On The Charts...This Week

Big Sean’s I Decided debuts at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, with 8,200 total consumption units that marry sales, downloads and streams.

This is the Detroit rapper’s first chart-topping album, surpassing the No. 5 peak of his last release, 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise.

His album topped the on-demand stream chart, accruing seven-million, earned the No. 3 best-selling album distinction and No. 4 selling song download total for the week.

Lady Gaga’s performance at last week’s Super Bowl leads to big consumption increases for her catalogue.

Her latest album, Joanne, bullets 54-2, with a 524% consumption gain, matching the album’s chart peak reached in its debut week at the end of October. Her ‘09 debut album The Fame, which spent two weeks at No. 1, re-enters at 6, and her last chart-topping album, 2011’s Born This Way, re-enters at 25. Over the previous week, her total album sales post a 735% increase and a 985% increase in her song catalogue.

Two Canadian artists debut in the top 10 this week, led by Big Wreck’s Grace Street at 5. The release scores the number one-selling album of the week, with 4,000 copies sold. It matches the band’s highest chart peak to date with their last two releases, 2012’s Albatross and 2014’s Ghosts.


Quebec star Patrice Michaud’s Almanach  enters at 7, his third album and first to hit the top 10--largely driven by the successful #1 hit, “Kamikaze”. His last release, 2014’s Le Feu De Chaque Jour, peaked at 43.


Helped by her performance on Saturday Night Live, Alessia Cara’s Know-It-All rebounds 52-29 with a 43% consumption increase. It is the album’s highest chart position since October.

Other debuts in the top 50 include Reba McEntire’s Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope at 23, Brit singer-songwriter and producer Sampha’s Process, at 35, and Wyclef Jean’s J’ouvert, at 50.

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” continues to lead the way on both the Streaming and Digital Song charts, spending its fifth straight week at No. 1 on both lists.

-- Data provided by SoundScan with additional detail from Nielsen Music Canada director Paul Tuch




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