Punjabi-Canadian Artist Shubh Debuts at No. 13 on Billboard Canadian Hot 100 With "King Shit"
Punjabi-Canadian artists made a strong showing on the chart this week, with the Brampton artist's "King Shit" at No. 13 and a collab from Sukha and Chani Nattan debuting at No. 55.
Punjabi-Canadian musician Shubh has made an impressive entry on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.
This week, his new single "King Shit" debuts at No. 13. Shubh has the second-highest charting Canadian song right now, behind Tate McRae's "greedy." That song fell to No. 2 this week as Jack Harlow's "Lovin On Me" took No. 1. But "King Shit," released Jan. 5, already has ten million streams on Spotify. Could Shubh make a royal ascent on the chart in the coming weeks?
"King Shit" comes from a new four-track EP by the Brampton artist, Leo, which debuted at No. 19 on the Canadian Albums chart. Shubh charted in 2023 with single "Still Rollin," but "King Shit" marks a significant return for the artist following the cancellation of his India tour last fall due to political blowback over a social media post.
With "King Shit," Shubh sounds more confident and in control than ever, rapping about power and success over an assertive string-based beat.
Joining "King Shit" on the chart is another debut from Punjabi-Canadian artists Sukha and Chani Nattan, featuring Gurlej Akhtar. Their R&B-informed "8 Asle" arrived at No. 55 this week, bringing together Toronto's Sukha and Vancouver's Nattan on the Canadian Hot 100. Released in November, the song has now racked up 16 million views on YouTube, which has propelled it to the chart.
It's a big week for the Punjabi Wave. The strong showings from "King Shit" and "8 Asle" point to the growing popularity of Punjabi music in Canada, where artists like Ikky, Karan Aujla and more are making names for themselves.
Jonita Gandhi was just named an Amazon Music Canada Artist To Watch, while Punjabi-Canadian artists AP Dhillon and NAV were announced on the Coachella 2024 lineup, following in the footsteps of Diljit Dosanjh's 2023 performance. Dosanjh is set to make his own mark in Canada this year, with a historic stadium show at Vancouver's BC Place in April.
Another genre on the rise in Canada is country. Ontario artist Josh Ross has a new entry on the Canadian Hot 100 with the whiskey-tinged "Ain't Doin' Jack" at No. 98. Ross spent last fall supporting Nickelback on their Get Rollin' Tour, and will be playing at Live Nation Canada's inaugural Coast City Country edition in Vancouver this spring.
Drake — Yasiin Bey's favourite artist to listen to while shopping — has a new entry as well, with 2011's "Practice" making a chart debut thirteen years later, at No. 56. Toronto collective New West re-enter the chart at No. 88 with "Those Eyes" following the release of a new version of the ballad featuring singer-songwriter Zeph.