Tory Lanez hits No. 1. Pic: Keithan Samuels
Tory Lanez hits No. 1. Pic: Keithan Samuels

Tory Lanez, 1st Canadian Chart Toppper Since Gord Downie

Canadian rapper and mixtape star Tory Lanez (born Daystar Peterson) achieves his first Billboard Canadian Album chart-topper with his sophomore set for Interscope, entitled Memories Don’t Lie. 

The 18-track, 70+ minute song-set features appearances from Future, 50 Cent, Nav, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Mansa and Paloma Ford and generated 8,000 total consumption units and the second highest album sales and audio-on-demand stream total in the week. His debut release, I Told You, peaked at 5 in September 2016. Lanez is the first Canadian artist to top the chart since November 2017 when Gord Downie reached No. 1 with Introduce Yerself.

The Black Panther soundtrack falls to 2 even as it held the highest audio-on-demand stream total for the week, and Ed Sheeran’s Divide holds at 3 with the top album sales score in the timeframe. Migos’ Culture II remains at 4 and Post Malone’s Stoney edges 6-5–matching the album’s highest chart peak to date. The soundtrack for The Greatest Showman rebounds 13-8 with a 22% consumption increase, presumably predicated on its recent Oscar win.

Two other new releases enter in the top 50:  Toronto-based rapper Killy’s Surrender Your Soul debuts at 22 and American rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur Tech N9ne’s Planet lands at 38.

Drake’s “God’s Plan” remains at the top of the Streaming Songs chart while Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” returns to the top of the Digital Songs chart.

– All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional colour detail provided by Nielsen Music Canada Director Paul Tuch.

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