Top 10 Female Soloists of 2015

2015 may have been a male heavy year in terms of media coverage, music sales, radio spins, and 2016 JUNO nominations, but these ten women were absolute fire, and we love them. Based on the success of albums and singles on the Canadian charts, here are the Top 10 female soloists of 2015.

#10. Mia Martina

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While “Danse” was her big hit of 2014 (and gold-certified), the New Brunswick superstar who launched her career from the nation’s capital, released her second album, a self-titled affair, and single “Beast” which clawed itself into the Top 40. She also gave the track a spectacular performance at the Much Music Video Awards. Mia has been nominated for 3 JUNO Awards in the past though none this year.

#9. Jann Arden

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It’s pretty daunting to launch a Christmas album after Michael Bublé’s juggernaut, but Calgary’s Jann Arden did, and it was so good it impressed the likes of Rod Stewart. The album reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, received gold certification for sales of 40,000 units, and got her a JUNO nomination for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.

#8. Ria Mae

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Hailing from Halifax, Ria Mae’s “Clothes Off” became a sizable hit, reaching #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually going gold. It is nominated for Single of the Year at the JUNOs. Hopefully an album will appear in 2016.

#7. Brigitte Boisjoli

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A remarkable tribute album of Patsy Cline numbers, this native of Drummondville, QC has not yet been nominated for a JUNO but has won a number of other awards and accolades. The album reached #2 on the Billboard charts and struck gold.

#6. Jocelyn Alice

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Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice hit gold with “Jackpot”. It was the 80th biggest song of the year. Jocelyn put the release of an album on hold due to the success of the single, and many resulting approaches from bigger record labels. Now that she has inked a deal, an LP should appear in 2016.

#5. Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly released her critically acclaimed album Emotion. It did fairly well on the charts reaching #8. The album also spawned gold single “I Really Like You” (88th of the year). The song could have done better had it received stronger radio support. Carly is nominated only for JUNO Fan Choice this year. She won 3 awards in 2013.

#4. Ariane Moffatt

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Ariane’s song “Debout” was 43rd of the year at CKOI which ranks both Anglo and Franco and both Canadian and international hits. Her album 22h22 made it to #4 on the weekly Billboard charts. It won Best Pop album at the ADISQ Felix Awards in Quebec. The album is nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the JUNOs. Ariane won a JUNO in the same category in 2009.

#3. Cœur de pirate

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Beatrice Martin’s “Carry On” was the Billboard Hot 100 charting single (her first) from album Roses. The native of Outremont, QC released a Franco version of the song called “Oublie-Moi”. The bilingual album was the second most successful from a Canadian female at 29th of the year (Billboard). It peaked on the weekly charts at #2 and went gold. Coeur de Pirate is nominated for 2 JUNOs this year: Songwriter of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice.

#2. Diana Krall

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Diana’s gold-certified album Wallflower was the most successful album of the year from a Canadian female soloist. It is nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year at the JUNOs. Diana is originally from Nanaimo, BC.

Honourable Mentions

Before we reveal the number one female soloist, here are a few honourable mentions: Grimes (critically acclaimed #16 album), Jess Moskaluke (Billboard Hot 100), Shania Twain (Billboard Top 10 album), Andee (Billboard Hot 100), Ash Koley (Billboard Hot 100), Avril Lavigne (Billboard Hot 100), Alyssa Reid (Billboard Hot 100), Charlie (Billboard Hot 100), Marie-Pierre Arthur (Felix Award winner), Bia (Felix Award winner), Jorane (Felix Award winner), Janina Fialkowska (Felix Award winner).

#1. Alessia Cara

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From Brampton, Ontario, this Italian Canadian teen star had the biggest and only platinum recording of the year from a home-grown female soloist. “Here”, the anti-party anthem, was a huge success internationally as well and brought the singer to perform on high-profile televised chat shows, not to mention at the last show on Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour. At 60th of the year overall, the song has given Alessia four JUNO nominations, and she was the first confirmed performer at the gala.

