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

 

NOVEMBER 25, 2020

LW TW ARTIST TITLE
5 1 SAM COFFEY & THE IRON LUNGS Back With The Gang
--- 2 GLASS ANIMALS Heat Waves
--- 3 BAKAR 1st Time
8 4 NEON DREAMS House Party
7 5 ARKELLS Pub Crawl
--- 6 SYSTEM OF A DOWN Protect The Land
--- 7 JUST JOHN A Thousand Corpses
4 8 SHAED No Other Way
--- 9 LEFT FIELD MESSIAH Fuzz Machine
--- 10 BLEACHERS Chinatown f/Bruce Springsteen

HISTORIC CHARTS

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

LW TW ARTIST TITLE
2 1 ROYAL & THE SERPENT Overwhelmed
1 2 LP The One That You Love
7 3 THE OBGMS All My Friends
3 4 SHAED No Other Way
--- 5 SAM COFFEY & THE IRON LUNGS Back With The Gang
6 6 JADE BIRD Headstart
--- 7 ARKELLS Pub Crawl
--- 8 NEON DREAMS House Party
--- 9 HAWKSLEY WORKMAN Tahiti Treat
--- 10 PARTNER Honey

NOVEMBER 11, 2020

LW TW ARTIST TITLE
5 1 LP The One That You Love
3 2 ROYAL & THE SERPENT Overwhelmed
9 3 SHAED No Other Way
--- 4 BAKAR 1st Time
--- 5 CHASTITY Drain The Bloodbath
--- 6 JADE BIRD Headstart
--- 7 THE OBGMS All My Friends
--- 8 GORILLAZ The Valley Of The Pagans
--- 9 FOO FIGHTERS Shame Shame
--- 10 JESSE MAC CORMACK Let It Go

NOVEMBER 4, 2020

LW TW ARTIST TITLE
3 1 CLAIRO Sofia
--- 2 BASTILLE survivin'
--- 3 ROYAL & THE SERPENT Overwhelmed
9 4 THE ZOLAS I Feel The Transition
6 5 LP The One That You Love
--- 6 TENACIOUS D Time Warp
1 7 JESSE ROPER Right Now
--- 8 RITT MOMNEY Put Your Records On
--- 9 SHAED No Other Way
--- 10 JULY TALK The News

OCTOBER 28, 2020

LW TW ARTIST TITLE
--- 1 JESSE ROPER Right Now
--- 2 FLEET FOXES Can I Believe You
--- 3 CLAIRO Sofia
1 4 CHARLOTTE CARDIN Passive Aggressive
10 5 PORTUGAL. THE MAN f/ WEIRD AL YANKOVIC Who's Gonna Stop Me Now
--- 6 LP The One That You Love
--- 7 ALLAN RAYMAN & JAMES VINCENT McMORROW Pretty Bug
7 8 SIR SLY Material Boy
4 9 THE ZOLAS I Feel The Transition
2 10 MY MORNING JACKET Feel You
"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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