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.

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”.