Crooner Ed Sheeran’s ten-month-old 12-track, hit-driven Divide remains the No. 1 MOR song-package on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart in the second week of 2018, giving Teddy his seventh week overall run as kingmaker in a week only slightly less dull than 10-minutes of so-called "breaking news" on CNN.
On The Charts
On The Charts
A paucity of new releases, post-Christmas blues leaving consumers strapped for cash, and a cold snap that tickled few funny bones in the first week of the new year likely contributed to ho-hum activity on the chart. Whatever the case, Teddy's cheering.
The Irish band's latest album debuts at No. 1, but Roy Woods, Neil Young and Chris Stapleton also make the charts and a trio of Christmas sellers continue showing gains.
The lone debut in the top 50 this week belongs to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ album, Who Built The Moon–but there's still plenty of activity. Christmas packages are selling, and Shania Twain's album gets a good kick from her Grey Cup appearance.
Taylor Swift holds her lock on the top of the albums chart, but the list is long with competing artists that include Michael Bublé's Christmas showing a strong surge with a recording made more than a half-decade ago.
The emotional and nostalgic fervour for Gord Downie continues unabated. His latest solo album release tops the chart in the first week of release and Hip albums continue to populate the best-sellers list.
The Gord Downie halo effect on Canada’s Albums chart continues, with 10 Hip titles in the top 200 and the singer’s Secret Path project bulleting into the top 50. Niall Horan’s solo release burst into 1st place, while the Future and Young Thug combo blasts on at 5 (with video).
Pierre Lapointe has the number one album this week. It's his third chart-topper in a multi-platinum career, and he is one of several Quebec artists to make a splash in the latest countdown. Also debuting is a collection of Vinyl Cafe stories by the late Stuart McLean.
Shania Twain is back on top with her first studio album in 15 years, Tom Petty's death sent his music soaring back onto the same chart and perennial favourite Canadian band Hedley has itself another smash hit.
Macklemore debuts at #1 on the Albums chart, Ed Sheeran's March 03 album release continues to do strong business, and Lights has the second best-selling album in the week.
Canadian artists heat up the Albums chart this week, with Emily Haines, Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook and Quebec folk-rock quartet Kaïn represented in the top 50.
Death From Above, Neil Young and east-coast fave Alvvays have new album debuts this week, but it's The National that has this week's No. 1.