2015 Albums By Provincial Origin of Artist

As promised, we put together a pie chart that shows the percentages of albums by provincial origin of the artist (we grouped the 3 territories together) released through 2015. As you can see, though Ontario has the highest population, slightly more albums were released by artists from Quebec. With a smaller population, Nova Scotia beat out both Saskatchewan and Manitoba. As one would expect, BC came in third overall and Alberta 4th.

Albums by province

Albums Released Per Month in 2015

Below is a bar chart showing the number of full-length Canadian (i.e. by Canadian artists) albums released in both 2015 and 2014 per month. We only tracked albums available through major retailers (on CD through hmv or Amazon or digitally through iTunes). The total number of albums was comparable through both years (a little over 650 per annum). December and January are lowest and July and August also see a reduction. Autumn has the highest number and also high in the spring. Whereas 2014 saw most releases in September, 2015 had most in October. The two years also traded March and April as the spring months with the most releases.

Albums released per month 2015 and 2014

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).

2015: The Year in Music

Justin Bieber’s Purpose was the only album released in 2015 that was certified multiplatinum by the end of the year. Drake’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, which struck platinum by the end of the year, was #5 overall on the Billboard Canadian year-end albums chart, the highest position achieved by an album released in 2015. The self-titled album by new country singer Yoan (#7), Beauty Behind the Madness by R&B Torontonian The Weeknd (#9), and A Paradis City by rocker Jean Leloup (#13) also hit platinum by year end. In total, there were 10 albums from Canadians that reached #1 on the weekly charts through 2015.

The Weeknd was the top Canadian on Billboard Canada’s Artists of the Year Chart at #3. He placed three songs on the year-end Canadian Hot 100 plus a fourth in a collaboration with an American singer. Justin Bieber (#8), Shawn Mendes (#10), and Drake (#17) also made the Top 25.

The top Canadian entry on the year-end Billboard Canadian Hot 100 was The Weeknd’s “Cant Feel My Face” at 8th of the year. A total of 21 entries involving Canadian artists made the chart. Through the year, four Canadian singles reached #1 on the weekly charts: the aforementioned song by The Weeknd as well as his “The Hills”, and Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” and “Sorry”. The top Franco song of the year in terms of weekly peak positions was “Oublie-Moi” by Coeur de Pirate, though she released an Anglo version of the track as “Carry On”.

For more details on the year in music, check out the links below.

2015 Overview

2015 Year in Review (Main Post)
Profiles on Artists Whose Popularity Intensified in 2015

2015 Charts and Analysis

The Most Successful Canadian Albums Released in 2015
The Most Successful Canadian Singles of 2015
Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum 2015 Report
Artist Gender Splits By Radio Format in 2015
Canadian Album Releases By Genre in 2015
Top Entries on All Billboard Year-End Charts
2015 Canadian Content by Radio Format
CKOI Year-End Top 50
Albums by Provincial Origin of Artist
Albums Released Per Month
Top 10 Female Soloists of 2015
2015 Canadian International Hits

2015 Billboard Canada Year-End Charts

Hot 100 Singles of the Year 2015
Top Canadian Songs of 2015
Top 50 Albums of the Year 2015
Top 25 Hot 100 Artists of 2015
Hot Digital Songs of 2015
Hot 100 Airplay of 2015
Emerging Canadian Artists of 2015
All-Format Airplay
CHR/Top 40 Airplay
Rock Airplay
Country Airplay
AC Airplay
Hot AC Airplay
Top Artists by Radio Format

Canadian Music Blog 2015 Faves

Canadian Music Blog’s Top 10 EP Faves of 2015
Canadian Music Blog’s Top 10 Music Video Faves of 2015
Canadian Music Blog’s Top 30 Song Faves of 2015
Canadian Music Blog’s Top 25 Album Faves of 2015
CMB Readers’ Voted Faves of 2015

Awards for 2015 Music

Felix Awards: Part 1 Part 2

Juno Awards: Part 1 Part 2 Gala Summary

2015: The Year In Review

2015 saw a Canadian music renaissance. While big international hits from Canadian artists are not new, and certainly took place in 2014, 2015 witnessed a full-blown Canadian invasion. Artists who had enjoyed some success abroad in the past slaughtered the charts, and new faces came out of nowhere to quickly establish themselves. Canadian artists were embraced not only by The United States but in the tough European market and in the often roughest of all markets, Canada itself. Established artists whose new music was ignored by broadcasters were embraced by the critics, and those rejected by one region were lapped up by another. Everyone was a winner in 2015 in some way.

