Chart Highlights 18 July 2017

“Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber spends its 10th week at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100. Reaching a new peak position on the chart is Shawn Mendes‘ “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” at #6. It is Shawn Hook, however, who is king of the Emerging Artists chart for the second week in a row with “Reminding Me” which is up to #31 on the Hot 100. Only 13 Canadian artist tracks (whether as the main or lone featured artist) sit on the chart this week.

No new Canadian artist albums debut within the Top 10; Broken Social Scene settles for the respectable #14 for latest album Hug of Thunder.

Most chart activity is happening with country this week. New in the All-Format Airplay Top 50 is Gord Bamford‘s “Living on Summertime” at #42 (see brand new MV below). He is followed by Jojo Mason and “Something to Wrap My Heart Around”, #43. Tim Hicks is up to #2 on the Country Airplay chart for his “Slide Over”. He is bettered only by Thomas Rhett. Washboard Union‘s “Shine” debuts on the chart at #45.

As promised, here’s a little dose of the Bamford:

New on the Charts: July 11, 2017

Four Canadian artist songs reach new peak positions on the Hot 100 this week. Virginia to Vegas‘ “Selfish” is up to #72, Hedley‘s “Love Again” #58, Shawn Hook‘s “Reminding Me” #34, and Drake‘s “Signs” #12.

The Icon series has put together a various Canadian artists compilation album of hits from the modern era called Canada 150. It debuts on the albums chart at #15.

Toronto’s Kayla Diamond was busy at law school when she submitted an original song to a contest. A win had her pursuing music full time. Her new song “Carnival Hearts” debuts at #35 on CHR radio, ahead of Kesha. Kayla is working on an album due out later this year with Cadence Music. She receives a feature in this week’s Nielsen Update newsletter. (See the song’s lyric video below).

Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke, performing at this year’s CCMA awards gala, appears on the Country Radio chart with her new single “Kill You Love” (#48). She is followed by Ottawa’s River Town Saints whose “Woke Up Like This” debuts at #49. AC radio gives the nod to Vancouver’s Ashleigh Ball and “Crazy” (#31). Hot AC is bending for Nova Scotia’s Ria Mae; “Bend” debuts at #40.

Chart Highlights June 27, 2017

What’s New

Hot 100: “Love Again”, Hedley (#60)
Hot 100: “Life’s About to Get Good”, Shania Twain (#70)
Top Albums: Feed the Machine, Nickelback (#2)
Hot Digital: “Life’s About to Get Good”, Shania Twain (#16)
All-Format Airplay: “Love Again”, Hedley (#22)
All-Format Airplay: “2U” featuring Justin Bieber (#43)
Country Airplay: “Livin’ on Summertime”, Gord Bamford (#48)
Country Airplay: “”Life’s About to Get Good”, Shania Twain (#49)

Top Canadian Artist Song by Chart

Hot 100: “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber (#1)
Hot Digital: “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber (#1)
Hot 100 Airplay: “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber (#1)
All-Format: “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber (#3)
CHR: “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber (#1)
Rock: “Knocking at the Door”, Arkells (#1)
Country: “Chills”, James Barker Band (#5)
AC: “I Feel It Coming”, The Weeknd (#5)
Hot AC: “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber (#5)
UK: “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber (#2)
Australia: “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber (#1)
USA: “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber (#1)
Franco Airplay (Quebec): “Fou”, Andréanne A. Malette (#1)
Franco Sales (Quebec): “Tout me ramène à toi”, Roch Voisine (#1)

Chart Highlights June 20, 2017

Interesting fact: Shawn Hook becomes the first non-Ontarian Canadian artist to score a Top 40 hit in 2017. The British Columbian’s “Reminding Me” featuring US singer Vanessa Hudgens broke into the upper echelon last week and is up a notch this week to #37.

Justin Bieber‘s teaming up with EDM specialist David Guetta results in a debut at #4 on the Hot 100 with “2U”. The track is #2 at Hot Digital Songs

For those who like urban music … “To the Max”, the DJ Khaled track featuring Drake is into the Top 40 at #32.

