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Canadian Hot 100 First-Timers: Montreal's Zeina Hits The Charts with 2000s-Referencing 'Hooked'

No. 88 on this week's chart, the catchy single interpolates a Y2K classic by Canadian singer Shawn Desman, while Karan Aujla also has a new entry on the charts this week with 'Goin' Off.'

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On this week's Billboard Canadian Hot 100, a rising singer makes her chart debut with a throwback to classic Canadian pop.

Montreal's Zeina went viral on social media and picked up steam on radio earlier this year with "Hooked." Now, the track has landed at No. 88 on the chart, following the April release of LP Eastend Confessions.


The song's recipe for success lies in its interpolation of Shawn Desman's 2002 earworm "Shook." Zeina, who is of Lebanese and Egyptian background, borrows that song's hook and harmonies, but trades Desman's acoustic guitar riff for strings and flips the genders as she sings about dark brown eyes and a magnetic smile.

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The song has been gaining traction online and on the radio, and received a co-sign from Desman who duetted it with Zeina at a Montreal show in February.

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Desman has been undergoing his own resurgence — following a bumpy ride, the singer is back with a new energy and building radio momentum with "Heels on the Ground."

There's another Canadian debut this week, though this artist is no stranger to the charts. Karan Aujla and Mxrci arrive at No. 50 with the ominous, self-assured "Goin' Off," which has amassed 18 million views in less than two weeks. The song follows Aujla's Juno win earlier this year, and comes ahead of his first Canadian tour, which will bring him to arenas in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton this August.

Elsewhere on the chart, "I Had Some Help" by Post Malone and Morgan Wallen debuts in the top spot, pushing Shaboozey's "A Bar Song (Tipsy)" to No. 2. English singer Myles Smith debuts "Stargazing" at No. 17, while Gunna's "One of Wun" arrives at No. 49, the highest of his four songs on the chart.

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Meanwhile, Macklemore's protest song in support of the student encampment movement for Palestine, "Hind's Hall," is at No. 61.

Check out the full chart here.

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Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

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