Most Successful Singles

It was remarkable to see all top four singles and seven of the top 10 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 Canadian ones, songs by Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Drake, Shawn Mendes, and Alessia Cara. Justin Bieber became the first Canadian artist in history to score three #1 songs in The United Kingdom. Francesco Yates, featured in Robin Schulz’s “Sugar” championed the charts in a number of European countries including France and Germany. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” was the top song by a foreign artist in the world’s second largest music market, Japan, at 6th of the year on the Billboard Japanese Hot 100.

In Canada itself, four songs from domestic artists topped the charts through the year, Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” and “Sorry” and The Weeknd’s “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My face”. The latter was the most successful on the year-end Canadian Hot 100 at #8. A total of 21 songs involving Canadian artists made that chart up from 19 last year. On the weekly charts, 109 songs involving Canadian artists debuted on the Hot 100 (95 in 2014). Of these, 31 reached the Top 40 (2014 saw 22), nine the Top 10 (five last year), and four #1 (none in 2014). Five songs that reached their chart peaks in 2015 were certified double platinum by the end of the year.

The most successful Franco song on Billboard was “Oublie-Moi” by Coeur de Pirate reaching #62, though the song had an Anglo version entitled “Carry On”. The biggest Franco only single on Billboard was Kevin Bazinet’s Jusqu’ou tu m’aimes, #76. Radio station CKOI which has published year-end Top 50 charts since 1976, lists Jean Leloup’s “Paradis City” as the biggest Canadian Franco song of the year at #5 overall.

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Most Successful Albums

The only album released in 2015 to be certified multiplatinum by the end of the year, from either a domestic or international artist, was Justin Bieber’s Purpose (2x platinum). All 18 tracks on the deluxe version of the album appeared on the Hot 100. The year-end Billboard Canada albums chart has the top 2015 release as Drake’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late at #5 overall. Ten albums by Canadians topped the albums chart through the year and ten 2015 releases from Canadians made the year-end Billboard Top 50. Five were certified platinum and seven gold by year end. A total of 49 Canadian albums debuted in the Billboard Top 10 through the year, 22 by Québec artists, 15 from Ontario artists, nine from British Columbians, and three from Albertans. Many music critics around the world included Grimes’ Art Angels and Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion on their best of the year lists.

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New Artists

A number of first-time charting artists appeared in 2015. Some were new and some have been around a while. Artists who scored their first Top 40 hits during the year were Francesco Yates, Shawn Hook, Scott Helman, Jocelyn Alice, Alessia Cara, Ria Mae, and Coleman Hell. Steven Lee Olsen scored his first gold single.

The Canadian Music Blog added mini-profiles for six artists based on growing popularity or significant success in 2015: Alessia Cara, Francesco Yates, and The Weeknd for their international breakout success, Jess Moskaluke for her continuing triumphs as a female country artist, Shawn Hook for his platinum breakthrough domestically, and Yoan for his debut platinum album.

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Awards

The ADISQ Félix Awards honouring the best mainly in Canada’s Francophone music released in 2014-2015 were held in the fall in Montréal. Jean Leloup made a big comeback in 2015, and was the big winner with five awards for album À Paradis City: Songwriter of the Year, Male Artist, Critical Acclaim, Best Rock Album, and track “Paradis City” won Song of the Year. Ariane Moffatt won Pop Album of the Year for 22h22 and Female Artist of the Year.

