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Billboard Hot 100 Airplay in Canada, Year-End 2014

radioBelow is a list of the Top 25 tunes that received the most radio airplay in Canada through the year 2014. The data was compiled from 136 CHR/Top 40, AC, hot AC, country, and rock radio stations, which were electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Nielsen BDS. This chart, along with Billboard Hot Digital Songs is used to compile the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The main difference between the Hot 100 Airplay and All-Format Airplay charts is that the former is weighted according to radio station listenership. If a station has more listeners, its spins of songs receive a higher weighting. The differences in these two charts are usually only slight. Entries from Canadian artists below are bolded in red. “Rude” by MAGIC! is #1, the most spun song on Canadian radio through the year.

1. Rude, MAGIC!
2. Counting Stars, OneRepublic
3. Happy, Pharrell Williams
4. All of Me, John Legend
5. Crazy For You, Hedley
6. Team, Lorde
7. Pompeii, Bastille
8. Dark Horse, Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
9. Am I Wrong, Nico & Vinz
10. Stay With Me, Sam Smith
11. Demons, Imagine Dragons
12. Timber, Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
13. Wake Me Up, Avicii
14. Best Day of My Life, American Authors
15. Goodbye, Glenn Morrison ft. Islove
16. Summer, Calvin Harris
17. Not a Bad Thing, Justin Timberlake
18. Maps, Maroon 5
19. Sing, Ed Sheeran
20. Hold On, We’re Going Home, Drake ft. Majid Jordan
21. The Monster, Eminem ft. Rihanna
22. Burn, Ellie Goulding
23. Story of My Life, One Direction
24. Problem, Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
25. Birthday, Katy Perry


Billboard Hot Digital Songs in Canada, Year-End 2014

BBillboard Canadian Hot 100elow is a list of the Top 25 digital tunes purchased in Canada on the Billboard year-end chart for 2014. The chart was compiled from a comprehensive pool of digital retailers by Nielsen SoundScan. This data, along with the Hot 100 Airplay chart, was used to compile the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 for the year. “Happy” by Virginia, USA’s Pharrell Williams was #1. The lone Canadian entry was “Rude” by MAGIC! at #14. It matches the position of the one CanCon entry last year (“Inner Ninja”). Canadians tend to support their own artists by buying their whole albums rather than simply the singles released accounting for the often desolate landscape on the SoundScan singles charts.

1. Happy, Pharrell Williams
2. Timber, Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
3. Say Something, A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera
4. All of Me, John Legend
5. Counting Stars, OneRepublic
6. Dark Horse, Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
7. All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor
8. Stay With Me, Sam Smith
9. Fancy, Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
10. Let Her Go, Passenger
11. The Monster, Eminem ft. Rihanna
12. Talk Dirty, Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz
13. Shake It Off, Taylor Swift
14. Rude, MAGIC!
15. Come With Me Now, Kongos
16. Hey Brother, Avicii
17. Turn Down For What, DJ Snake & Lil Jon
18. Summer, Calvin Harris
19. Problem, Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
20. Pompeii, Bastille
21. Team, Lorde
22. Demons, Imagine Dragons
23. Stolen Dance, Milky Chance
24. Wake Me Up, Avicii
25. Am I Wrong, Nico & Vinz


We’re Talkin’ Etiquette From the Outside In

12 Jacket (3mm Spine) [GDOB-30H3-007}Two Toronto musicians have formed a new electronic duo called Etiquette. Vocalist Julie Fader has done previous work with Blue Rodeo and Great Lake Swimmers. She has also released solo work. Graham Walsh co-wrote three tracks on LIGHTS’ gold-certified Siberia album. He has also produced for Hannah Georgas. Etiquette’s debut single is “Outside In” which differs a bit in style from much of the other electronica released this year. With subdued tones, droning synthetic percussion, pitch bending bass, nocturnal keys, plucky guitar, and beautiful female vocals, we have a winner. Etiquette plans on releasing full-length album Reminiscence in late February. “Outside In” comes with a choice music video (see below).  iTunes

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Posted by on December 21, 2014 in 2014 Songs, Songs


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Autumn 2014 Canadian Music Roundup – CMB Picks

From the autumn equinox to winter solstice, 175 Canadian LPs came to our attention. We listened to all 175 albums and have chosen our 10 favourites regardless of genre, language, relative popularity, gender or origin of the artist. These 10 picks, in alphabetical order by title, are featured in the image below. Chances are you will like at least a couple of these. If not, we can easily give you ten more greats.

 Autumn 2014 Canadian Albums copy

So far in 2014, we have previewed a total of 657 Canadian LPs. We have featured 470 of them on the site. Formal write-ups have been done on 191 of them, and 62 have been marked as contenders for our year-end favourite albums list which will be unveiled December 30.

