2017 Was The Year Of The Weeknd On Canadian Radio

The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes top the list of Canadian airplay earners in 2017 and Nielsen Music reports that on-demand streams set a new record, surpassing 900M in the 2nd last week of the year.

2017 Was The Year Of The Weeknd On Canadian Radio

By FYI Staff

Top 10 Most Played Canadian artists

The Weeknd

Shawn Mendes



Alessia Cara

Virginia to Vegas

Dallas Smith

Shawn Hook

Dean Brody

Serena Ryder

Worth Noting

As of Week 48, Audio On-Demand Streams up 75% over same period in 2016.

Week 48 was the first week since Nielsen Music began tracking streaming in Canada that audio on-demand streams surpassed the 900 million mark.

Streaming lifts help make up for the drops in physical and digital sales.

  • Albums w/TEA w/SEA On-Demand up 8%

  • Overall albums down 16%

  • Digital Tracks down 19%

Vinyl albums continued their upward growth, with a 22% YTD increase over the same period in 2016.

Vinyl sales have shown a year over year increase each year since 2011.

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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