Drake earns his seventh straight Canadian chart-topping album and sets a one-week on-demand streaming record with the release of More Life.
The self-described 20-track ‘playlist’ album sold 26,000 copies and generated 43 million on-demand streams in its first week. This beats the previous record-holder, The Weeknd, whose Starboy album shot to the top with 27M on-demand streams last November.
It’s not a clean sweep of record book entries though as redhead Ed Sheeran’s Divided album scored 75K so-called consumption units blending sales and streams a few weeks back. By comparison, Drake is runner-up with 57K.
Six songs from More Life have now hit the top ten streaming chart, led by “Passionfruit” at 2, and the 6 star’s album catalogue is hotter than a listing for a starter home with garage in Toronto.
Ed Sheeran’s Divide necessarily gets the boot, free falling all the way to 2nd place with 23,000 total consumption units piled on to the previous 100,000 he’s accumulated in prior two weeks. Teddy has the top digital song download and the second highest on-demand stream totals for the week and his hit single, “Shape of You,” continues its 11-week run at the top of the Streaming and Songs charts.
Metallica’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct falls thunderously to 3, posting a 7% consumption increase.
Depeche Mode’s Spirit debuts at 4, falling shy of the No. 2 entry of their last album, ‘09s Sounds of the Universe. All six of the group’s SoundScan-era studio albums debuted in the top four.
Two more albums debut inside the top ten. German beat-pop trio Milky Chance’s sophomore set Blossom lands at 7, and acclaimed Sherbrooke singer-songwriter Vincent Vallieres’ seventh album, Le Temps Des Vivants (The Time of the Living) comes in at 10 This is his third consecutive top ten album.
Debuts in the top 40 include So Good by Sweden’s 19-year-old blond ambition, Zara Larsson, at 15; Better You Than Me by American entrepreneur-turned-rapper Rick Ross, at 16; Climate Change by hotshot Pitbull, at 20; Agnus Dei by Quebec pop star Mario Pelchat & Les Pretres, at 23, and Austin rock band Spoon’s ninth album, Hot Thoughts, at 39.
Chuck Berry's Chess-era Definitive Collection enters at 47 and triggers nearly 400,000 audio on-demand streams following his death on March 18.
-- All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional detail provided by Nielsen Music Canada director Paul Tuch