Quebec fans are snapping up enough copies of Yoan's self-titled album to keep him in 1st place for the 3rd consecutive week on the nation's Albums chart.
The uptown country singer remains a nobody in the rest of Canada, but in la belle province his debut collection is gold and gliding to platinum status. It sold 13,000 copies in the past week and locked out the US chart topper-the Furious 7 soundtrack.
He is one of 7 Canadian acts in the top 20 this week—5 of whom are also Quebec-based with little resonance outside their home province.
Louis-Jean Cormier's Les Grandes Arteres (Simone/Select) is in 7th place after 3 weeks, and Jean Lelouup's A Paradis City (Grosse Boite/Select) is at 11 after 11 weeks. After an unimaginably lengthy absence, Rene Simard returns with his 51st album, titled Rene Simard. It debuts at 18 (Zone 3), and Pierre Flynn makes his entrance at 19 with Sur La Terre (Audiogram).
The balance of the positions are held by Three Days Grace, at 8 with Human (Sony), and Drake with If You're Reading This... (Universal) at 20 in his 9th week.
The Furious 7 s/t may not be No. 1 on the chart but it is doing fast and furious business for Warner Music, fuelled by mega box-office numbers and a multi track-pack roll out of hip and funky tracks. In its 2nd week, the various artists package springs 7-2 with an 85% sales increase, and a one week tally of 8,400 sales.
Baltimore pop-funk fave All Time Low debuts at 3 with Future Hearts (Universal), selling 5,000+, and LA folk ensemble Lord Huron (named after founder Ben Schneider's affection for the lake of the same name where he grew up) debuts at 16 with Strange Trails.
One final debut in the top 20 is a schmaltzy various-artists collection of French chansonniers-Les Plus Grandes Voix de la Chanson Francaise(Last Call), at 14. It sold 2,000+ copies.
The Weeknd is the lone Canadian artist in the top 20 region of the Hot 100, with "Earned It" parked at 10 after 16 weeks on the chart. "Kid In Love" by Shawn Mendes debuts at 69 and "Beast" by Mia Martina bounces on at 93.