How appropriate that on Canada Day yesterday, Canadians Justin Bieber (London/Stratford, Ontario) and Carly Rae Jepsen (from Mission, British Columbia) made their country proud with their double U.S. chart domination.
Bieber's Believe bounded in atop the Billboard 200 last week with the largest opening U.S. sales week this year (374,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," meanwhile, rang up a third frame atop the Billboard Hot 100.
The latest charts mark the first time that Canadian heritage has topped both tallies at the same time since May 5, 2007, when Belleville-born/Napanee, Ontario-raised Avril Lavigne's The Best Damn Thing debuted atop the Billboard 200 as her single "Girlfriend" rose 3-1 on the Hot 100.
As for the last time that two different artists led Billboard's signature U.S. lists simultaneously before Bieber and Jepsen?
The week of April 27, 1996, Celine Dion (of Charlemagne, Quebec) wrapped six weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with "Because You Loved Me." The same frame, Alanis Morissette (Ottawa, Ontario) spent her ninth of 12 total weeks atop the Billboard 200 with her U.S. breakthrough, Jagged Little Pill.
Thus, Jepsen and Bieber have combined for the first instance of two Canadian artists topping the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 concurrently since Dion and Morissette more than 16 years ago. (Bieber had just turned two at the time.)
Also interestingly, as Jepsen is a former contestant on "Canadian Idol" -- she placed third on the series' fifth (2007) season, behind winner Brian Melo and runner-up Jayden Bixby -- "Call Me Maybe" has matched an "American Idol" chart feat. As it spends a third week atop the Hot 100, the song has tied Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" as the longest-leading No. 1 by an "American" or "Canadian" "Idol."
With one more week at No. 1, a "Canadian Idol" graduate will have scored a longer-running Hot 100 No. 1 than any former contender on "American Idol."