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.


This Week’s Charts, A New Multiplatinum Artist, and Other News

Country superstar Dean Brody is now officially a multiplatinum recording artist, as his single “Bring Down the House” was recently certified double platinum by Music Canada. His “Bush Party” single has gone gold.

United States viewership of this year’s MTV Video Music Awards gala was down to 5.68 million from 6.5 million in 2016 and 9.8 million in 2015. The show featured performances by Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara, the latter taking home two trophies.

Scotiabank has figured out what to do with all the money it has accumulated from the service charges with which it nastily dings us. The bank paid 800 million dollars to ensure that Toronto’s 20,000 seat Air Canada Centre in 2018 becomes known as the Scotiabank Arena. The deal is for 20 years.

Victoria, BC’s Skye Holland is featured in this week’s Nielsen Canadian Music Update newsletter. Her new song “We Could Be” is bubbling under the Hot AC airplay chart and the Emerging Artists chart. As a featured artist, Skye’s vocals have been highly sought after by others in both the U.S. and Canada. Hear the song below.

Justin Bieber‘s collaboration in “Despacito” has kept it at the summit of the Hot 100 for 16 weeks now. Speculation is that the new Taylor Swift song will … shake it off … from the top spot next week. Bieber’s “Friends” with BloodPop skyrockets from #96 to #4.

For “Carnival Hearts”, Kayla Diamond is new on the Emerging Artists chart at #29.


12 Things to Know About This Week’s Charts, 22 August 2017

Many are in a frenzy with the announcement of a new Taylor Swift album and record companies are no doubt rescheduling releases away from November 10. The announcement from the gal who walked away from country music coincides with that of Country Music Television’s ceasing the play of music videos effective August 27. We don’t buy the assertion that video streaming is the culprit in dwindling viewership tuning in to watch MVs, interviews, and live performances. Radio stations haven’t thrown in the towel due to the existence of audio streaming. The real reason probably has more to do with the fact that showing broad-spectrum appeal programming like Terminator 2 and The Avengers makes more money for the avaricious suits.

Those savouring hat music can tune in to the CCMA awards Sep 10. The list of performers is now complete. See international cowboys Brett Young and Blake Shelton; female slayers Jess Moskaluke, Madeline Merlo, and Meghan Patrick; groups James Barker Band, High Valley, and The Washboard Union; and gents Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Gord Bamford, Tim Hicks, Dean Brody, and Brett Kissel. 

And now, onto this week’s charts…

1. “Despacito” spends its 15th week at No. 1 tying Marc Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”. The record for the most weeks at the top of the Hot 100 is claimed by both The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” and Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” at 16 weeks. “Despacito” has already slipped to #3 in Australia where Pink is more popular and #5 in Britain where Dua Lipa is all the rage.

2. “Reminding Me” by Shawn Hook spends its 16th week on the Hot 100. Music Canada recently certified it platinum which is the British Columbian’s second single to make the grade.

3. Three tracks by Canucks debut on the Hot 100: “Figures” by Jessie Reyez #95, “Friends” by Justin Bieber (& BloodPop) #96, and “Bend” by Ria Mae #100.

4. The aforementioned “Friends” by the Biebs debuts on Hot Digital Songs at #15.

5. 2Frères are #1 for song sales in Quebec with “Comme avant”. Tops at BDS continues to be Andréanne A. Malette’s “Fou”.

6. Shawn Mendes champions Hot 100 Airplay, Hot AC, and All-Format Airplay with “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”.

7. SonReal enters the Emerging Canadian Artists chart at #16 thanks to some “Problems”.

8. Girl rock band The Beaches (not to be confused with Beaches) receives the Artist Spotlight feature in Nielsen Music’s newsletter. New single “Money” is bubbling under the Modern Rock airplay chart.

9. Madeline Merlo’s “Motel Flamingo” debuts on All-Format Airplay at #48.

10. “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber is tops at CHR and his “Friends” debuts at the radio format at #36.

11. “Drop Me in the Water” by Our Lady Peace graces Rock Radio at #38.

12. Vancouver newcomer Shawn Austin ventures onto the Country charts with “Paradise Found” (#49) and Pembroke, ON’s Jason Blaine squeaks in at #50 c/o “Born to Love”.

The Charts: Arcade Fire’s Everything Now Debuts at #1

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve looked at the charts; that’s because there hasn’t been much excitement as far as CanCon goes.

This week, Arcade Fire’s Everything Now debuts at #1 on the Albums chart. It is only the second 2017 Canadian album to top the chart, the first being Drake’s More Life. Everything Now is the Montreal group’s fourth straight chart topper. The album accumulated 52,000 total consumption units and has the year’s second highest one-week sales total, behind Ed Sheeran’s Divide.

On the Hot 100, “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber spends its 13th week on top. The MV has become the most viewed on YouTube and the first to break 3 billion. The track remains at #1 on Hot Digital Songs; however, when it comes to Hot 100 Airplay Shawn Mendes one-ups the amigos with “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”.

Shawn Hook remains at the pinnacle of the Emerging Artists chart; “Reminding Me” is up to #32 on the Hot 100. New on Emerging Artists (#20) is urban artist Jessie Reyez with “Figures”, and Nielsen places the Torontonian in the Artist Spotlight this week. The track premiered on Beats 1 Radio. Jessie’s EP Kiddo, released in April, will be getting a major label release.

Mendes is king of All-Format Airplay and Hot AC. “Despacito” does the honours at CHR. AC radio prefers “Something Just Like This” by the C and C music factory that is The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. Chris Lane champions Country with “For Her” and Queens of the Stone Age at Rock for “The Way You Used to Do”.

New at All-Format Airplay is Drake‘s “Signs”, #40. The aforementioned Jessie Reyes hits up CHR with “Figures” at #26. USS is charming Rock with “California Medication”. Lindsay Ell‘s “Waitin on You” trots into Country at #40. AC radio is digging “Carnival Hearts” by Kayla Diamond, #35. Nothing new heats up Hot AC this week.

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!