Published Mar 24, 2017As we've pointed out lately, there's a new feature on Exclaim!: Charts, up there between Concerts and the Trending 21.
Want to know which EDM single out-streamed them all last week? What vinyl Canadians bought the most the week before Christmas? Well, now you can. With a little help from our friends at BuzzAngle, you can find — and customize — Canadian sales and streaming data for albums, artists and songs.
In the ongoing interest of keeping track of what's going on in the Canadian market, we've taken this week's (March 17 to 22) data for Canada's Top Albums (referred to by BuzzAngle as "Album Projects"*) and analyzed it to see what's going on. Here's what we found.
As expected, Drake's new "playlist" More Life ran away with this week's Canadian sales and streams, which is fitting: Not only is he arguably the biggest rapper in the world, but people are loving the release, which features a worldly blend of dancehall, grime, Afrobeat, house, trap and, of course, rap. Play it here.
Below that is Depeche Mode's Spirit, which we called a "return to form" for the synth-goth princes, and in fourth, Rick Ross's opulent Rather You Than Me, which impressed with some added lyrical depth compared to his last pair of albums.
Exclaim! faves Spoon fared well, pulling into the number seven spot with their excellent, psychedelic-tinged new LP Hot Thoughts, but it wasn't enough, apparently, to edge Pitbull, whose number six-clinching Climate Change features veritable douche parade "Bad Man."
Of course, those are just the albums released March 17; below, you'll find a chart of the most streamed and purchased albums overall, regardless of release date, for the week to date in Canada overall. Drake topped things overall, though Ed Sheeran hung onto the second spot. The Weeknd is still going strong, too; Starboy remains at number five despite coming out almost half a year ago.
This week brings new albums like the Jesus and Mary Chain's Damage and Joy, Mount Eerie's poignant A Crow Looked at Me and Raekwon the Chef's latest, The Wild. Keep an eye on the BuzzAngle albums, artists and songs to see how they fare in the coming days.
* BuzzAngle's term "Album Projects" refers to album sales both physical and digital, as well as song streams and sales that comprise a full album's worth of listening.