Kendrick giving us that 'deep' look
Kendrick giving us that 'deep' look

On The Charts This Week...

In Review

Call it a good week. Overall album sales are flat over the previous week. Year-to-date albums are down 20% over the same period 2015; CDs off 15%; digital album sales off 27%; and the bright spot is in vinyl, the long-play format up 27%  so far in the year. Digital track are down 23% year-to-date over 2015.

Overall streams are up 6.2% over last week, setting a new one week high with 748M streams. Year-to-date, streaming totals are up 87% over the same period in 2015.

On the Charts

Untitled Unmastered  (Universal), the surprise digital-only release from Kendrick Lamar, debuts at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums consumption chart, with 11,300 album units sold in the week.

The Billboard Canadian Albums chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums). It's Lamar's second straight chart-topping album, following 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly.

Justin Bieber’s Purpose (Universal) slides 3-2, swapping places with Adele’s 25 (XL/Beggars Group). Two albums pop back into the top ten—Johnny Reid’s What Love Is All About (Universal) vaulting 38-7 and Sia’s This Is Acting (Sony) rebounding 17-8.

The only other album to debut in the consumption top ten is the sophomore release from Montreal hip-hop group Dead Obies, whose Gesamtkunstwerk (Bonsound) lands at 10 (and 5 on the Top Albums sales chart), an achievement based on a meager 2,300 copies sold. The six-piece collective's album debut album, Montreal $ud, peaked at 146 in 2013.

Wintersleep’s The Great Detachment (Universal) comes in at No. 19 on the consumption chart, and 9 on the Top Albums sales chart with a sales count of 1,900 copies.  The album's lead single, “Amerika,” is an instant winner and number one on the Rock airplay chart this week.  

Rihanna’s “Work” (Universal) spends its third straight week at the top of the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, picking up over three million streams for the third consecutive week.

Danish band Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” (Warner) jumps 6-4 on the Canadian Hot 100 and scores Greatest Gainer Digital and Streaming honours. The song moves 3-1 on the Digital Songs chart with a 43% download increase and moves 8-6 on the Streaming Songs chart with a 33% stream gain.

Another first time charted act, DNCE, picks up Greatest Gainer/Airplay honours on the Canadian Hot 100, moving 9-8 with “Cake By The Ocean” (Universal). The song edges 3-2 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart with a 15% audience increase.

Meghan Trainor’s “NO” (Sony) picks up the Hot Shot Debut on the Canadian Hot 100, entering at No. 32. The song, the first single from her upcoming sophomore set, Thank You, due in May.  The track is her highest chart debut to date and follows in the wake of three top ten songs from her debut Title album that included the No. 1 smash hit, “All About That Bass.”

- Data courtesy of SoundScan, BDS and Nielsen Music Director Paul Tuch



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