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Nielsen & Billboard Mark Canada 150 with Charts of the Top Canadian Artists, Songs & Albums of the SoundScan Era

July 4th, 2017

Nielsen ReportIn honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary and Canada Day, Nielsen Music, in partnership with Billboard, has compiled its own celebratory lists of the biggest artists, albums, and songs since the data-tracking system came into Canada in 1996 (and cut off Dec. 31, 2016).

“We’re excited to celebrate the success of Canadian artists at home, in partnership with Billboard, as we honour Canada’s 150th anniversary,” says Paul Shaver, Head of Nielsen Music Canada.

Nielsen Music Canada’s recap charts include all-format and radio charts (started April 1995), album sales (1996 -) and digital song sales (2005 – ). The most recent chart for streaming (July 2014 -) extends to March 2017.

Here are some of the highlights:

– The top-selling Canadian artist (by album sales in Canada) during the 20-year “Nielsen Music Canada era,” is, not surprisingly, Celine Dion when tallying up all her physical and digital sales for the Top Overall Artist chart. She’s followed by Shania Twain and Michael Bublé at Nos. 2 and 3, both of whom are massive outside Canada.

– In the digital era, the dominating names are quite different, pointing to the buying habits of a younger generation. Sitting at No. 1 on the Top Digital Songs chart (ranking the best-selling digital song downloads) is Canadian passport-carrying Robin Thicke with “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, followed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakthrough hit, “Call Me Maybe” (No. 2), and East Coast rapper Classified with “Inner Ninja” (No. 3).

– The same familiar Canadians that have been dominating the U.S. charts lately also pepper the top 10 of the Top Streamed Songs chart: Bieber, The Weeknd, Drake, and Shawn Mendes.  Bieber’s “Sorry” is No. 1 and “What Do You Mean?” No. 2, but he also takes No. 5 with “Love Yourself.” Drake takes a pair of spots in the top 10 with “One Dance” and “Hotline Bling” at Nos. 4 and 7. The Weeknd claims a trio of tracks in the top 10 (“Starboy” at No. 3, “The Hills” at No. 6 and “Can’t Feel My Face” at No. 8) while Mendes is at Nos. 9 and 10 with “Stitches” and “Treat You Better.”

Top Overall Artist (by album sales, physical and digital combined)

1. Celine Dion
2. Shania Twain
3. Michael Buble
4. The Tragically Hip
5. Sarah McLachlan
6. Nickelback
7. Diana Krall
8. Avril Lavigne
9. Our Lady Peace
10. Bryan Adams

Top Overall Albums (physical and digital sales combined)

1 Shania Twain – Come On Over
2 Celine Dion – Let’s Talk About Love
3 Shania Twain – Up!
4 Sarah McLachlan – Surfacing
5 Avril Lavigne – Let Go
6 Celine Dion – All The Way – A Decade Of Song
7 Michael Buble – Christmas
8 Our Lady Peace – Clumsy
9 Celine Dion – Falling Into You
10 Celine Dion – These Are Special Times

Top Digital Songs

1. Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
3. Classified – “Inner Ninja”
4. Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself”
5. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
6. Hedley – “Kiss You Inside Out”
7. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
8. Magic! – “Rude”
9. Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj – “Beauty And A Beat”
10. Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla – “One Dance”

Top Streamed Songs

1. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
2. Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”
3. The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk – “Starboy”
4. Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla – “One Dance”
5. Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself”
6. The Weeknd – “The Hills”
7. Drake Hotline – “Bling”
8. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
9. Shawn Mendes – “Stitches”
10. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”


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