Johnny Reid with Revival's co-producer, Bob Ezrin
Johnny Reid with Revival's co-producer, Bob Ezrin

Christmas Albums Hot On The Chart, And So Is Sam Smith

Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All debuts at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart with 16,000 total consumption units, and top seller status in the week with 9,500 copies sold. The second studio album by the English singer also earns the highest audio-on-demand stream total for the week. The Thrill is Smith's first chart-topping album, surpassing the No. 2 peak of his debut release, 2014’s In the Lonely Hour.

Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues debuts at 2 and marks the outfit’s first studio release since they scored their first No. 1 album in 2014 with V. All six of the Adam Levine-led LA band’s studio albums have peaked in the top five.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide continues to perform well, falling one spot to 3 despite a 3% consumption increase. The Brit singer’s album has been in the top three for 30 of its 36 weeks on the chart.

Johnny Reid’s first non-Country release, Revival, debuts at 4. It is his fifth straight top five and follows-up on What Love Is All About that peaked at 3 in 2015.

21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin’s Without Warning jumps 6-5 with a 33% consumption increase.

Mario Pelchat Presente Les Pretres’ Noel Ensemble debuts at 6. It is the second top ten release in 2017 featuring Pelchat and Les Pretres, following the No. 5 hit album, Agnus Dei.

Popular Quebec TV star, singer and comedian Marc Dupre’s La Vie Qu’il Nous Reste debuts at 7. It is his highest chart peak since 2013’s Nous Sommes Les Memes reached 2, and surpasses the No. 10 peak of his last album, 2014’s La Dans Ma Tete.

Other debuts in the top 40 include Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore, at 11; Kid Rock’s Sweet Southern Sugar, at 15; Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically, at 18; Grace Vanderwaal’s Just the Beginning, at 20; Kygo’s Kids In Love, at 25; Philippe Brach’s Le Silence Des Troupeaux, at 34; and Shawn Mendes’ MTV Unplugged, at 35.

Now that we have reached mid-November, holiday releases are beginning to make their way up the chart, led by the debut of Mario Pelchat/Les Pretres, at 6, Michael Bublé's Christmas rockets 119-28 (+189%), The Tenors’ Christmas Together bullets 66-39 (+43%), and Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas zooms 108-46.

Camila Cabello’s “Havana” remains the No. 1 song for a second week on the Streaming chart while Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” spends its fourth straight week at the top of the Digital Songs chart.

–  All data courtesy of SoundScan with addtional detail provided by Nielsen Music Canada director, Paul Tuch.

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