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The JUNO awards were held in March in Hamilton to recognize the best in 2014 music. Alanis Morissette was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame. Dance music’s Kiesza won Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Weeknd won Artist of the Year. Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen won Album of the Year. The Single of the Year Award went to MAGIC! for “Rude”. The 2016 JUNOs recognizing the best of 2015 Canadian music will be held April 3 in Calgary.

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Canadian Music Blog Picks

Through the year, the Canadian Music Blog kept track of all new releases by Canadian artists and presented weekly summaries. A total of 661 long-play albums, 152 extended plays, and a number of stand-alone singles and music videos were reviewed.

At year-end, The Canadian Music Blog revealed its 2015 picks in lists ranking its favourite EPs (10), music videos (10), albums (25), and songs (30). The Canadian Music Blog declared Placebo by Alexe Gaudreault as EP of the Year, “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepsen as Music Video of the Year, “Spotlight” by Every Last Chance featuring Marissa Dattoli as Song of the Year, and Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen as Album of the Year.

Nods for international music were given as well: “Moments” by China’s G.E.M. as International Music Video of the Year, “My Kind” by The United States’ Hilary Duff as International Song of the Year, and Lucid Dreaming by Sweden/Australia’s Say Lou Lou as International Album of the Year.

Polls were created based on the most successful Canadian artists and their works in 2015 and CMB readers invited to vote for their favourites. Voting was open daily through the month of December. Alessia Cara was chosen as 2015’s Best New Artist, Coeur de Pirate as Best Artist, MAGIC!’s “No Way No” as the year’s Best Single, and Yoan’s self-titled LP as the year’s Best Album.

More on 2015 in Music…

2015’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medThe most successful Anglo Canadian song of 2015 was “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd which peaked at #1 on the weekly Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and was the 8th biggest song of the year overall. There were three other chart toppers through the year by Canadians: “The Hills” by The Weeknd as well as “What Do You Mean” and “Sorry”, both by Justin Bieber. On CKOI’s year-end Top 50, Jean Leloup had the year’s biggest Canadian Franco hit with “Paradis City” (#5).

Below is a list of all singles by Canadian artists that made the Billboard Canadian year-end Top 100 or that peaked within the Top 40 of the weekly Hot 100. As well, below is a list of all Canadian Franco songs that made the CKOI year-end Top 50 or that appeared in the weekly Billboard Canadian Hot 100.

HY = Hot 100 year-end chart position
HW = Hot 100 weekly charts, peak position
CY = CKOI year-end Top 50 chart position

2015 Franco Hits

TITLE ARTIST CY HW
Paradis City Jean Leloup 5  
Hola les lolos Bernard Adamus 8  
J’te gâte all dressed Bleu Jeans Bleu 14  
Sans adieux Rémi Chassé 18  
La folie Swing 22  
Nous autres 2Frères 26  
Avant de disparaître Claude Bégin 31  
La bonne franquette Kaïn 39  
Debout Ariane Moffatt 43  
Tu dors encore Mathieu Provençal 48  
Oublie Moi Coeur de Pirate   62
Jusqu’ou tu m’aimes Kevin Bazinet   76

2015 Anglo Hits

TITLE ARTIST HY HW
Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd 8 1
Where Are U Now Skrillex/Diplo/Bieber 15 5
The Hills The Weeknd 18 1
What Do You Mean Justin Bieber 19 1
Stitches Shawn Mendes 27 10
Earned It The Weeknd 29 8
Something Big Shawn Mendes 40 11
Hotline Bling Drake 43 3
Sound of Your Heart Shawn Hook 47 23
Here Alessia Cara 60 19b
Love Me Harder The Weeknd/A. Grande 61 10c
Sorry Justin Bieber 67 1
Rule the World Walk Off the Earth 68 22
2 Heads Coleman Hell 71 15
No Way No MAGIC! 77 23
Jackpot Jocelyn Alice 80 38
Bungalow Scott Helman 81 31
I Really Like You Carly Rae Jepsen 88 14
Let Your Hair Down MAGIC! 91 20c
Rude MAGIC! 94a 6c
Better To Be Loved Francesco Yates 95 37
I’ll Show You Justin Bieber 8
In the Night The Weeknd 12
Hello Hedley 20
The Feeling Justin Bieber 25
Back to Back Drake 27
Mark My Words Justin Bieber 29
Purpose Justin Bieber 30
Clothes Off Ria Mae 31
Pocket Full of Dreams Hedley 33
House of Cards Tyler Shaw 37
Company Justin Bieber 38
Beast Mia Martina 39

