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Billboard Canadian Hot 100 First-Timers: Texas Songwriter Livingston Debuts With 'Shadow'

The rising artist and TikTok creator lands on two Canadian charts for the first time this week, with his album A Hometown Odyssey also debuting at No. 92 on the Canadian Albums chart.

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Texas singer-songwriter Livingston is making a splash on the Canadian charts this week.

The 21-year-old has landed on the Canadian Hot 100 for the first time with his single "Shadow" debuting at No. 100. The ominous single, which finds Livingston warning about the dangers we pose to ourselves, shows off his belt and falsetto over keyboard stabs and jittery percussion. "Shadow" is also performing well on iTunes charts and has gathered over a million YouTube views since its Mar. 7 release.



Livingston's new album, A Hometown Odyssey, also found a spot on the Canadian Albums chart this week, debuting at No. 92. Livingston first gained popularity as a teenager on TikTok during the pandemic and signed shortly thereafter with Elektra records. His websites states that he "reclaimed his independence" from his major label deal a year ago, and Hometown Odyssey is independently released.

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Independence seems to suit Livingston well. Though he isn't charting on the U.S. Hot 100 or Billboard 200 yet, sometimes rising American artists — like Benson Boone — perform better in Canada before gaining steam south of the border.

Elsewhere on the charts, Ariana Grande is dominating this week, with 11 new entries on the Canadian Hot 100 following the release of her latest record, Eternal Sunshine, which took the top spot on the Canadian Albums chart. That said, her melancholy dance track "We Can't Be Friends (Wait For Your Love)" — which landed at No. 1 in the U.S. — couldn't unseat Benson Boone from the top spot in Canada, charting at No. 3 here.

In terms of Canadians artists, Ryan Gosling returns to the Canadian Hot 100 this week with "I'm Just Ken" re-entering the chart at No. 96 after Gosling's highly entertaining — and impressively precise — Oscars performance. OVO signee 4Batz made a big jump from No. 75 to No. 14 for "Act II: Date @ 8" with a new remix from Drake sending it up the charts.

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LU KALA's "Hotter Now" falls two spots to No. 48. Owen Riegling's "Old Dirt Roads" is up two spots to No. 75, Preston Pablo's "Dance Alone" holds steady at No. 76, Josh Ross' "Ain't Doin Jack" drops to No. 77, and Alexander Stewart's "I Wish You Cheated" is at No. 87.

Check out the full chart here.

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AP Dhillon Drops Off Coachella's Second Weekend

The Punjabi-Canadian star has faced backlash in Indian media and on social media for his guitar smash on weekend one, but the festival says he's cancelling due to scheduling conflicts.

AP Dhillon is leaving the California desert behind. Coachella announced that the Punjabi-Canadian star will not appear at the festival's second weekend as planned, citing scheduling conflicts. The festival announced it in a follow up tweet to one announcing that rapper Kid Cudi has been added.

While Dhillon's first-weekend performance was well-received by the Coachella crowd and many of his supporters, he's also had some backlash due to how he closed his set, which has been widely covered by media in India.

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