For more than a decade the US music industry has been able to consult a weekly "Alternative Specialty" chart to determine what new records are making a splash in the marketplace. Until 2020 no such chart existed in Canada. Breaking Alt caters to the Alternative radio and music communities with up to the minute details on what's new and hot at Alternative.

CURRENT CHART

 

JANUARY 13, 2020

LW TW ARTIST TITLE
--- 1 KATHLEEN EDWARDS Hard On Everyone
--- 2 MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD I Love That Sound
2 3 RUN THE JEWELS The Ground Below
--- 4 FAKE SHARK Your Woman
--- 5 MONOWHALES Out With The Old
--- 6 HEADSTONES Caught In A Loop
--- 7 EDDIE VEDDER Growin' Up

HISTORIC CHARTS

 

JANUARY 6, 2020

 
LW TW ARTIST TITLE
5 1 REMI WOLF Hello Hello Hello
4 2 RUN THE JEWELS The Ground Below
--- 3 FOO FIGHTERS No Son Of Mine
7 4 FOSTER THE PEOPLE The Things We Do
8 5 ONR Must Stop f/ Sarah Barthel

DECEMBER 30, 2020

LW TW ARTIST TITLE
--- 1 BAIO What Do You Say When I'm Not Here?
3 2 SHAED No Other Way
--- 3 THE KNOCKS All About You f/ Foster The People
9 4 RUN THE JEWELS The Ground Below
--- 5 REMI WOLF Hello Hello Hello
--- 6 K.FLAY Brain Stew
--- 7 FOSTER THE PEOPLE The Things We Do
--- 8 ONR Must Stop f/ Sarah Barthel

DECEMBER 23, 2020

LW TW ARTIST TITLE
--- 1 DAN MANGAN Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
--- 2 FOUSHEE Deep End
--- 3 SHAED No Other Way
3 4 LEFT FIELD MESSIAH Fuzz Machine
--- 5 PARTNER Honey
--- 6 FOO FIGHTERS Run Rudolph Run
--- 7 JJ SHIPLETT Waiting On The Rain
--- 8 TWENTY ONE PILOTS Christmas Saves The Year
6 9 RUN THE JEWELS The Ground Below
--- 10 OFFSPRING Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

DECEMBER 16, 2020

LW TW ARTIST TITLE
8 1 ARKELLS Pub Crawl
--- 2 SAM ROBERTS BAND Take Me Away
7 3 LEFT FIELD MESSIAH Fuzz Machine
5 4 THE KNOCKS All About You f/ Foster The People
9 5 TOKYO POLICE CLUB Hundred Dollar Day
--- 6 RUN THE JEWELS The Ground Below
3 7 KENNYHOOPLA Estella f/ Travis Barker
--- 8 LOONY be cool
--- 9 MISE EN SCENE Dollar Dreams
10 10 LIAM GALLAGHER All You're Dreaming Of
"Finally a weekly chart that represents new music that Canadian programmers & tastemakers are showcasing across the country. This should be a great resource in helping each other keep updated, spotting trends and breaking down the walls of our format."

— Mike Religa
“The future of Canadian radio will be built on emerging and independent artists, and it’s long overdue that these amazing acts have their own chart! Much like with our current countdown show, I plan to integrate these charts into our Specialty Show ‘Xposure’ as well.”

— Matt Berry
Finally a chart to help highlight the hidden gems that deserve more attention. Anything that helps to level the playing field is both good for music and good for indies.

— Justin West
“Many listeners’ love of music is rooted in discovery. And nothing excites a music lover more than discovering a hidden gem. As both a music lover and a music programmer, it’s frustrating that many gems can be damn near impossible to expose to a larger audience if they aren’t already making waves on the traditional charts. “Playing it safe” can make a radio station’s role as music curator obsolete.”

— Bryan Capistrano
Having broken The Glorious Sons and JJ Wilde over the last 6 years, we are always looking for ways to help tell our artists' stories in a way that is cohesive and compelling. The Breaking Alt chart gives us an opportunity to point towards new artists and songs in a tangible way. It is our hope that radio programmers and the industry at large will acknowledge the value of this metric as an indicator of what is buzzing and worth deeper consideration.

— Ian Stanger
"There’s just too much music out there for one person to curate on their own. The good news is that there are many, many people who want to do the heavy lifting when it comes to finding the next great artist/song/album. By crowdsourcing music boffins, we can get a clear look at what’s really bubbling under. And who doesn’t want to be among the first to learn about The Next Big Thing?"

— Alan Cross

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