After a full week of activity since his death, Leonard Cohen has nine albums appearing on the Billboard Canadian Album consumption chart, including two in the top five.
You Want It Darker, the pop poet's last studio album released on Oct. 21, holds in 1st place for the third week, with 22,000 total consumption units, including 21,000 album sales. On-demand streams for the album total over 800,000, a surge of 150,000 more than the combined total in the prior weeks.
The Essential Leonard Cohen collection bullets 56-4 with close to 9,000 consumption units, posting the highest Digital Songs total, the fourth highest album sales, and the ninth highest audio on-demand stream total for the week.
Also debuting in the top 50 are More Best Of, at 33 and Best Of, at 43. Cohen's catalogue posts a strong increase over the prior week with album sales up over 300%, digital tracks up 540% and streams up 450%.
Cohen’s classic song “Hallelujah” lands at No. 4 on the Digital Songs chart and top 20 on the Streaming Songs index. In addition, cover versions of the song post big increases, including Pentatonix (+123% digital, +93% streaming), Jeff Buckley (+445% digital, +203% streaming), k.d. lang (+611% digital, +610% streaming) and Rufus Wainwright (+800% digital, +305% streaming). Jennifer Warnes’ 1987 album of Leonard Cohen songs, Famous Blue Raincoat, re-enters the Billboard Canadian Album chart at 195.
Bobby Bazini’s Summer Is Gone scores the top debut of the week, entering at No. 2 with over 11,000 total consumption units. The album, which features a song called “Leonard Cohen,” is his third straight top five release.
We Got It From Here, Thank You, the first album in 18 years from A Tribe Called Quest, debuts at 3 with 9,500 total consumption units. The Love Movement, the last album by the American hi-hop outfit, peaked at 2 in 1998.
Three holiday albums sit in the top 20 this week, led by Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas at 5; Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood's CD album, Christmas Together, debuts at 8; and Michael Bublé’s Christmas makes its annual move up the chart, vaulting 22-12.
Other new entries in the top 30 include Québec singer-songwriter Alex Nevsky's self-titled album, at 9; the Muchdance 2017 collection, at 15; Sting's 57th & 9th, at No. 18; and Sweden's decibel-busting In Flames lands Battles at 19.
Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” makes No. 1 and 2 respectively on the Streaming Songs and Digital Songs charts, pumping Sremmlife 2 16-14 on the Albums chart.
The Weeknd’s “Starboy” returns to the top of the Digital Songs chart with a 23% download increase.
-- Data supplied by SoundScan Canada with additional information from Nielsen Music Canada director Paul Tuch