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New Pup Album Makes A Big Splash, But Khalid Makes No. 1

Khalid’s Free Spirit debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart with 26,000 total consumption units, earning the highest album sales and audio-on-demand streams for the week.

New Pup Album Makes A Big Splash, But Khalid Makes No. 1

By FYI Staff

Khalid’s Free Spirit debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart with 26,000 total consumption units, earning the highest album sales and audio-on-demand streams for the week. His third album for RCA is also his first chart-topping album, after reaching the top ten with his previous two releases, most recently landing at No. 6 with 2018’s Suncity.


Last week’s No. 1 album, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, drops to 2nd place, and Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next holds at 3.

K-Pop group Blackpink picks up its first top ten album as Kill This Love debuts at 8. It surpasses the No. 21 peak of 2018 EP Square Up.

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Brooks & Dunn’s Reboot debuts at 16, marking it as the duo’s first charted album since #1s…And Then Some reached No. 10 in ‘09.

Toronto’s Pup debuts at 23 with Morbid Stuff. It is the outfit’s highest charting album to date, surpassing their last release, 2016’s The Dream Is Over that peaked at 48.

Other debuts in the top 50 include French sibling duo PNL’s Deux Freres, at 31, and US singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ Amidst the Chaos, at 35.

 

 

Lil Nas X’s first charted song “Old Town Road” bullets 2-1 on the Streaming Songs chart with over 11 million streams and rockets 10-1 on the Digital Songs chart.

-- All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional colour commentary provided by Nielsen Canada Director Paul Tuch.

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

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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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