The 2016 Canadian Invasion

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A number of Canadian artist singles made it onto 2016’s year-end charts in various countries. Not all countries have charts and only some who have them formulate annual ones. We looked at charts in the major Anglo country markets (Canada itself, the USA, UK, and Australia) and at Japan which is #2 in the world. In Canada itself, 32 of the Top 100 for the year were by or featured a homegrown artist. This is a new record in Canadian chart history. In the USA, there are 26 Canadian artist entries, 16 in the UK, and 14 in Australia. In Japan where, obviously, Japanese language songs are preferred, four songs from two Canuck label-mates made it into the year-end Top 100.

In the table below, you can see all Canadian artist songs that made it into at least one of the charts in the five countries. Canadian artists had the #1 song of the year in three of them (and all 3 are different songs). Canadians preferred Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” (they are stereotyped as being polite), while Americans went for “Love Yourself” (they are typecast as having narcissistic tendencies). The Brits favoured Drake’s “One Dance” (perhaps they’re asking for one more dance with Europe pre-Brexit) which was the top Canadian entry on the Australian chart at #2. Aussie artist Flume’s “Never Be Like You” which features Kai was 4th of the year down under. “One Dance” and “Treat You Better” were the most agreed upon in the four countries where they made the charts, as the positions were quite comparable. “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake was a much bigger hit in the States (#4) than in Australia (#40). Carly Rae Jepsen continues to sweep the Japanese off their feet. “Call Me Maybe”, now over five years old, still made it onto the 2016 year-end chart. “I Really Like You” finished 6th in 2015 and squeaked into the 2016 chart as well (#95).

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Canadian Albums that Topped the UK Charts

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The Official Charts of the United Kingdom recently released lists of the all the number one albums in Britain, the top album each year, and the 60 best-selling albums of all time in the country. Three of the latter are from Canadian artists. We eyeballed through the lists and our findings are below. Only a baker’s dozen Canadian artists have placed an album at the summit of the British charts over the years.

The first number one album by a Canadian artist in the United Kingdom was Neil Young‘s Harvest in 1972. It took 19 years for another Canadian album to top the British charts, Bryan AdamsWaking Up the Neighbours in 1991. In 1994, his So Far So Good also reached the summit. Céline Dion was next thanks to The Colour of My Love in 1995 followed by Falling Into You in 1996. The same year Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill hit #1 and is now the third best-selling Canadian album of all time in the UK (41st overall as of July 2016). It was the best-selling album of the year 1996. Bryan Adams returned to the zenith in 1996 via 18 Til I Die. Let’s Talk About Love from Céline Dion did the trick in 1997.

In 1999, Come on Over by Shania Twain was the best-selling album of the year and became the highest selling LP from a Canadian of all-time in the UK (15th overall), remarkable in a country not known for its zeal towards country music. Céline Dion’s All the Way a Decade of Song managed to squeak itself into the top spot that year as well. Nickelback did the honours in 2002 with Silver Side Up back to back weeks with Dion’s A New Day Has Come. In 2003, Avril Lavigne kicked off the year with her #1 Let Go. Her Under My Skin scaled the heights in 2004, and The Best Damn Thing in 2007.

It was Michael Bublé‘s turn in 2010; his Crazy Love is now the second best-selling Canuck LP in Britain (24th overall). Arcade Fire made an appearance on top the same year with The Suburbs. Bublé returned in 2011 thanks to Christmas. Justin Bieber‘s Believe was on top in 2012 and Bublé’s To Be Loved in 2013. AmeriCanadian Robin Thicke was #1 in 2013 as well thanks to album Blurred Lines. Arcade Fire returned to the summit in 2013 with Reflektor. 2015 saw a number one Canadian album from The Weeknd (Beauty Behind the Madness). Drake‘s Views went #1 in 2016.

The best-selling album of all-time in the United Kingdom was not Michael Jackson’s Thriller (6th), rather 1981’s Greatest Hits by Queen. In second spot is 1992’s Gold (Greatest Hits) by Sweden’s ABBA. The Beatles are in at #3 and biggest studio album with 1967’s Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Adele’s 21 is 4th and Oasis’ What’s the Story Morning Glory 5th.

