drake 37
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot… Michael Buble 39
Lust for Life Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd 39
Lights Out Virginia to Vegas 40
Nothings Into Somethings Drake 40
Curve Gucci Mane ft. The Weeknd 40

a – Also made year-end Hot 100 of 2016
b – Weekly peak achieved in 2016


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September 4, 2018 Chart Highlights

40 Years Ago: September 4, 1978

What was happening 40 years ago around September 4, 1978?

Television: Sitcom Three’s Company ruled the boob tube. It was based on British show Man About the House.

Toys: 1978 spawned toys that began with the letter S: Speak & Spell and Simon notable among them.

News: Pope John Paul I had recently succeeded Pope Paul VI as the 263rd Pope.

Film: Musical production Grease was the tops at the box office. It was to become the biggest movie of the year.

Albums: The Grease soundtrack dominated the albums chart.

Songs: “Three Times a Lady” by The Commodores was the #1 song in the land.

The Charts: September 4, 2018

K-pop male singing group BTS scores the number one album in Canada, Love Yourself: Answer. Canucks preferred to buy this one rather than stream it, as it ranked only 8th in terms of online listening. The album is a followup to Love Yourself: Tear released just last May which peaked at #2 on the chart. Track “Idol” featuring Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj debuts at #5 on the Hot 100. It is the septet’s first Top 10 song.

Expect Kamikaze by US rapper Eminem to top the albums chart next week. Surprise – a Canadian newcomer is featured on track “Good Guy”. Her name is Jessie Reyez.

In terms of more CanCon, “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando holds at #3. It now stands certified at quadruple platinum by Music Canada. It is #5 in Britain, now Top 40 in Australia, and was recently featured in an article in Billboard magazine.

With the upcoming CCMA awards, some country artists are moving up the radio charts. “Habit” by Andrew Hyatt debuts at #50 at All Format Airplay. Brad Saunders, originally from Newfoundland now based in Calgary, snatches the #49 spot at County Radio itself.

Followup single “Better Off” by breakout duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine debuts at CHR at #34 and “Relentless” by Arkells sizzles at Rock Radio, debuting at #23.

Charts for the Week of August 21, 2018

What was happening 45 years ago, around August 21, 1973?

Television: Based on British sitcom Till Death Do Us Part, US sitcom All in the Family dominated television screens in 1973. Canadians were beginning to get into new series The Beachcombers which had debuted in October 1972. The comedy-drama series was to churn out 387 episodes (calling it quits in 1990).

Toys: The Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle from Ideal Toys debuted in 1973, the year the stuntman celebrity made 13 jumps on his motorcycle, including an epic leap over 13 vans to kick off the year.

News: This week in 1973 saw Sweden’s Norrmalmstorg bank robbery and hostage situation, famous for the origin of the term Stockholm syndrome.

Film: George Lucas’ American Graffiti was #1 at cinemas.

Albums: Jethro Tull’s A Passion Play was the top selling album in Canada.

Songs: “Brother Louie” by Stories was the most popular song in the land. It was a cover of the Hot Chocolate song released the same year.

The Charts: August 21, 2018

Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj, who, judging by her album cover, needs to be reminded that immodesty is not a virtue, lands on Canada’s albums chart at #2 behind Texan rapper Travis Scott. She is joined by Canadian R&B star The Weeknd on track “Thought I Knew You”. It debuts on the Hot 100 at #69 and Hot Digital Songs at #18. Delaney Jane‘s “Bad Habits” rises seven positions to #71 on the Hot 100 which is crowned for the sixth week by Drake‘s “In My Feelings”. Other CanCon tracks remain at similar standings to last week’s. The top new entry at All-Format Airplay is Dallas Smith‘s “Make ‘Em Like You” (#39).