Related Links:

Winter 2014 Canadian Music Roundup
Spring 2014 Canadian Music Roundup
Summer 2014 Canadian Music Roundup

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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in Special Features


Billboard Top Emerging Canadian Artists of 2014

MAGICArtists are considered emerging until 12 months after the date their first Canadian Hot 100 charting entry reaches the top 40. Some of the artists below scored their first Top 40 hit back in 2011, well over 12 months ago, so Nielsen must have some other rules at play. To qualify for the emerging artists chart, the artist must be Canadian and the title must qualify as CanCon according to definitions by the CRTC. Below is a list of the Billboard Top 30 Emerging Canadian Artists by title for 2014 determined by the single’s performance on the Canadian Hot 100. Congratulations to MAGIC!, the top Emerging Canadian Artist of 2014 for single “Rude”.

1. Rude, MAGIC!andee3
2. Goodbye, Glenn Morrison ft. Islove
3. Hideaway, Kiesza
4. We Are Stars, Virginia To Vegas ft. Alyssa Reid
5. Jealous, Chromeo
6. Life of the Party, Shawn Mendes
7. This Is What It Feels Like, ft. Trevor Guthrie
8. Seeya, deadmau5
9. Don’t Kill the Magic, MAGIC!
10. Wonder, Adventure Club
11. Red Hands, Walk Off the Earth
12. Never Gone, Andee
13. Till the Sun Burns Out, Sebell
14. Tippin’ Point, Dallas Smith
15. Wanderlust, The Weeknd
16. Cheap Wine and Cigarettes, Jess MoskalukeJess Moskaluke1
17. More Than Friends, Victoria Duffield
18. Let Your Hair Down, MAGIC!
19. Shake, Walk Off the Earth
20. 3, 2, 1, Brett Kissel
21. Million Ways, Shawn Hook
22. Satisfaction Guaranteed, Alyssa Reid
23. Got a Feeling, Tim Hicks
24. Lost You, Zeds Dead
25. Catch, Allie X
26. Slow Rollin’, Dallas Smith
27. Here Comes the Thunder, Tim Hicks
28. Gang of Rhythm, Walk Off the Earth
29. A Girl Like You, Dallas Smith
30. Yin Yang, USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)

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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in 2014 in Music, Year in Review


Why Does Santa Never Bring David Myles a Banjo?

David Myles - Santa Never Brings Me a BanjoWe have sent a team of top investigators to the North Pole to find out why it is that Santa never brings David Myles a banjo. Meanwhile the New Brunswick singer responsible for quadruple platinum single “Inner Ninja” with rapper Classified has released a nifty cartoon MV on the subject, one of three original songs from his recent holiday album, It’s Christmas. The ghost of Christmas past takes us to a time when David’s brother and sister received everything they asked for, and David was left sorely disappointed. Watch the cute video below. A portion of proceeds from the album goes to Canadian food banks.  iTunes

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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in 2014 Songs, Songs


Gold/Platinum Certifications October – December 2014

Certifications from 2014 - 10 - 25

For both albums and digital singles released from May 1, 2008 onwards, definitions are: Gold = 40,000 units sold, Platinum = 80,000 units sold, Double Platinum = 160,000 units, Triple Platinum = 240,000 units, etc. Diamond = 800,000 units sold, i.e. 10x Platinum.

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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Certifications


JUNO Trivia: Test Your Knowledge

JUNO Awards 2015 copy

It looks like JUNO nominations will be announced January 27 with an accompanying press conference. Tickets for the event are on sale now. Test your JUNO knowledge with 10 trivia questions below. The letters of the right answers “circled” will spell out a secret message. To help you, check out the JUNO Awards database here. You can also find some helpful information here.

1. The artist with the most JUNO awards is…

G. Anne Murray
H. Bryan Adams
I. Celine Dion
J. Downchild

2. The only provinces to never host a JUNO main gala are…

E. Quebec, New Brunswick, and PEI
F. Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and PEI
G. Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia
H. Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland & Labrador

3. The following celebrities have hosted JUNO Awards main galas…

R. Paul Anka, Pamela Anderson, and Mike Myers
S. Andrea Martin, Martin Short, and Ricky Martin
T. Roch Voisine, Alanis Morissette, and Nelly Furtado
U. Rachel McAdams, Russell Peters, and William Shatner