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Drake Tops the UK Singles Chart

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Canada’s most internationally famous rapper, Drake, has scored his first number one single as a lead artist … in Britain. The track in question is the newly released “Once Dance”. As a lead artist, Drake has never reached the top in either his homeland of Canada or where he has been the most successful among the big Anglo markets – the United States. Prior to “One Dance”, all of Drake’s singles as a lead artist have charted higher in the US than in Canada or the UK with the exception of “Crew Love”, which made the top 40 in Britain. (“Hold On, We’re Going Home” reached #4 in Both the US and UK and #5 in Canada). A reasonable explanation for his superior popularity in the States is that that country likes rap music more than Commonwealth nations. The UK updates its charts on Fridays as opposed to Tuesdays in the US and Canada which may explain why “One Dance” debuted higher there. Below is a chronological list of all of Drake’s hit singles – 24 in total – that made the top 40 in Canada, the US, or UK with peak chart positions in the three countries for comparison. Note that the list excludes tracks where Drake is a featured or co-credited artist.

TRACK CA US UK
Best I Ever Had 24 2  
Successful   17  
I’m Going In   40  
Forever 26 8 42
Over 17 14 50
Find Your Love 10 5 24
Miss Me 73 15  
Fancy 54 25  
Marvin’s Room   21  
Headlines 18 13 57
Make Me Proud 25 9 49
Take Care 15 7 9
The Motto 38 14 80
Crew Love 80 80 37
Started from the Bottom 36 6 25
Hold On, We’re Going Home 5 4 4
All Me 72 20  
0 to 100 / The Catch Up 59 35 68
Energy 53 26 71
Back to Back 27 21 77
Hotline Bling 3 2 3
Summer Sixteen 12 6 23
One Dance 13 21 1
Pop Style 20 16 33

3 Canadians in IFPI’s Top 10 of 2015

ifpi logoInternational music trade organization IFPI has announced the 10 most successful recording artists of 2015 in countries that track music consumption, and the list includes three Canadians: Justin Bieber #4, Drake #9, and The Weeknd #10. The recipient of 2015’s Global Recording Artist of the Year award is the UK’s Adele. The global recording artist of 2014 was Taylor Swift and 2013 was One Direction.

Measurements to rank the Top 10 in the IFPI’s own words:

The independently verified Global Recording Artist chart includes sales of albums – across digital, CD and vinyl formats; singles, both downloaded and physical; on-demand audio streams and music videos across the calendar year. The chart includes all the music of each artist featured, not just one track or album. It uses track and album equivalents to combine measurements of downloads, physical sales and streams.

The Top 10:

1. Adele
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Taylor Swift
4. Justin Bieber
5. One Direction
6. Coldplay
7. Maroon 5
8. Sam Smith
9. Drake
10. The Weeknd

Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” Hits #1 in the UK

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It has peaked on the Canadian charts at #10, in the United States at #8, and in Australia at #4, but “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes has managed to tap right into the British soul as it tops the UK’s official singles chart this week. With it, Mendes becomes only the 11th Canadian artist in the history of the British singles charts to reach the top. His cracking into the British market happened later than in both Canada and The United States. “Life of the Party” barely scratched the Top 100 spending only 1 week at #99. He got his foot in the door by way of a feature in The Vamps’ “Oh Cecilia” single which reached #9. “Stitches” knocked Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” (#1 for six weeks) off the top spot in Britain by selling only 1,500 more (combined sales) last week.

Justin Bieber Breaks Another UK Chart Record

The Canadian invasion continues in Britain with new chart records being broken all the time. This week’s chart has all four top spots occupied by Canadian artists. Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” vaulted from last week’s #12 to #4 this week. It is the Ontarioan’s first Top 40 hit in the UK. The top three spots on the singles chart are all taken by The Biebs. “Love Yourself” is #1, “Sorry” #2, and “What Do You Mean” #3. This is a new chart record in Britain as no artist has ever claimed the top 3 simultaneously since the UK charts began in 1952.

