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Celine Dion & Shania Twain Lead Nielsen Music Canada's Top Canadian Artists Chart

Canada 150: Celine Dion & Shania Twain Lead Nielsen Music Canada's Top Canadian Artists Chart

By Karen Bliss | Billboard | June 29, 2017 

The official 150th birthday of Canada — commemorating  confederation — is this Saturday, July 1,  known as Canada Day, but it’s been a year-long celebration with the government putting in a half-billion dollars towards the branded ”Canada 150” festivities and businesses commemorating the sesquicentennial their own way. Nielsen Music Canada, in collaboration with Billboard, has compiled its own celebratory lists of the biggest artists, albums and songs since the data-tracking system came into Canada in 1996 (and cut off Dec. 31, 2016).

“We’re excited to celebrate the success of Canadian artists at home, in partnership with Billboard, as we honour [sic] Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said Paul Shaver, Head of Nielsen Music Canada.

Nielsen Music Canada’s recap charts include all-format and radio charts (started April 1995), album sales (1996 -) and digital song sales (2005 - ). The most recent chart for streaming (July 2014 -) extends to March 2017.

The top-selling Canadian artist (by album sales in Canada) during the 20-year “Nielsen Music Canada era,” is, not surprisingly, Celine Dion when tallying up all her physical and digital sales for the Top Overall Artist chart. She’s followed by Shania Twain and Michael Bublé at Nos. 2 and 3, both of whom are massive outside Canada. Next, however, is The Tragically Hip (No. 4), the rock band that does not have the same profile in the rest of the world as it does at home but has been one of the country’s biggest acts for decades and played its final tour in 2016 following singer Gord Downie’s announcement he has brain cancer. Also among the top 25 artists: Sarah McLachlan (No. 5), Nickelback (No. 6), Diana Krall (No. 7) and Avril Lavigne (No. 8), but the appearance of DIY artists Johnny Reid (No. 17) and Loreena McKennitt (No. 20) is impressive and francophone acts Francois Perusse (No. 19) and Isabelle Boulay (No. 24) show the power of the Quebec market.

The Top Overall Albums chart — combining physical and digital album sales — finds Twain holding two positions in the top 10, Nos. 1 and 3 for Come On Over and Up!, respectively. Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love is sandwiched between at No. 2, while the diva also holds down Nos. 9 and 10 with Falling Into You and These Are Special Times, respectively. The top 10 also includes McLachlan’s Surfacing at No. 4, Lavigne’s Let Go at No. 5 and Our Lady Peace’s Clumsy at No. 8.


Top Overall Artist (by album sales, physical and digital combined)
 Rank  Artist 
1Celine Dion 
2Shania Twain 
3Michael Buble 
4The Tragically Hip 
5Sarah McLachlan 
7Diana Krall 
8Avril Lavigne 
9Our Lady Peace 
10Bryan Adams 
11Justin Bieber 
12Leonard Cohen 
13Neil Young 
14Blue Rodeo 
15Barenaked Ladies 
16Great Big Sea 
17Johnny Reid 
18Alanis Morissette 
19Francois Perusse 
20Loreena McKennitt 
21Jann Arden 
22Nelly Furtado 
23Amanda Marshall 
24Isabelle Boulay 
25Matthew Good/Matthew Good Band 
Top Overall Albums (physical and digital sales combined)
 Rank  ArtistTitle
1Shania TwainCome On Over
2Celine DionLet's Talk About Love
3Shania TwainUp!
4Sarah McLachlanSurfacing
5Avril LavigneLet Go
6Celine DionAll The Way - A Decade Of Song
7Michael BubleChristmas
8Our Lady PeaceClumsy
9Celine DionFalling Into You
10Celine DionThese Are Special Times
Airplay — Top Country Songs 
 Rank  ArtistTitle
1Paul BrandtMy Heart Has A History
2Jason McCoyBorn Again In Dixieland
3Deric RuttanWhen You Come Around
4Paul BrandtThat's The Truth
5Paul BrandtI'm Gonna Fly
6Shane YellowbirdPickup Truck
7Carolyn Dawn JohnsonI Don't Want You To Go
8Shania TwainNo One Needs To Know
9Paul BrandtYeah!
10Aaron LinesTurn It Up (I Like The Sound Of That)


Digital Songs by Decade — 1990s

 Rank  ArtistTitle
1Sarah McLachlanAngel
2Tom CochraneLife Is a Highway
3Celine DionMy Heart Will Go On
4Bryan Adams(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
5Spirt of the WestHome for a Rest
6The Tragically HipWheat Kings
7Shania TwainMan! I Feel Like a Woman!
8The Tragically HipBobcaygeon
9Sarah McLachlanI Will Remember You
10Neil YoungHarvest Moon


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