On The Charts This Week

The soundtrack to the current number one movie in North America, Suicide Squad, is the number one chart debut this week on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart with 16,000 consumption units.

Music of course plays a vital part in the movie about comic book villains and the trailer included a couple of killer classics such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Twenty One Pilot's "Heathens".

This said, the state of pop music sales today mirrors the decline in typewriter sales. Suicide Squad is the top seller of the week with 11,000 sales and little of the total purchased from online vendors at downloads. Trivia: It is the first movie soundtrack to reach the top of the chart since Fifty Shades of Grey in March 2015 and the first to debut at No. 1 since Jack Johnson's sing-along lullaby album from the film Curious George in 2006. 


Drake's Views continues to lead with the most On-Demand audio streams, with the April release holding in 2nd place with 8,200 total consumption units. Below, at Madison Square Garden earlier in the month, as posted by a fan.


Arkells' Morning Report makes its grand entrance at 3 on the consumption chart, landing in the runner-up spot in album unit sales with 5,800 copies. It’s the Hamilton band's highest one week sales total to date, and matches the highest peak to date reached with the previous LP, 2014's High Noon. Below, "Drake's Dad" -- included on the new album.


Coming into the final week of the tour, The Tragically Hip again have two albums in the consumption top ten chart: Yer Favourites remains a favourite, at 4 and posting a 19% consumption gain, while the new one -- Man Machine Poem -- rebounds 12-6 with a 62% consumption increase. The band's catalogue posted a 25% sales increase over the prior week and the digital track catalogue is up 20%.  Below, fan video shot at the Victoria concert.


French electronic-producer (Sami Etienne) DJ Snake's debut album Encore enters at 5 on the Consumption chart despite only having the 10th best-selling album in the week. Encore is the third most On-Demand streamed album in the week, no doubt spurred by the inclusion of the hit featuring Justin Bieber--"Let Me Love You," which debuts at number one on the Songs chart, and at 10 on the Streaming chart.


Memphis rock act Skillet's Unleashed has the fourth Top 10 debut of the week, entering at 7. It is the Christian quartet’s highest one-week sales total to date and the group’s first top ten album, surpassing the No. 17 peak of Rise, released in 2013 and certified US gold in the same year.


Major Lazer's "Cold Water" spends at third straight week at the top of the Streaming Songs chart while The Chainsmokers' "Closer" jumps 5-2.


-- All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional facts provided by Nielsen Music Canada Director Paul Tuch.



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