Lindsay Ell Scores First Female Canadian #1 Country Song in 10 Years!

From the city of Crowchild Trail, Benny the Bear, and the Saddledome, Calgary’s Lindsay Ell, discovered by Randy Bachman when she was just 15, has just done something no other female Canadian artist has been able to do for 10 long years.

Releasing her gold, magenta, and vermillion tinged album The Project in 2017, hailed by Billboard magazine as the best country album of the year, Lindsay let loose the blistering track “Criminal”, and it has decimated the charts. It is the number one country radio single in the land, and the first from a maple-femme artist since Terri Clark’s “In My Next Life” from 2008. “Criminal” has also entered the Top 20 in the United States’ nationwide country airplay chart!

For many years, a Canadian artist was unable to scratch the surface of the country charts until Gord Bamford’s fireball, “When Your Lips Are So Close” in November 2013. This was followed by a string of number ones by Canadians, but all gentlemen: “Bounty” by Dean Brody, “Wastin’ Gas” by Dallas Smith, “Airwaves” by Brett Kissel, “Autograph” by Dallas Smith, “Side Effects” by Dallas Smith, “I Be U Be” by High Valley, “Chills” by James Barker Band, “Sky Stays This Blue” by Dallas Smith, “Sleepin’ Around” by Dallas Smith, and “8th Day” by Dean Brody.

On the accomplishment, Lindsay states, “I am humbled and grateful to be the first female artist to have a #1 since 2008 on the Canadian country radio charts. Sometimes you work so hard for the things you want, they feel surreal when they happen. Thank you country radio for believing in me and making this possible. Thank you to each and every fan for never giving up on me. I will try my best to continue to make you proud.”

Ell is currently on tour with Brad Paisely and will join Sugarland for 20+ dates in the summer. She is set to play with Keith Urban in Canadian arenas in September. Check out her website for dates.

By scoring a number one country hit, Lindsay Ell has blown the field wide open for Canadian women. 

We embed the MV for “Criminal” below. As you can hear, it’s very catchy with delicious vocal hooks and excellent guitar work from Lindsay Ell herself.


The Weeknd Dethrones Drake to Claim the Biggest Song in the Land

The Weeknd‘s latest disc, EP My Dear Melancholy, crowns the Billboard Top Albums chart, and all six of its tracks populate the upper reaches of the Hot 100 including this week’s number one – “Call Out My Name” which bumps Drake‘s “God’s Plan” down to #2. Positions of the other tracks are as follows: “Try Me” #7, “Wasted Times” #8, “I Was Never There” #12, “Hurt You” #17, and “Privilege” #22. It’s interesting that these positions match the track order on the EP, probably a consequence of streaming.

Marc Hervieux‘s Nos Chansons hangs in the Top 10, dropping to #7 from #5 last week. Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour debuts at #11. She may be American but guess what … Bragg Creek, Alberta JUNO award winning sound engineer Shawn Everett had a hand in the mixing. It is being hailed by many critics as the best album of 2018 so far. Yoan‘s Depuis Longtemps slips from #11 to #14.

The Weeknd Hot 100 Chart Stats

With the new six charting tracks from The Weekend, he has now placed a total of 48 on the Billboard Hot 100: 37 as the main artist, 2 in a collaboration, and 9 as a featured artist. His first charting entry as a main artist was “Wicked Games” debuting Halloween 2012 and reaching a peak position of #43 on Boxing Day. “Crew Love” by Drake featuring The Weeknd was the first time we saw the latter on the chart. The track debuted August 29, 2012 peaking at #80 the following week. Of The Weeknd’s 48 charting singles, 31 have made the Top 40, 11 the Top 10, and 4 number ones: “The Hills”, “Can’t Feel My Face”, “Starboy”, and now “Call Out My Name”.