Toronto R&B singer Mckenzie Small released EP Half of Me back in April, and her song “Dynamite” is bubbling under the CHR airplay chart and the Canadian Emerging Artists chart. For this, she receives a feature in Nielsen Music’s newsletter this week. Check out the MV below.

Speaking of CHR, Hedley‘s new single “Love Again” makes an entrance at #38 and Hot AC at #37. New City‘s “Dirty Secrets” lands on the Hot AC chart at #36. Perhaps the biggest news of all this week is that “Chills” by James Barker Band (Barrie, ON) is #1 at country radio this week! Speaking of country music, Dallas Smith has released a new music video for his song “Sky Stays This Blue” from his album Side Effects. We embed it below.

Chart Highlights June 6, 2017

“Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber spends its 4th week at No. 1 on the Hot 100. “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes is now up to #12. Shawn Hook‘s “Reminding Me” vaults from #61 to #47. Alberta’s Aaron Goodvin squeaks into the chart with country tune “Lonely Drum” at #100.

Serena Ryder‘s Utopia debuts at #10 on the Albums Chart.

“Cold to the Touch” by Toronto’s Ralph (signed to Vancouver’s 604 Records) debuts at #39 on the Mainstream AC chart, and she receives the artist spotlight feature in this week’s Nielsen newsletter.

Tops at All-Format Airplay is “Something Just Like This” by the tar-sucking Chainsmokers and always hot Coldplay. The highest charting Canadian artist track at #6 is “Stay” by Alessia Cara and Zedd, or “Zee” as he would be called in The United States. CHR likes “It Ain’t Me” by Kygo and Selena Gomez followed by the aforementioned “Stay” at #2. Rock radio is diggin’ Arkells “Knocking at the Door”. Brett Young Champions Country with “In Case You Didn’t Know” with “Chills” by James Barker Band repping the Great White North at #3. AC is drooling over the “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran with a nod to The Weeknd‘s “I Feel It Coming” at #4. Finally, Hot AC favours the aforementioned “Something Just Like This” with the Weeknd track sitting at #5.

“Dirty Secrets” by Canada’s New City whispers into the CHR chart at #38, and new track “Everything Now” by Arcade Fire debuts at #31 on Rock radio.

Canadian hits abroad? “Despacito” featuring the Biebs is at #1 in The United Kingdom, Australia, and The United States. The Aussies like Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” which is at #4! It was at #4 in Britain but dips to #5 there this week. The Americans prefer “Stay” by Alessia Cara and Zedd which is at #7.

Regarding the important Canadian Franco hits, back at #1 at radio is Patrice Michaud‘s “Kamikaze”. Isabelle Boulay has the #1 album, En vérité, and Ludovick Bourgeois (this year’s winner of The Voice) the top track: “Si je commençais”. Note that this data is from the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.

This Week’s Chart Highlights and Other News

“I just want to send my love to everybody affected by this and to Ariana and the team. Concerts are events people should never be afraid to attend. They are places for love and complete happiness, and I am so sorry that things took an opposite direction last night. I hope I speak for every artist by saying that we will not stop spreading positivity and love through music no matter the situation.” —Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes‘ “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back” reaches a new Billboard Hot 100 peak position at #15 this week. New on the chart is Scott Helman‘s “Kinda Complicated” at #96.

No Canadian artist albums debuted in the Top 10 this week.

Allan Rayman enters the Emerging Artists’ Top 30 with song “13”. The Ottawa Valley’s Kelly Prescott receives a feature in Nielsen’s artist spotlight for her country song “Hillbilly Jewels”.

Dallas Smith‘s latest “Sky Stays So Blue” debuts on the Country Airplay chart at #41.

New Brunswick’s Roch Voisine has the best-selling Franco song with “Tout me ramène à toi”. Right behind him is Roxane Bruneau with “J’pas stressée” off upcoming album Dysphorie (June 2). On the airwaves, Andréanne A. Malette takes the cake with “Fou”.