At home, Justin Bieber’s Purpose has just been declared a triple platinum album by Music Canada for pure sales of 240,000 units. It is his third album to achieve the milestone, the others being Under the Mistletoe and My World 2.0.

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International Canadian Hits of 2015

Not all countries have official charts and of those that do, not all have annual or year-end charts. Measurements of the success of songs are not standardized internationally. Some counties use karaoke charts, some sales or digital downloads only, some radio airplay, some streaming, and some various combinations of these with different weightings for each parameter. Also, whereas Billboard (which Canada uses) considers the chart year differently from the calendar year, many countries use the strict calendar year. Below is a table of all hits involving Canadian artists that made the official 2015 year-end charts of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. Below that are notes on charts for selected other countries.

Both the UK and Australia preferred Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” over all other Canadian songs, which is 9th of the year on both charts. The United States favoured The Weeknd’s “Earned It” at #9 overall. Canadians sided with The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” at 8th of the year.

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Japan: Japan is currently the world’s second biggest music market (after the USA). The most successful non-Japanese artist song in the Billboard Japanese Hot 100 year-end chart for 2015 was Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” at #6. Justin Beiber’s “What Do You Mean” was #87. Carly Rae Jepsen’s collaborative song with Owl City, though a few years old, was popular in Japan in 2015 and was #88 on the chart.

China: Mainland China is massive and Greater China even more so. There is no official chart for the region. Radio station Hit FM from the Republic of China has year-end charts on its website from 2003 which give an idea of the more popular songs. The Top 100 of 2015 has Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” at #15, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” at #37, and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” at #51.

The Netherlands: The Dutch chart has similar year-end entries for Canadian artists as the UK and Australia, an exact dozen total. Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” was tops at #10.

Denmark: Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” was tops at #6 for the year.

Austria: The top entry involving a Canadian was “Sugar” by Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates (#10).

Switzerland: As with Austria, tops was “Sugar” by Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates (#18).

UK’s First Chart of 2016: All Top 20 Commonwealth Artists

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U.S. Billboard published an article today about the first UK singles chart of 2015 which has Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” at #1. What the article did not mention is that there is no track from an American artist in the entire Top 20 of the chart. All tracks are from Commonwealth artists. United Kingdom artists have 12 of them: Adele’s “Hello” #3, Fleur East’s “Sax” #6, One Direction’s “History” #7, Coldplay’s “Adventure of a Lifetime” #8, Sigala’s “Sweet Lovin'” #9, Mnek’s “Never Forget You” (with Sweden’s Zara Larsson) #10, Little Mix’s “Love Me Like You” #11, Jess Glynne’s “Take Me Home” #13, Wstrn’s “In2” #14, 99 Souls’ “Girl Is Mine” #15, Stormzy’s “Shut Up” #17, and One Direction’s “Perfect” #19.

Canadian artists have 7 of the Top 20: Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” #1, “Sorry” #2, and “What Do You Mean” #4; Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” #12; Drake’s “Hotline Bling” #16; and The Weeknd’s “The Hills #18 and “Can’t Feel My Face” #20.

Australia has one thanks to Grace’s cover of “You Don’t Own Me” #5.

Note that some of the featured artists or members of the predominantly British bands are non-Commonwealth, and Mnek is co-credited with Sweden’s Larsson on “Never Forget You”. For all intents and purposes, however, we can say that the entire Top 20 is Commonwealth which is quite remarkable.

“Stitches” is the first single from Shawn Mendes to make the Top 20 (as well as the Top 40) in Britain. As we mentioned previously, Justin Bieber is the first Canadian artist to score three number one singles in the UK.

Justin Bieber First Canadian with 3 UK Number Ones

Justin Bieber has become the first Canadian artist in history to score three number one hits in the United Kingdom. What’s more, he accomplished it in the same year, 2015. Previously, the only Canadian to place more than one single at the top of the British charts was Céline Dion, thanks to “Think Twice” and “My Heart Will Go On”. While in Canada, British singer Adele’s “Hello” has anchored itself at the crown, preventing Bieber’s “Sorry” and “Love Yourself” from topping the charts, those two tracks have reached number one in the UK. Earlier in Britain, as in many other countries, Justin’s “What Do You Mean” reached the top.

