Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart with 33,000 total consumption units, earning a clean sweep with the highest album sales, digital song downloads and audio-on-demand stream totals for the week.
With over 29 million audio-on demand streams, it is the highest one-week total since Travis Scott’s Astroworld achieved 31M audio-on-demand streams in its release week in August 2018.
Thank U, Next also sets a new record for most one-week audio-on-demand streams by a female artist, more than doubling the 12.9M reached by Grande’s Sweetener.
This is Grande’s third chart-topping album and second straight, following Sweetener in August 2018. Her new single, “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” debuts at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, replacing her song “7 Rings,” and enters at 2 on the Digital Songs chart.
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack drops to 2 despite a 4% consumption increase, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN falls to 3, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack drops to 4 despite a 17% consumption increase, and Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys holds at 5.
Last week’s Grammy Awards propel a number of artists up the chart this week, led by Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour, which re-enters at 14 with a 539% consumption increase. It is the album’s highest chart position since it debuted at 11 in April 2018. Other movers include Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy 31-22 (+14%); Dan + Shay’s self-titled album 44-37 (+16%); Brandi Carlile’s By The Way I Forgive You, which re-enters at 42 (+1056%), and H.E.R.’s self-titled album 178-58 (+93%).
The other two debuts in the top 50 this week belong to Canadian artists. Lara Fabian’s Papillon comes in at 20, her highest charted album since 9 peaked at No. 20 in 2005. Said The Whale’s Cascadia enters at No. 47, the group’s highest charting album since Hawaiii peaked at 18 in September 2013.
-- All data courtesy of SoundScan with colour commentary provided by Nielsen Canada Director Paul Tuch.