A Comparison of Drake’s Hits Among the Major Anglo Markets

There’s no question that Drake completely cleaned up at last night’s 2017 Billboard Music Awards breaking the record with 13 trophies. As a sole main artist, Drake here at home has thus far placed 74 tracks onto the Billboard Hot 100. Forty of these have made the Top 40, nine the Top 10, with his lone number one hit being “One Dance”. Another way of looking at it is that 19 of the tracks spent more than 20 weeks on the chart, six more than 30, and two more than 40. His success on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 has been even more impressive. In the beginning of his music career, Drake’s success in the United States far exceeded success elsewhere including Canada. As he frolicked his way from rapping over to singing and from rap music over to R&B, dance, and pop, his tracks, while retaining success in the US, did better in the other Anglo markets (The United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia). The following table shows this. All Top 10 hits in any of the four major Anglo markets are included. There are a total of 15.

Best I Ever Had 24     2
Forever 26 99 42 8
Find Your Love 10   24 5
Make Me Proud 25 95 49 9
Take Care 15 9 9 7
Started from the Bottom 36 93 25 6
Hold On, We’re Going… 5 8 4 4
Hotline Bling 3 2 3 2
Summer Sixteen 12 25 23 6
One Dance 1 1 1 1
Too Good 9 3 3 14
Fake Love 10 16 10 8
Passionfruit 2 4 3 8
Portland 6   27 9
Blem 8   10 38

Nielsen SoundScan Top 40 Hits in Canada, 2002

Find below all Top 40 hits in Canada for year 2002 during the Nielsen SoundScan era. There are 153 of them, 26 from Canadian artists. Based on the chart performance through the year, we can say that the biggest of the Canadian hits was “Hero” by Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, off the Spider-Man soundtrack. In the tables below, sorted by peak position and then alphabetically by song title, we have included the nationality of the artist as well as the date of the chart in which the song reached its peak. More charts…







This Week’s Charts and Other News

The Prism Prize has awarded Martin C. Pariseau $15,000 for directing the organization’s favourite music video of the year, Kaytranada’s “Lite Spots” an MV that features a dancing robot.

Albertan country duo High Valley lands a number one single, its first. “I Be U Be” boots Sam Hunt from the summit to become the #1 song in the land at country radio. The song debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at #92.

Also new to the Hot 100 is “Selfish” from Ontario’s Virginia to Vegas, at #88. Allophone song “Despacito” featuring Anglophone Justin Bieber takes the top spot. Last week’s number one, which also features the Biebs – among many other featured artists – slips to #3, that being “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled. “Reminding Me” by Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens vaults from #92 to #74. Vanessa will be co-hosting the Billboard Music Awards with performances by Céline Dion and Drake. The hope would be that Vanessa’s return to the spotlight will shine some light on the new song and onto our wonderfully talented Shawn Hook.

Diana Krall‘s new album Turn Up the Quiet debuts at #8.

Featured in the Nielsen newsletter is Barrie, Ontario country singer Dani Strong for her song “Wild One”. It is bubbling under the Country airplay chart and the Canadian Emerging Artists chart. Dani was the only Canadian to make the top 50 in US TV show “Nashville Star.” She has opened for Eli Young Band and Jess Moskaluke and released her debut album Time to Breathe in October.

At rock radio, Arkells enter into the #1 room after “Knocking at the Door”.

Canadian Chart Highlights and Other News

France has decided on rule by Mr. Macaroni over Madame Le Stylo, South Korea is under the Moon, and Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have applied for a position no longer held by James Comey. But who cares? We’re in the business of music.

The upcoming Billboard Music Awards recently confirmed that Céline Dion will perform her 1998 mega hit “My Heart Will Go On” from blockbuster film Titanic, a movie that broke all box office records and was directed by Canada’s own James Cameron. In a piece of trivia, one of the stars of the movie was Billy Zane who was in Avril Lavigne’s “Rock N Roll” MV. This marks the 20th anniversary since release of the film. The other booked Canadian performer is Drake who is enjoying more life these days.

Shawn Hook made an appearance on The Today Show with Vanessa Hudgens to perform new song “Reminding Me”. The song has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #92 with help from being #34 at CHR and #36 at Hot AC radio. It was such an incredible performance, we embed it below.

