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This week features 5 Canadian Men from Ontario in the Hot 100 top 10. The Weeknd continues to top the Hot 100 with “The Hills” for its third week (the Weeknd has topped it for the last four weeks). “The Hills” tops the Hot 100, Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs (those last three are the charts that contribute to the Hot 100) which a song hasn’t done since “Uptown Funk” 6 months ago. Justin Bieber continues for his fourth week in the number 2 spot with “What do You Mean” while 3rd and 4th spots switch places. Drake’s “Hotline Bling’ moves up a slot to 3rd while The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” slides to 4th. The fifth Canadian in the top 10 is Shawn Mendes with “Stitches” at number 9. He became a superstar on Vine, but this is his first top 10 song. He is 17.
Non-Canadians in the top 10 are Fetty Wap’s “679” at 5th, R. City’s “Locked Away” (featuring Voice Judge Adam Levine) is 6th, Silento’s No. 3-peaking “Watch Me” is 7th, Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” is 8th (that song has been chasing Bieber’s WDYM up the pop chart playing Alydar to Bieber’s WDYM’s Affirmed) is 8th and Selena Gomez’s “Good for You” (featuring A$AP Rocky is 8th).
One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” returns to the top 20 at 20th.
This week marks the 13th anniversary of the first Idol Hot 100 chart topper – Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This”. She has gone on to top the chart twice more with “My Life Would Suck Without You” in 2009 and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” in 2012.
Streaming subscriptions are giving investors pause. People like free music. With the labels demanding more revenue and gated access to songs combined with stagnating subscription rates, what does that mean for the streaming biz?