A trinity of Canadians in Washington, DC
A trinity of Canadians in Washington, DC

On The Charts...This Week

As we predicted Friday, The Weeknd scores his second straight No. 1 Canadian Album chart debut this week.

The '6' star Abel Tesfaye's Starboy debuts with 64K consumption units in the week, according to Nielsen Music, using an algorhythm that blends sales, streams and songs downloads.

Starboy sold a total of 43K copies in its first week, ranking it as The Weeknd's most successful one-week sales total since his gold-selling Kiss Land debuted in 2013.  

Starboy also scores the top digital track download total for the week and -- with 26.7M on-demand streams -- zooms beyond the one--week high held by fellow '6' star Drake when Views debuted with  22.5M streams in May.  

Noteworthy is the fact that Starboy is the 10th Canadian artist album to score a No. 1 slot this year.

In 2015, 11 Canadian artist albums reached the No. 1 spot.

Metallica’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is shunted into 2nd place,  with 15K consumption units and an aggregate exceeding 80K album sales since its release.

Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas edges up 4-3 with a 44% consumption increase. The American a cappella ensemble's last holiday release, That’s Christmas To Me,  bullets 24-11 with a 67% gain.

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic remains in the top five, but falls two positions, to 4.

Michael Bublé continues to post chart gains with his two charted albums, moving 10-5 with Christmas (+44%) and rebounding 9-6 with Nobody But Me (+36%).

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s Christmas Together moves 8-7 with a 15% consumption gain. Brooks’ new album, Gunslinger, debuts at 18.

Daniel Belanger’s indulgent Paloma debuts at 8. It is the Québec superstar's third straight top ten debut, but early reaction suggests it has a short shelf life.


Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker and Bobby Bazini’s Summer Is Gone round out the top 10, giving Canadian artists six of the top 10 total consumption albums this week.

Five more Canadian artists are in positions 11 through 20, including Sarah McLachlan’s Wonderland, which vaults 42-15 (+124%;) Charlotte Cardin’s Big Boy which leaps 187-20 (+522%;) and Jean Pierre Ferland’s Chansons Jalouses falls just shy of the top 20--entering at 21.



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