Canada Rules the US Music Market

The Billboard charts are currently being dominated by Canadian artists. Both The Weeknd and Justin Bieber happen to be from Ontario, Canada.

The Weeknd currently leads the Hot 100 for a third non-consecutive week with single “Can’t Feel My Face,” the Billboard 200 with album, Beauty Behind the Madness, and the Artist 100 for overall sheer awesomeness across pretty much all the charts, including social media. For toppers, followup single, “The Hills” simultaneously takes the runner-up slot on the Hot 100.

Justin Bieber, meanwhile, debuted at #1 last week with the lead single from his upcoming album, “What Do You Mean?” This week, it drops to #3, yielding a second week of straight Canadian-born acts in the Top Three of the Hot 100. Last week, Justin Bieber took the #2 slot on the Artist 100, behind the strength of The Weeknd’s massive Beauty Behind the Madness bow (it was the second largest album sales week of the year so far). This week, Bieber drops to #4 on the Artist 100.

Other charts crowned by either Bieber or The Weeknd? Radio Songs, Digital Songs, Twitter Top Tracks, On-Demand Songs, The Social 50, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, Hot R&B Songs, R&B Streaming Songs, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, R&B Albums, Rhythmic Songs, and Dance/Electronic Digital Songs.

They are, of course, also ruling the Canadian Hot 100, Canadian Albums, and Canadian Digital Songs Charts. Internationally, they take the #s 1 and 2 slots on the Worldwide iTunes Song Chart per trusted numbers agglomerator website, The Weeknd also rules the Worldwide iTunes Albums chart (Bieber doesn’t have a current album, remember). They are currently at #s 1 and 2 on the US iTunes chart. Using a different methodology, United World Chart still lists Bieber’s as the #1 song in the world, with The Weeknd at #s 3 and 10. On the albums side, United World Chart has The Weeknd down #1-#3.

So, in the end, it might have been an easier undertaking to list the charts that AREN’T being lead by Canadian artists this week.

But wait, you say? Justin Bieber and the Weeknd aren’t really Canadian anymore, since they moved to the US and are now Americans? Yes, that is absolutely correct. They are not so much Canadians as Canadian-Americans. And, of course, neither became international superstars while they were still living in Canada. So, it is pretty clear where the credit should lie.

In the end, betting against America is like betting against the house. We stack the deck in our favor such that we always win in the end. ;P


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Peter Daines is a law student at Georgetown University Law Center. His interests include studying foreign languages, watching and predicting events in politics and the music industry, and searching fruitlessly for the meaning of life.

2 thoughts on “Canada Rules the US Music Market”

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