The purchasing power of Quebec lifts La Voix III (Universal) to the top of the Nielsen SoundScan Albums chart in its first week of release. Featuring performers from the most recent season of the Quebec TV music competition, the collection debuts with 15,300 sales, pushing Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind (Universal) into 2nd place with a sales count just shy of 11,500 copies.
Patrick Watson’s Love Songs For Robots (Secret City) enters the Nielsen Albums chart at 3 with 8,800 units sold. It is the Montreal cabaret-pop singer's 2nd straight top 5 debut and 3rd to make it in to the top 5 to date.
Fellow Montrealer Leonard Cohen returns to the chart this week, at 8 with Can't Forget (Sony), a live album recorded on his recent 'Old Ideas World Tour'. The package contains 10 tracks, including two new songs and two previously unreleased covers.
Other Canadian acts in the Nielsen SoundScan Top 20 include Yoan, at 12, and Drake, at 16.
Coming in at 35 is Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Power In The Blood (True North) that was recorded in Toronto with three of Canada's top producers — Michael Wojewoda, Chris Burkett, and Jon Levine. The album includes two covers and adventurously reinterprets some of her own classic songs in the balance.
The Weeknd continues to be the lone Canadian on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Earned It" (Universal) frozen in 9th place after 21 weeks on the chart.