Future makes history!
The Atlanta, Ga. hip-hop star, born Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, has become the first artist to achieve back-to-back #1 albums in Canada, according to score keepers at Nielsen SoundScan.
Following last week’s release of his self-titled album, Future’s HNDRXX tops this week’s Canadian Albums chart with 7800 consumption units that combine sales and streams—and the sales, downloads and streams charts.
The Weeknd’s Starboy and the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack stay put, at Nos. 2 & 3 respectively, and Punjabi-Canadian hip-hop recording artist and record producer Nav debuts at 4 with his self-titled debut that has its release on The Weeknd’s XO imprint.
Three soundtracks featuring songs performed on the (infamous) Academy Awards broadcast post consumption increases over the prior week: Trolls, featuring Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” edges 8-7 with a 13% gain; Moana, featuring songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, jumps 17-10, with a 54% increase; and the La La Land score, featuring the Oscar-winning Song and Score, pops 16-11 with a 51% increase.
John Mayer’s The Search for Everything: Wave Two EP enters at 13, five weeks following Wave One, which debuted in 2nd place. Both extended plays contain four tracks and are part of a trilogy of EPs teasing the Deadhead and onetime Jessica Simson heartthrob’s upcoming seventh studio album set for release on April 13.
Little Big Town’s The Breaker debuts at 15, the highest chart peak to date for the righteous-sounding US country quartet.
Montreal’s bilingual cancer-survivor, (Amélie) Beyries, makes a splash on the Albums chart this week, with her debut album, Landing, landing at 21; and fellow Montrealer John Matte’s trio The Franklin Electric returns with Blue Ceilings landing at 25, surpassing the ensemble’s earlier edition, This Is How I Let You Down, which peaked at 32 in 2013.
Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” remains at #1 on the Streaming and Songs charts for the eighth straight week.
A duo of duos score big song gains this week: “Something Just Like This,” the new single from The Chainsmokers, ft. Coldplay, bullets 64-3 on the Streaming chart and 12-2 on the Songs chart, and Zedd & Alessia Cara’s “Stay” vaults 162-5 on the Songs chart.
-- All data courtesy of SoundScan Canada with additional insights from Nielsen Music Canada director Paul Tuch