a – Also appeared on the year-end chart of 2014
b – Weekly chart peak achieved in 2016
c – Weekly chart peak achieved in 2014

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2015 Overview…

2015 in Music

Justin Bieber’s Purpose was the only album released in 2015 that was certified multiplatinum by the end of the year. Drake’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, which struck platinum by the end of the year, was #5 overall on the Billboard Canadian year-end albums chart, the highest position achieved by an album released in 2015. The self-titled album by new country singer Yoan (#7), Beauty Behind the Madness by R&B Torontonian The Weeknd (#9), and A Paradis City by rocker Jean Leloup (#13) also hit platinum by year end. In total, there were 10 albums from Canadians that reached #1 on the weekly charts through 2015.

The Weeknd was the top Canadian on Billboard Canada’s Artists of the Year Chart at #3. He placed three songs on the year-end Canadian Hot 100 plus a fourth in a collaboration with an American singer. Justin Bieber (#8), Shawn Mendes (#10), and Drake (#17) also made the Top 25.

The top Canadian entry on the year-end Billboard Canadian Hot 100 was The Weeknd’s “Cant Feel My Face” at 8th of the year. A total of 21 entries involving Canadian artists made the chart. Through the year, four Canadian singles reached #1 on the weekly charts: the aforementioned song by The Weeknd as well as his “The Hills”, and Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” and “Sorry”. The top Franco song of the year in terms of weekly peak positions was “Oublie-Moi” by Coeur de Pirate, though she released an Anglo version of the track as “Carry On”.

For more details on the year in music, check out the links below.

2015 Overview

2015 Year in Review (Main Post)
Profiles on Artists Whose Popularity Intensified in 2015

2015 Charts and Analysis

The Most Successful Canadian Albums Released in 2015
The Most Successful Canadian Singles of 2015
Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum 2015 Report
Artist Gender Splits By Radio Format in 2015
Canadian Album Releases By Genre in 2015
Top Entries on All Billboard Year-End Charts
2015 Canadian Content by Radio Format
CKOI Year-End Top 50
Albums by Provincial Origin of Artist
Albums Released Per Month
2015 Canadian International Hits

2015 Billboard Canada Year-End Charts

Hot 100 Singles of the Year 2015
Top Canadian Songs of 2015
Top 50 Albums of the Year 2015
Top 25 Hot 100 Artists of 2015
Hot Digital Songs of 2015
Hot 100 Airplay of 2015
Emerging Canadian Artists of 2015
All-Format Airplay
CHR/Top 40 Airplay
Rock Airplay
Country Airplay
AC Airplay
Hot AC Airplay
Top Artists by Radio Format

Canadian Music Blog 2015 Faves

Canadian Music Blog’s Top 10 EP Faves of 2015
Canadian Music Blog’s Top 10 Music Video Faves of 2015
Canadian Music Blog’s Top 30 Song Faves of 2015
Canadian Music Blog’s Top 25 Album Faves of 2015
CMB Readers’ Voted Faves of 2015

Awards for 2015 Music

Felix Awards: Part 1 Part 2

Juno Awards: Part 1     Part 2    Gala Summary

The Best of 2015 Voting Results!

The Canadian Music Blog created four polls with five entries each, based on the most successful 2015 Canadian artists and their works. CMB readers were invited to vote for their favourites. Voting was open daily through the month of December. Thousands of votes were cast. All entries received a number of votes. The winner of each poll is presented below. A big thank you to all who took the time to vote. Wishing all a Happy New Year!

