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Drake's No. 1, But It's Coltrane's Chart Return That's News

Drake's blown the competition away, busted streaming records and generally shown he's hot and getting hotter- but it's saxophonist John Coltrane's return to the best-sellers list that is remarkable.

Drake's No. 1, But It's Coltrane's Chart Return That's News

By FYI Staff

Drake’s Scorpion debuts at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, with 70,000 total consumption units, the highest total so far in 2018.


 The album scores the highest sales total for the week and with 70 million audio-on-demand streams, and sets a new record for the highest one-week total, demolishing the previous record of 43 million set by Post Malone’s Beerbongs& Bentleys in the first week of May.

It is the Canadian superstar’s 8th straight chart-topping album. Scorpion has the highest weekly consumption total since Taylor Swift’s Reputation in December 2017 and the highest for a Canadian artist since Shania Twain’s Now in October 2017.

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Florence + The Machine’s High As Hope debuts at No. 2. It is the group’s third straight top five album and follows-up their 2015 No. 1, How Big How Blue How Beautiful.

Gorillaz’ The Now Now debuts at 4, the band’s fourth top five album and follows their No. 2 2017 release Hum,nz.

With the release of a deluxe reissue, Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut album Appetite For Destruction returns to the Billboard Canadian Albums chart at 7. This is the American band's third top ten album in the SoundScan era and their first since Chinese Democracy hit No. 1 in 2008.

Bullet for My Valentine’s Gravity debuts at 18. It’s the Welsh metal band’s first release since 2015’s Venom reached No. 4.

John Coltrane’s Both Directions At Once: The Lost Albumdebuts at 37. It has the highest selling one-week sales total for a jazz title since Diana Krall’s Turn up the Quiet in mid-2017. The recordings were made in 1963 for Impulse Records during Coltrane's Classic Quartet period but were never released. Universal has augmented the digital and single disc formats with a 2-disc set that includes some alternative takes.

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-- All data courtesy of SoundScan with colour detail provided by Nielsen Music Canada Director, Paul Tuch.

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