The Atlantic has proven to be a tough divide for Canadian hits to dazzle the masses in Britain. Bieber is only the 10th Canadian artist in history to score a #1 smash in the UK, the others being Paul Anka (“Diana”, 1957), Terry Jacks (“Seasons in the Sun”, 1974), Bryan Adams (“I Do It For You”, 1991), the aforementioned Céline Dion (“Think Twice”, 1995 and “My Heart Will Go On”, 1998), Nelly Furtado (“Maneater”, 2006), Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe”, 2012), Robin Thicke (“Blurred Lines”, 2013), Kiesza (“Hideaway”, 2014), and MAGIC! (“Rude”, 2014). Three additional Canadian artists reached the top via a collaboration: Andy Kim by way of outfit The Archies (“Sugar Sugar”, 1969), Drake featured with Rihanna (“What’s My Name”, 2011), and DVBBS with Borgeous and Tinie Tempah (“Tsunami Jump”, 2014). Moreover, Bryan Adams reached #1 via his feature with Chicane (“Don’t Give Up”, 2000) and Nelly Furtado with Timbaland (“Give It To Me”, 2007).

Justin Bieber’s Purpose Debuts at #1 in Australia

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While in the United Kingdom, 1D beat out the Biebs in the albums race to number one and Justin dethroned Adele on the singles chart, it is the reverse situation in Australia this week. Justin Bieber’s Purpose debuts at #1 and One Direction settles for #2 on the official albums chart. On the singles chart, Adele’s “Hello” remains at #1 and Bieber’s “Sorry” at #2.

The Biebs Breaks an ARIA Chart Record

The Biebs has a total of 11 tracks on Australia’s singles chart this week, 8 of which are in the Top 50, and 3 in the Top 10. No other living artist has ever had 11 songs simultaneously in Australia’s Top 100. Michael Jackson’s passing landed 30 of his songs on the charts at once. This is the first time Bieber has had three simultaneous Top 10 singles down under.

Canadian Pop Royalty Down Under

Purpose is Justin Bieber’s third #1 album in Australia, the world’s sixth largest music market. ARIA noted that in terms of Canadian artists scoring number one albums in Australia, Michael Bublé and Céline Dion lead, each with five. Bieber is second with three. Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, and k.d. lang each have two.

Australia Gets Sutured by Shawn Mendes

It is good news for Shawn Mendes as he has scored his very first Top 10 hit in Australia with “Stitches”.

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This week, Canadian artists have five tracks in Australia’s Top 10 singles. Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” is #2, “Love Yourself” #3, and “What Do You Mean?” #7. “The Hills” by The Weeknd is #6, and “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes is #10.

Canadians have three discs in Australia’s Top 10 albums. Justin Bieber’s Purpose is #1, Michael Bublé’s Christmas is #6, and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness is #10.

A Tribe Called Red at Sydney Opera House

In other exciting news, A Tribe Called Red is on tour in Australia for the first time. The JUNO-winning electric pow-pow group expressed feeling humbled and honoured to perform at the Sydney Opera House!

In Britain Bieber Bows to 1D But Dethrones Adele

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The exciting chart battles between global A-listers releasing new music has played out the first round in the United Kingdom today, as British charts are updated Fridays. Canadian and U.S. charts are refreshed on Tuesdays, so we will have to wait for a few days on those. Chart battles are not to be taken too seriously, as they look only at indicators of the popularity of recordings relative to each other through one week. Many buy music from multiple artists involved. But if treated in a lighthearted way, they can be fun.