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

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

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

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

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

The Charts for March 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The four latest are these:

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

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

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

Charts Update: February 13, 2018

The real heroes this week are our Olympic athletes. Previously we listed the first four medalists as

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

We can add six more including three gold as follows

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

Onto this week’s charts…

Drake and The Weeknd seemed to have experienced a religious vision judging by the song titles they are going with. Drake’s “God’s Plan” remains at the summit of the Hot 100, and The Weeknd’s “Pray for Me” debuts at #6. It is taken from the soundtrack of action adventure sci-fi feature film Black Panther. You won’t find much CanCon save for the lower portion of the chart. On a side note, perhaps due to the Olympics in South Korea, K-pop is being consumed in greater volumes, and Red Velvet’s “Bad Boy” debuts at #87.

On the Top Albums chart, Changing Colours from Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs enters at #5. Milk & Bone‘s Deception Bay is at #22.

Only the top two on the emerging artist chart have songs in the Hot 100: Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine and Scott Helman.

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.

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.

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
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

Charts Update November 7, 2017: Edmonton’s Kapri on the Rise

Gord Downie Scores No. 1 Album

Gord Downie’s solo record Introduce Yerself debuts at #1 on the Albums chart this week selling 9,000 copies. It’s the Kingstoner’s first chart-topping solo album outdoing his last effort, 2016’s Secret Path which peaked at #4. Introduce Yerself is the 5th 2017 Canadian artist album to reach the summit of the chart.

Theory of a Deadman Croaks into the Hot 100

British Columbian rock band Theory of a Deadman enters the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rx” at #90. It is the group’s 7th excursion into the chart, the most successful song being “All or Nothing” which peaked at #22 in early October 2008.

Boys Prefer Brunettes

“Boys and Blondes” the new single from Albertan modern rock duo Dear Rouge blisters into the Rock Airplay chart to #30.

The Luck of the Patrick

Meghan Patrick is the hottest name in country music these days after scooping up multiple CCMA awards including Female Artist of the Year. Her second full-length album will be out January 12, and its title-track “Country Music Made Me Do It” enters the Country Airplay charts at #47.

Kapri Is Digging Deeper

Albertans are unstoppable these days. The latest slayer from the province is Edmonton’s Kapri. She receives the Artist Spotlight feature in this week’s Nielsen Update newsletter for her delicious new song “Deeper”. She echoes the vibes from her fellow Albertan Kiesza in a deluxe R&B inflected EDM with a 90s feel. The track is bubbling under CHR Airplay. Her incredible talents have led to her being scooped up by Universal Music and is now based in Toronto. View the MV below.

Musique Francophone

“Comme Avant” by white hot folk pop duo 2Frères dominates radio airplay in Quebec. Brigitte Boisjoli’s Signé Plamondon is the hottest album and Patrice Michaud’s Félix winning “Kamikaze” the most purchased song.

Chart Rewind to 50 Years Ago

Fifty years ago, the following were the Top 10 songs in Canada, from the RPM chart of November 4, 1967:

1. People are Strange, The Doors
2. Hey Baby, The Buckinghams
3. Soul Man, Sam and Dave
4. Hole in My Shoe, Traffic
5. Your Precious Love, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
6. How Can I Be Sure, Young Rascals
7. Even the Bad Times Are Good, Tremeloes
8. Holiday, The Bee Gees
9. Let Love Come Between Us, James & Bobby Purify
10. You Can’t Do That, Nilsson

By comparison, the Top 10 Songs (from the Billboard Hot 100) in Canada for November 7, 2017 are the following:

1. Havana, Camila Cabello Ft. Young Thug
2. Rockstar, Post Malone Ft. 21 Savage
3. Gucci Gang, Lil Pump
4. Perfect, Ed Sheeran
5. Mi Gente, Balvin & William Ft. Beyonce
6. Too Good at Goodbyes, Sam Smith
7. …Ready for It?, Taylor Swift
8. Despacito, Fonsi & Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
9. Wolves, Selena Gomez X Marshmello
10. Feel It Still, Portugal The Man

Charlotte Cardin Makes Hot 100; Pierre Lapointe Has #1 Album

The bad news first. September was an abysmal month for Canadian artist hit singles. Two of the month’s weeks saw only 10 entries in the Hot 100, an all-time low. In contrast, the week of August 8, 2007 saw 39.

