Lara Fabian as depicted on her latest album cover.
Lara Fabian as depicted on her latest album cover.

Ariana Grande's 'Thank U' Is This Week's Chart Topper

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.

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