The good news for Canada’s Justin Bieber is that he has dethroned Adele on the British Singles chart, as his “Sorry” supplants her “Hello” to take the top spot. “Hello” slips to #2. “Love Yourself” off Bieber’s newly released album Purpose debuts at #3. The Biebs co-wrote the track with Britain’s Ed Sheeran. But perhaps the biggest news of all is that Justin Bieber has broken the record for the most simultaneous songs in the UK Top 40 from a living artist. This week he has eight of them!

Sorry number one in UK

The bad news for Justin is that he lost out to One Direction on the British Albums chart, as the band’s Made in the AM debuts at #1, while Bieber’s Purpose lands at #2.

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Justin Bieber recently had fun with personality James Corden in his popular Carpool Karaoke sketch, singing Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” and picking out clothes for each other while dodging the paparazzi. See the video below.

2 and 2 in Britain; 4 and 4 in the States

Adams and Bieber 2 and 2 in Britain

On this week’s official UK charts, Canadians Bryan Adams and Justin Bieber both debut at #2. Last month, they played together in Germany (see it here). Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” debuts at #2 on the British Singles Chart behind “Hello” by England’s Adele. Bryan Adams, on the other hand, debuts at #2 on the British Albums Chart with Get Up behind Sounds Good Feels Good by Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer.

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Bieber Performs on the Graham Norton Show

Justin Bieber performed “What Do You Mean” tonight on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show. In the cute interview that followed, the host commented, “That song, ‘What Do You Mean’, I like it. It’s your little cry from the heart to the women of the world, ’cause you don’t know what they mean. Is that the thing?” Justin replied, “I never know what they mean.” Norton returned, “But all boys don’t know what girls mean.” And Justin said, “Yeah, that’s why we needed an anthem.”

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Four Canadians in Top 4 U.S. Billboard Spots

For the first time in U.S. Billboard Hot 100 history, four Canadian artists own the top four spots on the chart. The Weeknd is at #1 with “The Hills”, Drake is #2 with “Hotline Bling”, Justin Bieber is at #3 with “What Do You Mean”, and Shawn Mendes is at #4 with “Stitches”.

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Mendes and Cara MAKE Billboard’s Hot PRE-21

Billboard magazine recently listed its picks for the 21 hottest stars under the age of 21. The list includes two Canadians: Shawn Mendes (ranked 4th) and Alessia Cara (ranked 11th). The latter’s hit “Here” entered the U.S. Hot 100’s Top 20 this week. She will be releasing her debut album Know It All November 13. You can view the article here.

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10 Canadian Artists Who Conquered Britain

10 Who Conquered Britain

Justin Bieber is the 10th Canadian artist to score a #1 hit in Britain. Because Céline Dion has scored two, a total of 11 songs from Canadians have topped the British Singles Chart since 1952 when the chart began. Below is a list of all of them plus some trivia. An additional five songs topped the charts in Britain which are co-credited to Canadians.

Canadian Songs That Reached #1 in the UK

1. Diana by Paul Anka, 5 Sep 1957 for 9 weeks
2. Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks, 6 Apr 1974 for 4 weeks
3. I Do It For You by Bryan Adams, 13 Jul 1991 for 16 weeks
4. Think Twice by Céline Dion, 4 Feb 1995 for 7 weeks
5. My Heart Will Go On by Céline Dion, 21 Feb 1998 for 2 weeks
6. Maneater by Nelly Furtado, 17 Jun 2006 for 3 weeks
7. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, 14 Apr 2012 for 4 weeks
8. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, 8 Jun 2013 for 5 weeks
9. Hideaway by Kiesza, 26 Apr 2014 for 1 week
10. Rude by MAGIC!, 9 Aug 2014 for 1 week
11. What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber, 10 Sep 2015 for 4+ weeks

Trivia

1. The Canadian single to spend the most weeks at #1 in the UK was Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” at 16 weeks.

2. The first Canadian single to debut at #1 in the UK was “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion.

3. The only Canadian artist to score more than one #1 hit in Britain is Céline Dion with two.

4. The only Canadian band to score a #1 hit in Britain is Magic.

5. The only year to see more than one Canadian artist top the British charts was 2014.

6. Two Canadian acts topped the British charts with their debut singles: Kiesza and Magic.

7. There were no #1 hits in the UK involving Canadian artists throughout the 1980s. The top song in Britain from a Canadian act through the decade was Kon Kan’s “I Beg Your Pardon” which peaked at #5 in 1989.