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” has packed up from its 16-week stint at number one on the Hot 100. Dethroning it is “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled with a queue of featured artists including Justin Bieber. Elsewhere on the chart, besides Hook, “Chills” by James Barker Band materializes at #94.

Feist‘s Pleasure hits up the Albums chart at #7 and is the only Canadian artist debut in the Top 10.

“Cold Right Now” by Edmonton’s Letters from Pluto finds itself at #35 at AC radio and the act receives this week’s Nielsen Artist Spotlight feature.

Exciting things abound at country radio, as three of the top four songs are from Canadian artists. Trailing Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” are High Valley‘s “I Be U Be” at #2, Jess Moskaluke‘s “Drive Me Away” #3, and James Barker Band’s “Chills” #4. Moskaluke’s achievement is that this is the first time in nine years that a Canadian female has cracked the Top 3 on the country charts.

We leave you with Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens’ live performance.

This Week’s Chart Highlights and Other News

Céline Dion and Drake, very different in style, are two Canadian awesomes and they are both booked to perform at the upcoming 2017 Billboard Music Awards which will be held in the US city of Las Vegas on May 21. Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Drake, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, and PartyNextDoor have nominations. Drake leads the pack with a total of 22, and The Weeknd has 13.

On the Hot 100, Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back” debuts at #17, at #8 in Australia, at #7 in the United Kingdom, and at #44 in the United States. It looks like the Brits dig it most. “Lust for Life” by Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd enters the Canadian Hot 100 at #39.

“Reminding Me” by Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens lands on the Emerging Artists chart at the strong position of #14. Both it and James Barker Band’s “Chills” are bubbling under the Hot 100.

Killin’ it at Franco radio is “Fou” by Andréanne A. Malette. Song sales crown “Je déteste ma vie” by Désirée off La Voix 5 various artists album which is tops in terms of album sales this week. On the overall Canadian albums chart, the bilingual work betters its debut at #7 last week to #4 this week, as The Voice prepares for the grand finale this weekend.

In the land down under, “Stay” by Alessia Cara and Zedd is the preferred Canadian artist song at #7. The single is currently at #11 in the United States. The Brits, however, are still snacking on Drake’s “Passionfruit”.

Last but not least, Go Sens! and Go Oilers!

Chart Highlights for April 18, 2017


While most albums achieve their peak position at their debut on the charts these days, it is not so for Mario Pelchat. With his beautiful album Agnus Dei, the platinum, 4-time JUNO nominee and gifted vocalist first leapt from #23 to #9, and now this week climbs higher on the albums chart to #5.


Nothing much to report on the definitive chart this week. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is the song to beat, spending its 14th week at the summit. Even his fellow Englishman Harry Styles failed to dethrone him with “Sign of the Times” (#6).


Knocking at door #18 thanks to the new single, we find Arkells. Nielsen music shines the artist spotlight on DYLN this week who is busy on a radio tour promoting her new single “Better Things”. DYLN is originally from Vancouver Island.


New Canadian artist entries in the All-Format Top 50 are Scott Helman‘s “Kinda Complicated” (#43), Drake‘s “Passionfruit” (#46), and Alyssa Reid‘s “Badlands” (#47). The aforementioned “Knocking at the Door” by Arkells debuts in rock radio at #32. New at country radio are Tim Hicks‘ “Slide Over” (#43) and Alee‘s “When I Do” (#50).


The longstanding Franco airplay number one, Patrice Michaud’s “Kamikaze,” has been unseated by Andréanne A. Malette‘s folk song “Fou”. She’s from Granby and was a finalist in the 2012 season of Star Academy. In terms of digital downloads of tracks, Safia Nolin takes the cake with “La laideur”. Regarding album sales, the aforementioned Agnus Dei by Mario Pelchat et les Prêtres is tops. Bear in mind, the data is for the province of Quebec only, not Canada wide.


“Stay” by Alessia Cara and Germany’s Zedd has been liked more Down Under than in the Great White North. It peaked at #3, and at #5 this week, continues as the top entry on the Australian chart involving a Canadian artist. At home, the song reached a peak last week at #9, down a notch to #10 this week. In Britain, it achieves a new peak position this week at #8. Currently however, the Brits have a passion for Drake‘s “Passionfruit” which is at #5 having attained a peak at #3 previously. Americans prefer “Stay” over “Passionfruit”, though the former is slightly less popular than in the other Anglo markets reaching a new peak at #14 this week.

