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Canadian Singles Chart

The Canadian Singles Chart is compiled by the American-based music sales tracking company, Nielsen SoundScan. The chart is compiled every Wednesday, and is published by Jam! Canoe on Thursdays.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further research 4

History

Originally, when the chart was started on October 20, 1996, there were 200 positions (with the top 50 being published by Jam!).[2] However, because of the reduced singles market in Canada, only the top 10 positions now appear on the SoundScan chart (SoundScan has a policy that at least 10 copies have to be sold in order to make its singles chart).

Since the early 1990s, single sales in Canada have decreased dramatically, and most songs were not available as commercial singles. As a result, the chart rarely reflected the listening habits of Canadians. In perhaps the most notorious example, Elton John's charity single "Candle in the Wind '97"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" stayed in the top twenty for three years.[3] By 2004, sales in Canada declined even further, because of the growing popularity of digital downloading of music. As a result, Canadian sales are not as substantial as they had been before in the 1990s and early 2000s, and singles remained on the chart for even lengthier periods of time. In 2006, most Canadian number-one singles sold less than 200 copies.[4]

Billboard introduced their own singles chart for Canada, called the Canadian Hot 100, on June 7, 2007. It is based on digital download single sales data from Nielsen SoundScan and radio audience levels from Nielsen BDS.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Hits of the World: Canada (IFPI/Nielsen Marketing Research) 06/24/00".  
  2. ^ "Canadian Business Has Troubled '96 12/28/96".  
  3. ^ "Chart Beat 09/2/00".  
  4. ^ "Canadian Digital Chart Bows; Jaheim's Third Charms 03/04/06".  
  5. ^ "Billboard Launches Canadian Hot 100 Chart".  

Further research

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  • Lwin, Nanda (September 1999). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide – Music Data Canada. p. 384.  
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