As things stand, this week’s chart has four in the Top 40 with nine more in 60-100 for a total of 13. Many of these are Canadians as featured or co-credited artists.

New on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is Charlotte Cardin with “Main Girl” at #98. It is the opening track off her EP of the same name released in September. This is her first charting single on the Hot 100. Charlotte recently signed a deal with Atlantic Records in the United States and is gunning for international success.

Canadian singer-songwriter Pierre Lapointe has this week’s #1 album, La Science Du Coeur. It is the 4th 2017 Canadian artist album to top the chart following albums from Drake, Arcade Fire, and Shania Twain. It is Pierre’s third chart-topping album.

And, Yes, the Twain Shall Meet

Canadian acts are one and two on the official albums chart this week, catapulting themselves ahead of new albums by the wrecking ball that is Miley Cyrus and jiu-jitsu enthusiast Demi Lovato. In some ways the Canadian artists are quite different. Shania Twain is a female country-pop soloist from Ontario; Hedley is an all-male pop group from BC. What cements them is the fantastic music they create, and together they dominated the past week in album consumption.

Shania Twain’s Now debuts at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. The album sold 72,000 copies in one week, the biggest 7-day total for an LP since Drake‘s Views sold 92,000 in May 2016. Now is the third 2017 Canadian artist album to hit #1, the others being More Life by Drake and Everything Now by Arcade Fire. Shania Twain is the second best-selling Canadian artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era (behind Céline Dion). Her Come on Over is the biggest selling album of that era. Now also debuted at #1 in The United Kingdom, Australia, and The United States.

Hedley’s Cageless debuts on this week’s chart at #2 with 9,000 consumption units. It is the band’s third album to enter in the top two. All seven of the group’s albums have peaked in the top six. Track “Better Days” from the new album enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #100.

Lights Scores 1st Top 10 Canadian Artist Album in 8 Weeks

It’s been a bit of a dry spell for Canadian artists on the official albums chart, but Lights took care of business, as she always does. The last Canadian artist album to debut in the Top 10 was Arcade Fire’s Everything Now back on August 8. Lights’ Skin & Earth debuts at #3 this week (in terms of pure album sales it was #2). This matches her highest charted album to date, Siberia. All of Lights’ album releases have made the Top 10. The Toronto electopop star is a multiple JUNO award winner and a platinum certified artist.

Skin & Earth is the 18th Canadian artist album to debut in the Top 10 in 2017. USS kicked off the year with New World Alphabet (#3). Two albums reached #1: the aforementioned Arcade Fire album and Drake’s More Life. Expect to see Shania Twain and Hedley in next week’s Top 10.

The Charts for Sep 5, 2017

This week, hurricane Irma nabs the headlines; it’s the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever with winds nearing 300 km/h. An evil clown takes over the box office. And Lonely Planet gives Edmonton a harsh review which has city councillors hitting back especially since it gave very positive reviews of Calgary. Ouch.

Onto this week’s charts…

On the Billboard Hot 100, “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber ends its reign at the summit after 16 weeks. “Look What You Made Me Do” by U.S. singer Taylor Swift takes its place at the top. “Unfazed” by Lil Uzi Vert featuring The Weeknd is new at #71.

Mendes holds the title on Hot 100 Airplay with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” at #1. Swift takes the crown at Hot Digital. Hyped R&B newcomer Daniel Caesar debuts at three spots in the Top 10 on the Emerging Artists chart.

In the artist spotlight this week is Van. And, no, she isn’t from Vancouver, but Montreal. Bubbling under CHR airplay and Emerging Artists is her single “Lock My Love Down”. She’s only 17 and full of spunk. Vanessa Piunno spent her childhood in music videos and commercials. Festival performances led to her hooking up with producer Tino Izzo (Bobby Bazini). We previously featured her here. See lyric video below.

“Problems” by SonReal has squeaked into the All-Format Top 50. Aside from that, not much new CanCon on the radio charts.