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Corey Hart Makes A Splash With New EP, and Quebec Singer Yama Laurent Is A Wow!

Billie Eilish remains at No. 1, but Corey Hart and Quebec La Voix winner Yama Laurent (pictured) are among those with prominent new releases

Corey Hart Makes A Splash With New EP, and Quebec Singer Yama Laurent Is A Wow!

By FYI Staff

Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? returns to the No. 1 position on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart for the third non-consecutive week, with 8,600 total consumption units, including the highest audio-on-demand streams and digital song download totals in the period. It is only the third album so far in 2019 to spend at least three weeks at No. 1, following the soundtrack to A Star Is Born and Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next.


Khalid’s Free Spirit rebounds 4-2 with a 9% consumption increase.

The top debut is Corey Hart’s five-song EP Dreaming Time Again which lands at 3, earning the highest album sales in the week. This is his highest charting album in the Nielsen SoundScan era, and highest chart peak since his 1996 self-titled album levelled out at 34.

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NYC rock band Vampire Weekend’s Father of The Bride debuts at 6. It is the band’s first charted album since Modern Vampires of The City peaked at 2 in 2013.

Other debuts in the top 50 include Philly rapper PnB Rock’s TrapStar Turn PopStar, at 14; Swedish death metal outfit Amon Amarth’s Berserker, at 19; La Voix winner Yama Laurent’s self-titled album, at 28; and prolific Quebec rapper Fouki’s ZayZay, at 37.

Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road holds at the top of the Streaming Songs chart and returns to No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart.

Shawn Mendes’ If I Can’t Have You debuts at 2 and 3 on the Digital Songs and the Streaming Songs charts respectively. It is his highest debut to date on both countdowns and his highest peak on the Streaming chart.

All data courtesy of SoundScan with colour commentary provided by Nielsen Canada director Paul Tuch.

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The Billboard Canada FYI Bulletin: Beyoncé Country Hit A Win For Canadian Songwriters

Also in this week's roundup of industry news: Kayla Diamond launches her own boutique imprint, SOCAN names an ombudsman, and time's running out for noms for this year's Rosalie Award honouring trailblazing women in broadcasting.

Beyoncé becomes the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em” and it has gone to No. 1 on iTunes in 14 different countries and counting. There are some surprising connections. The song is co-written and co-produced by Ontario-born writer/producer Nathan Ferraro, whose previous collaborations include working with Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bear Mountain, RALPH, Shawn Hook, Alyssa Reid, Jessie Reyez, Lowell and Tyler Shaw.

In fact, the song has deep Canadian origins. Two other Canadian songwriters participated in this runaway hit: Megan Bülow (who records and performs as bülow) as and Elizabeth "Lowell" Boland (a.k.a. Lowell), with Ferraro co-producing the track with Killah B and Beyoncé.

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