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The Most Successful Canadian Albums of 2015

The only Canadian album released in 2015 to be certified multiplatinum by the end of the year was Justin Bieber’s Purpose (double platinum). Highest up on the Billboard year-end albums chart was Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late at #5, tops for Canadian albums as well as those released in 2015. Below are three tables. The first in a list of all albums that received gold/platinum certifications, appeared on the year-end Billboard chart, or topped the weekly charts through the year. The second table has all Top 5 Canadian albums and the third the Top 10s. At the very bottom of this post is a list of actual sales numbers of the Top 10 Canadian albums from Nielsen Entertainment.
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2015 TOP 5 CDN ALBUMS

2015 TOP 10 CDN ALBUMS

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The Most Successful Canadian Singles of 2015

A total of 21 songs involving domestic artists made the year-end Billboard Canadian Hot 100, up from 19 last year. The top song of the year was “Can’t Feel My Face” at 8th overall. The song was one of four Canadian tunes that reached #1 on the weekly charts, the others being the same artist’s “The Hills” and Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” and “Sorry”.  The table below shows all songs by domestic artists that made the year-end Billboard Canadian Hot 100 with their year-end (YE) position, peak position on the weekly charts (WP), and gold/platinum certifications by Music Canada. Note that the songs may achieve higher certifications in the future and that some of these, still on the weekly charts, may achieve higher peaks in 2016. The songs below that achieved their peak chart positions in 2014 have those numbers in blue. At the very bottom of this post, see Nielsen’s actual sales numbers for the Top 10 Canadian songs of 2015.

year-end singles

Our second table is a chart of all Canadian Franco tunes in the CKOI Top 50 year-end chart (YE) as well as all that made the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 weekly charts during 2015 with their weekly chart peak positions (WP). The top Franco song of the year was “Paradis City” by Jean Leloup at #5. Coeur de Pirate’s “Oublie Moi/Carry On” charted highest at Billboard with both Franco and Anglo versions.

2015 Franco hits

Besides songs that made the Billboard year-end Hot 100 are 16 singles that reached the weekly Top 40 or achieved gold/platinum certification. During the 2015 calendar year, 109 songs involving Canadian artists debuted on the Hot 100. Of these, 31 reached the Top 40, and nine the Top 10. As mentioned above, there were four #1s. Regarding songs involving Canadians that debuted during 2014 (as a comparison), there were 95, 22 making the Top 40, five the Top 10, and no #1s. A conclusion would be then that Canadian songs did better within Canada in 2015 than in 2014.

Weekly Top 40 year-end

2015 top 10 cdn songs

2015 Canadian Albums by Genre

As promised, we have put together a pie chart of Canadian album releases by genre for 2015. Of 661 albums (LPs) we tracked, we came up with percentages based on genres. As you can see, the genre of choice for Canadian recording artists was singer – songwriter or folk at 143 of the 661 or 21.6% of the total. Close to that was alternative at 21.0% or 139 of the albums. The “other” category includes holiday albums, children’s, dance, reggae, and OST/musical. Bear in mind that genres are quite subjective. The point of this is to show that a wide variety of styles of music is being made and what the more predominant ones are.

Albums by Genre

2015 CKOI Year-End Top 50

lettrage-camion-ckoiMontreal radio station CKOI has published a year-end Top 50 chart annually since 1976. It gives us a good idea of the most popular Francophone songs by year. Of all the year-end charts, this one is the most Canadian as it includes both Anglophone and Francophone hits from both domestic and international artists. The resulting year-end Top 50 is a very balanced presentation. You may find that there is also more variety of genres with pop, rock, dance, R&B, folk, soul, and even country. The top Canadian Franco song of the year is Jean Leloup’s “Paradis City”. In classic radio style, let’s count them down from #50 to #1. Canadian artists are bolded in red.

