Thanks in large part to the enormous success of Luis Fionsi & Daddy Yankee’s global hit, “Despacito,” boosted heavily by the remix featuring Justin Bieber, Summer Latin Hits 2017 debuts at No.1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, with 7,000 total consumption units (that combine on-demand streaming and paid downloads).
That’s the good news! The bad news is it’s the lowest consumption total for a No.1 album since Drake’s Views chalked up 6,500 in September 2016.
Summer Latin Hits 2017 is also the first non-soundtrack various artists album to reach the top of the chart since Just The Hits 2015 spent two weeks at the top, in August 2015.
Ironically, the album doesn’t register on the Top 200 Album sales chart but the large stream and song totals for “Despacito”— which remains at No. 1 on in both metrics this week — means the album is able to top the consumption list.
“Despacito” picked up 8M streams in the week, the highest one week total for any song to date, surpassing even Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” which achieved 7.8M in early March. The song also racked up 32K digital downloads in the week, four times as many as the No. 2 song download.
Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. and Ed Sheeran’s Divide albums both slide up two positions to Nos. 2 and 3 respectively, despite having consumption decreases.
Kentucky R&B singer Bryson Tiller’s sophomore album True To Self debuts at 4, his highest charting album to date. His debut release, T R A P S O U L, peaked at 29 in January 2016.
The 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band re-enters the chart at 7. The stereo edition also achieved the highest selling album tally in the week, the third time the long disbanded Liverpool band has accomplished this in the SoundScan era, and the first since Love spent two weeks at the top in ‘06. This is The Beatles' highest chart peak on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart since 2013 when On Air: Live At The BBC Volume 2 landed at 7.
Serena Ryder’s Utopia debuts at 10 and is the second highest selling album for the week. It is her first top ten album, surpassing the No. 11 peak of her last release, 2013’s Harmony.
Also debuting in the top 50 are Lil Yachty’s Teenage Emotions, at No. 17; Shakira’s El Dorado, at 20; and Atlanta trap music star Gucci Mane’s Drop WopTop, at 31.