Billboard magazine has released its 2016 Top 50 Canadian Albums and Hot 100 charts but the real deal on who sold what isn't likely to be released until early 2017 when the numbers are in for all of December. That's when Nielsen Music Canada issues its comprehensive market report that includes everything from record distributor market shares, to catalogue, format and streaming best-ofs.
Whatever window of time the trade publication has used to compile the lists, the absence of December sales data leaves both The Weeknd's red hot Starboy album and Michael Bublé's platinum-plus selling Nobody But Me off the chart.
Worth noting is the fact that more than 50% of the 10 best-selling albums were released in 2015, four in 2014 and three -- The Tragically Hip's Yer Favourites, Gun N' Roses' Greatest Hits, and Eminem's Curtain Call: The Hits -- had their release more than a decade ago.
Billboard has also compiled a Canadian Hot 100 Artists chart that has Justin Bieber and Drake in 1st and 2nd place respectively, with Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers and Adele following 3-5. The Weeknd places 7th, right behind Rihanna, and Shawn Mendes comes in 10th on the list.
The year-end most popular artists in Canada ranks by pop, rock, adult and country radio airplay audience impressions, as measured by Nielsen Music, and sales data compiled by Nielsen Music.