Canadians Like The Weeknd, Drake Top Music Charts In 2015

It should come as no surprise that Canadian musicians ruled both the airwaves and the internet this year, with artists like The Weeknd, Drake, and Justin Bieber ruling the charts as well as streaming sites.

Not only did the three aforementioned artists take over the top 3 spots on the charts in September, but up-and-comers like Toronto’s Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara were also very present on the charts as well.

“Hey, it’s just our time,” says Toronto’s Director X, who helmed Drake’s “Hotline Bling” viral video, to The Canadian Press. “You’ve got all these kids out there making music and eventually something is going to bubble up. There’s some real talent coming out of this place. This combination of different cultures all joining up in this country has brought something interesting.”

“I’m very proud of Canada,” said Carly Rae Jepsen in the same article, whose ’80s-inspired album Emotion peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard album sales charts and the single “I Really Like You” reached No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100. “I think that it’s an exciting time to see so many artists just killing it on the charts and just killing it in general with the quality of music that they’re making.”

The upswing of Canadian artists is expected to continue, with Bieber and The Weeknd embarking on world tours in 2016. Michael Buble is also expected to release a new album.