Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart this week with 9,500 total consumption units that blend sales with on-demand streams.
Born Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, it’s the American singer-songwriter’s first chart-topping album, surpassing the No. 3 peak of her breakthrough Badlands’ 2015 release.
Worth noting too is the fact that she is the first female solo artist to reach the top of the chart since Celine Dion’s Encore UnSoir in September 2016.
Ed Sheeran’s Divide edges 3-2, with an 8% consumption increase, and last week’s No. 1, Summer Latin Hits, 2017 falls to 3.
Roger Waters’ first studio album in 25 years, Is This The Life We Really Want?, debuts at 4. His lone charting album in the Canada SoundScan era was 2015’s Roger Waters’ The Wall, which peaked at 83.
Brit rock four-piece alt-J’s Relaxer debuts at 7. It’s the follow-up to the No. 2 chart peak album This Is All Yours album.
Other debuts in the top 40 include Major Lazer’s Music Is the Weapon, at 13; Quebec vedette Roxane Bruneau’s Dysphorie (The Diagnosis), at 19; Headstones’ Little Army, at 26; American Country singer Luke Combs’ debut album This One’s For You, at 35; and Maryland rock ensemble All Time Low’s Last Young Renegade, at 38.
U2’s 30th anniversary edition of Joshua Tree pops 192-20, earning a 410% consumption increase.
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” continues its run at the top of the Streaming and Digital Songs charts. It has double the streams than runner-up DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One,” and four times the download sales of the No.2 Digital Song, The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This.”
— Data courtesy of SoundScan with additional detail provided by Neilsen Music Canada Director Paul Tuch