50. She Keeps Me Up, Nickelback
49. Could Have Been Me, The Struts
48. Tu dors encore, Mathieu Provençal
47. Growing Up, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
46. Under the Influence, Elle King
45. Dreams, Beck
44. Stressed Out, Twenty One Pilots
43. Debout, Ariane Moffatt
42. Waiting for Love, AVICII
41. Shots, Imagine Dragons
40. New Americana, Halsey
39. La bonne franquette, Kaïn
38. I Lived, OneRepublic
37. Firestone, Kygo
36. Bungalow, Scott Helman
35. Wherever You Go, Sublime With Rome
34. That’s How You Know, Nico & Vinz
33. Blame, Calvin Harris
32. Believe, Mumford & Sons
31. Avant de disparaître, Claude Bégin
30. Reality, Lost Frequencies
29. 2 Heads, Coleman Hell
28. Sugar, Robin Schulz ft. Francesco Yates
27. The Hanging Tree, Jennifer Lawrence
26. Nous autres, 2Frères
25. Riva, Klingande ft. Broken Back
24. Shut Up and Dance, Walk the Moon
23. Can’t Feel My Face, The Weeknd
22. La folie, Swing
21. Sugar, Maroon 5
20. Walk, Kwabs
19. Four Five Seconds, Rihanna, K. West, P. McCartney
18. Sans adieux, Rémi Chassé
17. Don’t Worry, Madcon
16. Are You With Me, Lost Frequencies
15. Fade Out Lines, The Avener
14. J’te gâte all dressed, Bleu Jeans Bleu
13. S.O.B., Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
12. Hold Back the River, James Bay
11. Locked Away, R. City
10. See You Again, Wiz Khalifa
9. Renegades, X Ambassadors
8. Hola les lolos, Bernard Adamus
7. Take Your Time, Sam Hunt
6. Exs and Ohs, Elle King
5. Paradis City, Jean Leloup
4. Hello, Adele
3. Honey, I’m Good, Andy Grammer
2. Cheerleader, OMI
1. Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson

2015 Male-Female Singer Split By Radio Format

The Canadian Music Blog did an analysis of radio formats’ preferences for artist gender among 2015’s top spun songs (Top 50 for All-Format and Country, Top 40 for the others). We totalled the spins for all songs on the Nielsen BDS charts for these formats and divided them into the total spins for songs voiced by women and those voiced by men to obtain a percentage split. For songs with male-female duets we gave half the spins to male and half to female. Theoretically, the split should be 50/50, but it was nowhere close to that in any of the radio formats. CHR had the least imbalance at 36.5% female singers and 63.5% male. Both CHR and country had more imbalance than last year while AC, Hot AC, and rock had less imbalance than in 2014. Rock radio had the most imbalance of all formats last year at 93.4% male and 6.6% female. This year is a slight improvement at 86.6/13.4.

Country Radio the Most Imbalanced Format

With all the media talk this year about misogyny infecting country music broadcasters, the reality is perhaps even more unsettling than thought. While in 2014, songs by female singers represented only 12.5% of all spins among the year’s 50 most played songs, this year it was down to an abysmal 7.3%.

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2015 Canadian Content by Radio Format

The Canadian Music Blog did an analysis of radio formats’ preferences for Canadian artists among 2015’s top spun songs. Rather than looking at CanCon/MAPL in the strict sense, we simply looked at Canadian artists. For the few instances of Canadian-international collaborations, we looked at the singer. For example, because Justin Bieber was the singer of Skrillex & Diplo’s “Where Are U Now” we counted it as Canadian. For songs where the singer was Canadian but there was a feature of an international artist, for example, Mia Martina’s “Beast”, we gave it full marks as Canadian. For CHR, AC, Hot AC and Rock, we looked at the Top 40 songs of the year and for All-Format and Country the Top 50. To come up with the percentages, we totalled the spins for all songs on the Nielsen BDS charts for these formats and divided them into the total spins for the songs by Canadians. While the numbers are fairly comparable for the various formats, Adult Contemporary was king of CanCon at 33.2%, or roughly one-third of spins. The weakest for CanCon was Country radio at 26.0% or roughly one-quarter of spins.

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