Canada’s love affair with The Tragically Hip continued this week as all 17 albums from the band’s illustrious career landed spots on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart this week.
The band’s work has perhaps unsurprisingly leapt back into the limelight following the much publicized Man Machine Poem Tour, the band’s final series of shows following lead singer Gordon Downie’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis.
From their 1987 debut EP to their most recent release, the entire discography landed back in the Billboard charts, which are compiled from album sales, digital song sales and audio on-demand streams.
Yer Favourites, the band’s two-disc 2005 compilation album featuring tracks selected by fans, scooped the number 1 spot, edging out Frank Ocean’s smash hit Blonde and last week’s chart topping soundtrack to the Suicide Squad movie. It was just one of four albums featuring in the top 10 including Man Machine Poem (6), Fully Completely (8), and Up Top Here (9).
Sales of the band’s catalogue have gone up a staggering 157% from the previous week’s charts, while digital song sales are up 342%, and streams are up 185%, no doubt in response to the emotional farewell which was watched by more than a third of Canadians last weekend.