4. The following artist has been nominated but not yet won a JUNO Award

Q. The Cranberries
R. Broken Social Scene
S. Daniel Bélanger
T. Kristina Maria

5. The following artist has never been nominated for a JUNO Award

H. Raghav
I. Alexz Johnson
J. Lillix
K. Skye Sweetnam

6. 2015’s JUNO Awards will be held in…

A. Victoria
B. Montréal
C. Hamilton
D. Yellowknife

7. The first round of performers announced for the 2015 JUNOs are…

J. Chromeo, Down With Webster, Marie-Mai, and Mia Martina
K. Hedley, Kiesza, MAGIC!, and Shawn Mendes
L. deadmau5, Jess Moskaluke, LIGHTS, and Marianas Trench
M. Alex Nevsky, The Road Hammers, Tegan & Sara, and Trevor Guthrie

8. The year without a JUNO Awards was…

D. 1984
E. 1988
F. 1991
G. 2000

9. The last three Song of the Year JUNOs went to…

S. Michael Bublé, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Arcade Fire
T. The Sheepdogs, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Tegan and Sara
U. Michael Bublé, Tegan and Sara, and The Sheepdogs
V. Arcade Fire, Feist, and Nickelback

10. The last artist to win two Album of the Year JUNOs in a row is…

P. Michael Bublé
Q. Arcade Fire
R. Céline Dion
S. Bryan Adams

Secret Message:

___  ___  ___      ___  ___  ___  ___  ___  ___  ___!

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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in 2015 Gala, JUNO Awards


Linda Chung’s “Sacrifice”

Linda Chung - SacrificeHong Kong based Canadian singer (and actress) Linda Chung released new single “Sacrifice” for a TVB drama. We are happy that it is available on iTunes Canada. TVB, launched in 1967, is one of the major television networks in the SAR. Linda’s vocals are just beautiful, and the Cantonese song is a fine neo-trad effort, combining classic acoustic Chinese instruments with modern sounds. We love the strong bass lines; beautiful song. The music video sees the Vancouver beauty pageant winner standing in a lovely, green bamboo forest. See below.  iTunes

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in 2014 Songs, Songs


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Canadian Hot 100, 17 December 2014

Canadian Hot 100 - 17 December 2014

The current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE


RK – CanCon rank
TW – This week’s chart position
LW – Last week’s chart position
RE – Re-entry
WC – Weeks on the chart
PP – Peak chart position
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
CE – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada
G – Gold certification (40,000 units sold)
P – Platinum certification (80,000 units sold)
xP – Multiplatinum certification
Red maple leaf – Canadian artist
Magenta maple leaf – Partly Canadian artist
Blue maple leaf – Featured Canadian artist
Top BDS Franco – Determined by Mediabase Canada Top 40, All Stations, Rolling, Currents

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in 2014 Charts, Canadian Hot 100


Wastin’ Gas MV by Dallas Smith

dallas smith - wastin gasCountry rock superstar Dallas Smith recently landed his 9th song on the Billboard Hot 100, “Wastin’ Gas” to lead us into his second solo album, Lifted. Dallas’ most successful single to date was the platinum certified “Tippin’ Point” which made the Top 40, peaking at #36, a rare feat for a country song. “Wastin’ Gas” almost did the same vaulting up to #41. Dallas has released a music video for the latter showcasing his fondness for vintage jalopies especially those covered with fallen leaves occupied by young couples who’ve fallen in love.  iTunes

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in 2014 Songs, Songs


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Roundup of the Stars: What Our Sweethearts Have Been Up To

Michael Buble Miss Piggy 1While LIGHTS, Ron Sexsmith, Neverest, Finger Eleven, Beverley Mahood, and Platinum Blonde were rocking out at Andy Kim’s annual Christmas fundraiser, Kiesza, Shawn Mendes, and MAGIC! were performing at Jingle Balls States-side. Michael Buble carried off his yearly holiday special with his dream guest star: Miss Piggy. Shawn Hook is gearing up for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Mississauga, The Weeknd in Miami, Chromeo in San Francisco, and Adventure Club in San Diego. Sally Folk is rehearsing her duet with Alex Nevsky for a mid-January TVA music special. But besides holiday concerts, here’s what else has been happening…

Carly Rae Jepsen Visits Her Old Stamping Grounds:

Carly Rae Jepsen Trees Organic Coffee VancouverWhen Carly Rae Jepsen released her global ripper, somehow we knew that her indie career was toast. There was a time when Carly could be found at Vancouver’s Trees Organic Coffee making cheese cake for them. Yes, that’s the reality of life for many Canadian indie musicians. Carly recently returned to say hello to the staff. She claims that the shop makes the best cheese cake in the city, perhaps the world. There are 5 shops through Metro Vancouver. Professional photographer Cameron Brown claims that Carly herself bakes pastries as delicious as the music she makes. She’s a multi-talented gal.

