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.
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