#1s in the UK Partially Credited to Canadians

1. Sugar Sugar by The Archies, 25 Oct 1969 for 8 weeks
2. Don’t Give Up by Chicane ft. Bryan Adams, 18 Mar 2000 for 1 week
3. Give It to Me by Timbaland ft. Nelly Furtado, 21 Apr 2007 for 1 week
4. What’s My Name by Rihanna ft. Drake, 15 Jan 2011, for 1 week
5. Tsunami (Jump) by DVBBS & Borgeous ft. Tinie Tempah, 22 Mar 2014 for 1 week

WHAT TRACKS CANUCKS, BRITS, AUSSIES, AND YANKS ARE BUYIN’

From time to time we like to check out iTunes stores in various countries to see what’s hot there. Below is a list of the Top 10 iTunes tracks right now (Sep 14-15, 2015) in Canada, the UK, Australia, and the US. There is some similarity and some difference as well. Generally speaking, the Brits like it dancified, the Yanks urbanized, while Canucks and Aussies like to mix it up more.

CANADA

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1. What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
2. One Love – Marianas Trench
3. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
4. Renegades – X Ambassadors
5. Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
6. Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
7. Today’s the Day – Pink
8. Hotline Bling – Drake
9. The Hills – The Weeknd
10. Lean On – Major Lazer

UNITED KINGDOM

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1. Easy Love – Sigala
2. What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
3. Peanut Butter Jelly – Galantis
4. How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples
5. Fight Song – Rachel Platten
6. Marvin Gaye – Charlie Puth
7. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
8. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself – Jess Glynne
9. Wings (Acoustic) – Birdy
10. WickedSkengMan 4 – Stormzy

AUSTRALIA

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1. What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
2. Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
3. Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
4. Locked Away – R. City
5. The Fix – Nelly
6. Ain’t Nobody – Felix Jaehn
7. Today’s the Day – Pink
8. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
9. Fire and the Flood – Vance Joy
10. Easy Love – Sigala

UNITED STATES

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1. What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
2. Hotline Bling – Drake
3. The Hills – The Weeknd
4. Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
5. Locked Away – R. City
6. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
7. Stitches – Shawn Mendes
8. Watch Me – Silento
9. Same Old Love – Selena Gomez
10. Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Atlantic Divide: 2015 Hits in the UK Versus Canada

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Commonwealth status under the queen has its perks but it would appear not when it comes to the music industry. Buckingham Palace is no match for the great Atlantic divide, as hit singles in one country get sunk by icebergs en route across the ocean. With all of Hedley’s success in Canada, the band can boast no hit single in the UK. On the other hand, take Katy B, a Top 5 artist in Britain under Sony Music UK. Her last album Little Red is unavailable at HMV Canada and selling for $44 as an import at Amazon. You would think Sony Music Canada would help launch her career and get her CDs pressed in the Great White North, especially given house music’s comeback thanks to Kiesza, but no. Blame whatever you like — record company red tape, radio preferences in both countries to air American songs heavily promoted by the muscular U.S. media, etc. Below are the 6 most successful British singles in the UK in 2015 (taken from the chart here to June 30) that failed to chart in Canada and the 6 biggest Canadian hits (Billboard Canadian Hot 100 peak position) here that were absentees on the British charts.

SONG ARTIST UK CA
Hold My Hand Jess Glynne 1
Wish You Were Mine Philip George 2
Up Olly Murs 4
Gravity DJ Fresh 4
Say Something Karen Harding 7
When the Beat Drops Out Marlon Roudette 7
SONG ARTIST CA UK
Something Big Shawn Mendes 11
Stitches Shawn Mendes 17
Rule the World Walk Off the Earth 22
Sound of Your Heart Shawn Hook 23
No Way No MAGIC 23
Bungalow Scott Helman 31