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AC/DC's Power Up Debuts At No. 1

AC/DC’s Power Up debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, scoring the highest album sales for the week.

AC/DC's Power Up Debuts At No. 1

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AC/DC’s Power Up debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, scoring the highest album sales for the week. This is the band’s fourth chart-topping album in the SoundScan era and its first release since 2014’s Rock Or Bust.


Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over debuts at No. 2. All four of his studio albums have peaked in the top five. It’s his first charted album since From A Room: Volume 2 peaked at No. 5 in December 2017 and his second-highest peak to date, surpassed only by the No. 1 From A Room: Volume 1 in May 2017.

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Ariana Grande’s Positions, the number one album the last two weeks, falls to No. 3 and Pop Smoke’s Shoot for The Stars, Aim for The Moon falls two positions to No. 4, despite scoring the highest on-demand stream total for the week.

Future & Lil Uzi Vert’s Pluto x Baby Pluto debuts at 5. It is Future’s 10th top five album and fourth as a duo with another artist, following releases with Drake, Young Thug and Juice WRLD. All three of Lil Uzi Vert’s albums have peaked in the top five.

Quebec multi-media star Roxane Bruneau’s Acrophobie debuts at 6. It's her first top ten album. Her last release, 2017’s Dysphorie, peaked at 19.

Other new entries include Quebec pop singer Beyries’ Encounter, at 25, and Quebec hip-hop duo Souldia & Tizzo’s Off at 59.

– All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional detail provided by MRC’s Paul Tuch.

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Meet Nathan Ferraro, One of the Canadian Songwriters Credited on Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em"

The Ontario-born musician and producer was once the frontman for the band The Midway State, but he's spent the last decade behind-the-scenes between Canada and Los Angeles. He tells Billboard Canada about his writing team with fellow Canadians bülow and Lowell.

This week, Beyoncé became the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em.” But many of the credited songwriters and promoters come from a surprising place – not Texas or Nashville, but Canada.

“Texas Hold ‘Em” is co-written by three Canadians: Nathan Ferraro (who also co-produced it), Elizabeth Boland (who has released music for the label Arts & Crafts as Lowell) and Megan Bülow (who makes music as bülow). The three of them are all credited on the song, with Ferraro also co-producing the song with Killah B and Beyoncé.

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