Victoria Duffield Gets Into Christmas Baking:

Carly’s not the only one who enjoys baking. Having recently recovered from vocal cord surgery, Victoria Duffield whipped up a batch of her favourite treat. We’re not sure what they’re called, but they look amazing:

Victoria Duffield Treats

Fred Pellerin Celebrates Gold:

Fred Pellerin GoldFred Pellerin’s recently released album, Plus tard qu’on pense, was very quickly certified gold. He comments on the phenomenon saying that to turn 12 songs into a gold record, it takes at least 40,000 alchemists. Too bad Fred’s a bit far from the west coast to celebrate with some cheese cake with Carly or sample Victoria Duffield’s oven-cooked delights. But we’re sure he has some treats available at a shop near him.

Mia Martina Breaks Out in Japan:

Mia Martina has been tailoring her second album for releases in various countries. We hope it comes out in Canada as soon as possible. It is now out in Russia and Japan, and her reworking of Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” has hit #2 on the iTunes Japan dance chart! We imagine it’s a big hit at the karaoke venues as well. Good for Mia!

MIa Martina no 2 in Japan iTunes Dance1

YTV Next Star Winner Jory Zechner Launches New Single:

Jory Zechner - Roll With ThisGetting into the spirit of cool, fashionable glasses, Jory Zechner has been working with top Canadian songwriter Rob Wells to release a single following her win of 2015’s YTV The Next Star. The song is called “Roll With This” and is currently rolling up the iTunes charts. You can grab a copy here.

LIGHTS Excited About Her Figurines:

LIGHTS dollsOn the market now are some sweet LIGHTS figurines. They come complete with a keyboard, cogwheel face mark, circular bandstand with logo, and are no doubt best enjoyed while listening to album Little Machines. LIGHTS assures us that the dolls won’t pull a chucky.

Elise Estrada Hits the Blogosphere:

Elise Estrada LollipopsElise Estrada has gotten into blogging. Her blog is called Confessions of a Pop Star. You can read about how she recently turned her home into a Christmas candyland, get some advice on beginning a singing career, makeup tips, recipes, and fashion ideas. Visit the site here.

Jesse Labelle Chills:

Jesse Labelle FloridaFinally, while all these stars have been working hard, Jesse Labelle has been … chilling in Florida? Jesse! Actually, old Jess has been busy touring and is just taking a break to soak in the sun for a bit.



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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in 2014 News, News


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Vito Luprano On Why He Chose to Manage Kristina Maria

Vito Luprano and Kristina Maria1Vito Luprano, former Senior VP of A&R for Sony Music, was a key figure behind Céline Dion’s rise to international superstardom. After deciding to take a break from the music business and concentrate on raising his family, he heard a voice that would bring him back into the game. That voice belonged to Ottawa’s Kristina Maria. After launching her first album, scoring three gold singles, charting six on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, and receiving a JUNO nomination, Kristina and manager Vito are working on her followup. In the process, they are looking into breaking out in the British market.

Because it contains the fascinating and often humorous story, we have embedded a recent interview with “Uncle” Vito (as we like to think of him because of his huge contribution to building the Canadian music industry). In it he talks about how he came out of semi-retirement to work with Kristina. We glean insights from him as well. Vito likes the concept of building a team who work well together to surround, foster, and raise up a singing star. Wonderful, very capable man.

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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Special Features


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Marc Dupré’s “Là dans ma tête” Tops iTunes Franco

Marc DupreGold artist Marc Dupré has released a music video for the title track off recently released Top 10 album Là dans ma tête. The song is number one on the iTunes Canada Franco chart. It’s a peppy, upbeat thumper with horns, claps, vigorous guitar strums, and handsome vocals that’ll have you slapping your knee and humming along. Marc’s career took off circa 2005 with a Celine Dion collaboration. He’s also known for his sense of humour and imitations; he has been featured in Just For Laughs. Five of his songs have made Billboard Canada’s Hot 100, and he has done production work for Star Academy.  iTunes

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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in 2014 Songs, Songs


Michael Bublé’s Christmas Hits Diamond

Michael Buble - ChristmasWe have just received word that Michael Bublé’s Christmas album, released in 2011, has been certified Diamond in Canada (i.e. 10x Platinum) for sales of 800,000 units. The last album to attain diamond sales in Canada was Adele’s 21. The last Canadian albums were Céline Dion’s These Are Special Times (released in 1998) and All the Way… A Decade of Song (released in 1999) both going diamond in 2007. The last Canadian album release to hit diamond was Avril Lavigne’s Let Go from 2002. Christmas is the first Canadian album to reach diamond sales since Music Canada redefined diamond status as 800,000 units from the previous 1 million units in May 2008. It is the 24th Canadian album in history to achieve the distinction, and Bublé is the 14th Canadian artist to attain diamond status. You can view a list of all diamond Canadian albums here.

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Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Certifications


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