Heavy metal rules the roost this week as Avenged Sevenfold's The Stage debuts at No.1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, with 10,000 total consumption units, including 9,600 album sales. That's two chart-toppers in a row for the Huntington, Beach, CA rockers, as they achieved the same feat back in 2013 with Hail To The King.
The rest of the Top 5 pack are enjoying their second week of release: Michael Buble's Nobody But Me edges up 3-2; Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker falls from No. 1 to 3; Lady Gaga's Joanne drops from 2 to 4 and Gord Downie's Secret Path slides down from 4 to 5..
Two Canadian acts debut in the bottom half of the top ten this week: Blue Rodeo's 1000 Arms enters at No. 6, making all eight of the band's SoundScan era studio albums peaking in the Top 10. The same goes for the Sam Roberts Band's Terraform, landing at No. 8. , and achieving similar results as Blue Rodeo with all of his band's album releases.
Meek Mill's Dream Chaser 4 debuts at No. 10, his third straight Top 10 album, which picks up 2.8 million audio on-demand streams, the second highest total of the week, trailing only Drake's Views.
Safia Nolin's Limoilou re-enters at No. 16, thanks to her Discovery of the Year victory at last week's L'ADISQ Awards. The album previously peaked at No. 23 in September 2015 and last charted in February.
Other new entries in the top 40 include Kenny Chesney at No. 12, Tove Lo at No. 14, Quebec rapper Souldia at No. 15, Testament at No. 24 and A$AP Mob at No. 34.
- Data courtesy of SoundScan with additional details provided by Nielsen Music Canada Director Paul Tuch.