When we found out that London Ontario native Justin Bieber earned his first ever US #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “What Do You Mean?” and that Scarborough’s The Weeknd had his new album Beauty Behind Madness debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, we started thinking. A. how the heck is this Biebs’ first #1 hit? And B. has a group of Canadian pop stars ever dominated the US charts as much as they have in 2015?
And we mean dominate. It’s a veritable modern renaissance for Canadian pop music thanks to Justin, The Weekend, Drake, Shawn Mendes, and Alessia Cara who are all sitting happily on the Billboard Top 100 as we speak.
Of course we have witnessed various individual US chart domination over the years by some of our nation’s biggest pop stars such as Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne, but have we ever seen as much joint success from a group of young Canadian artists as we have this year? Our fairly diligent scouring of the internet tells us no.
Think about it. This year alone, we’ve already witnessed Toronto rapper Drake’s album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late debut at #1, Toronto singer-songwriter (and Taylor Swift tour mate) Shawn Mendes’ album Handwritten debut at #1 and now R&B all-star The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind Madness also just premiered in the top spot on the Billboard 200.
In terms of individual hits, Bieber’s newly crowned #1 single “What Do You Mean” just took over the top spot from The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face” which previously spent a couple weeks at the top of the pile. The Weeknd also had a top 3 hit with his 50 Shades of Grey track “Earned It” and Bieber was part of the top 10 summer hit “Where Are U Now.”
Both Mendes and Brampton, Ontario newcomer Alessia Cara earned a top 20 hit and top 10 R&B hit on the US charts this year with their singles “Stitches” and “Here” respectively.
And you can be sure that when Bieber’s new album debuts in November, it will do so at #1 in the US, just like all of his previous ones have.
We wouldn’t mind if our kids take over for good!