Chart News April 11, 2017: Dallas Smith is #1!

The big news regarding this week’s charts is that Dallas Smith has scored his third number one single at country radio. Bolstered by a powerhouse performance at the 2017 JUNO Awards gala, “Side Effects” dethrones Jason Aldean from the top spot becoming the biggest country hit in the land. Congratulations Dallas!

The Hot 100 this week sees a new chart peak for Alessia Cara’s collaboration with Zedd, “Stay,” no doubt boosted by her performance at the JUNO Awards, an event that attracted 1.2 million viewers. There are two new entries this week that involve homegrown artists. “Come Closer” by WizKid featuring Drake debuts at #68 and Walk Off the Earth’s “Fire in My Soul” burns up to #95. The top Canadian artist entry on the Hot 100 continues to be Drake’s “Passionfruit” though it slips from #2 to #7.

At #10, the aforementioned “Stay” is the top digital song involving a Canadian. The song can be heard everywhere except among United Airlines staff. The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” stays at #2 on Hot 100 Airplay, #1 on Emerging Artists for the 4th week, #2 on All-Format Airplay, #3 on CHR, #5 on AC. On Hot AC it’s all Alessia Cara, as “Scars to Your Beautiful” leaps 3 notches to #2. Mother Mother continues as the top Canadian act at Rock fixed at #5.

No Canadian albums debut in the Top 25 this week. More Life by Drake spends its third week at #1.

Canadian Chart Highlights: April 4, 2017

The NHL may no longer have a passion for the Winter Olympics, perhaps because Gary Bettman’s country is tired of losing to Team Canada, but fruity Toronto urbanist Drake has “Passionfruit” continuing on as the top Canadian artist entry on the Billboard Hot 100 at #2. PartyNextDoor, alias of Mississauga’s Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, enjoys a feature on Zayn’s “Still Got Time” which debuts on the chart at #22. Zayne of course was a member of now defunct British Isles group One Direction. The song enters the Hot Digital Songs chart at #15. “Stay” by Alessia Cara and Zedd, which was performed at the JUNO Awards on Sunday, is tops for a Canadian artist track on that chart at #11 while Hot 100 Airplay prefers The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” at #2. “Wild One” by Lucky Rose featuring Tep No is new on the Emerging Artists chart at #27. Portfolio by Canadian artist Genevieve Leclerc lands at #8 on the Top Albums chart. Agnus Dei by Mario Pelchat & Les Pretres vaults from #23 into the top 10 at #9. Drake’s More Life spends its second week at #1. In terms of airplay format charts, the aforementioned “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd takes top Canadian artist honours at All Format (#2), CHR (#3), AC (#5), and Hot AC (#4). Rock prefers Mother Mother (#5) while Country opts for Dallas Smith (#5) for “Side Effects” which he performed at the JUNOs.

Chart and JUNO News: March 28, 2017

The JUNO awards are getting feisty. In this case, we’re talkin’ (Leslie) Feist. Question: how may JUNO Awards has Feist won? One? Two? Three? Four? The answer might surprise you. She’s won 10 trophies! The multiplatinum, eclectic artist from Calgary will apply her scratchy vocals in a JUNO gala tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen. Organizers have also announced that Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jazz Cartier, Jim Cuddy, and Sam Roberts Band will be among the presenters at the 2.5-hour broadcast from Ottawa April 2, i.e. this Sunday! Yes, time flies.

The charts are out this week. The big news is that Drake’s new album More Life is #1 and supplies a batch of songs that have infiltrated the Hot 100, including “Passionfruit” at #2. Vincent Vallières’ Le temps des vivants debuts on the albums chart at #10. Besides the usual players, three newbies find themselves burrowing into the emerging artists chart: Jahkoy’s “California Heaven” #27, River Town Saints’ “Bonfire” #28, and James Barker Band’s “Chills” #29. Nielsen features Saskatchewan country artist Samara Yung for single “Scared Enough” in its artist spotlight this week.