Tragically Hip takes over Canadian Billboard with all 17 of their albums charting



Two weeks ago, Canada’s Tragically Hip played their last show. Some 11.7 million viewers tuned in on CBC and CBC Music to watch it.

“Thank you, people, for keeping me pushing and keeping me pushing,” said lead singer Gord Downie before walking off the stage for what very well could be his last show ever. In December, Downie announced he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

While the band never came out and said this would be its last tour, the writing’s on the wall. And the band and fans could feel it in the air on the night of their last show.

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Now, in the wake of the Hip’s last concert, music fans throughout Canada have been buying and streaming Hip tracks and albums in record numbers – so much so in fact that now every single one of the band’s 17 albums have a slot on the Canadian Billboard.

Beginning with the Hip’s debut EP to its latest album, Man Machine Poem, each album has placed on the Canadian Albums chart, including 2005’s Yer Favourites, which is currently at number 1, beating out R&B star Frank Ocean’s newest album, Blonde. Last week, Yer Favourites charted at number 2, and according to CBC News, “saw its total consumption rise 238 per cent.”

Rounding out the top 10 are Man Machine Poem (number 6), 1992’s Fully Completely (number 8) and 1989’s Up To Here ( number 9). Even live concert recordings charted. (via CBC Music)

Downie left the stage with a smile. No matter where we go from here, that’s how we’ll remember him. “It would be hard for me now, at this age and stage, to leave a song without a glimmer of hope… I always like to have a glimmer of hopefulness, even in collapse,” he said in 2009.

Photo credit: By Sarah Naegels from Ottawa, Canada (Flickr.com – image description page) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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