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Shawn Mendes Launches Debut EP

Shawn-Mendes-EPToronto’s 15-year-old Shawn Mendes was recently signed to Island Records after posting cover videos online and winning Ryan Seacrest’s (American DJ) Best Cover Song competition. He launched his debut single, “Life of the Party,” which reached #1 on iTunes, hit #16 on Nielsen’s weekly digital songs chart, and #25 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, a very impressive feat. The song was also popular in the United States. The second step taken from Shawn and his team is the release of his first EP (self-titled). It contains four songs in all and is no doubt designed to give us a taste of the lad’s talent. He’s a great singer and the disc serves as a perfect introduction to one destined for a lustrous career. He already has nearly 1.5 million followers on Twitter.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in 2014 Albums, Albums

 

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Tariff 8 Has the Music Community Fuming

Kraft DinnerMusic streaming services involve websites where one can listen to music online. Many of them are free. These services vary in terms of how interactive they are. Those that are non-interactive are like radio stations where the user cannot control what songs are played. Others allow users to skip songs, pause playback, or customize by artist or genre. In some streaming services, one can listen to an entire album of choice for an unlimited number of plays; users can also create their own playlists. Many are against interactive services feeling that they prevent people from buying albums. Album sales are already dismal compared to the 1990s.

Re:Sound is a group that collects royalties on behalf of record companies. In order to collect royalties, Re:Sound files requests via tariffs to the Canadian Copyright Board that decides whether to accept, reject, or modify them. If accepted, Re:Sound can collect royalties and give them to the record companies who can in turn give portions to their artists.

In 2008, Re:Sound proposed rates for royalties to be collected from internet streaming services. Now, six years later, the Canadian Copyright Board made its final decision, which sets the rates at only 10% of those initially requested and 10% of estimated global rates. They are ridiculously low and have incensed the Canadian music industry. Re:Sound has launched a legal challenge against the Canadian Copyright Board’s decision.

Industry collective Music Canada, representing all major labels, has declared support for the legal challenge and has been firing off a number of tweets to expose the absurdity of the rates. The group says…

“Copyright Board #Tariff8 decision sends message that they do not value music as a profession. That’s inconsistent with Canadian values.”

“Under Tariff 8, Barenaked Ladies would need 9,216 plays of ‘If I Had $1,000,000′ to earn enough royalties to buy one box of Kraft Dinner.”

“New #Tariff8 webcasting rates mean you need more than 16,000 plays of your song to buy a medium sized coffee at @TimHortons.”

“A musician would need 11 MILLION plays of a song to earn the amount of cash the Copyright Board spent on postage last year.”

“Under #Tariff8, a musician would need almost 2 BILLION plays of a song to make the same money the Copyright Board spent on travel last year.”

“Copyright Board operating costs? $3.5 million. A musician would need 34 BILLION streams of a song to make that kind of money.”

“If your 4 min. song played non-stop for the next 258,600 years, you’d make enough cash to fund the Copyright Board for 1 yr.”

The music community has started up a Facebook page, I Stand For Music, to serve as a forum for those against Tariff 8. On Twitter, the official hashtag is #IStand4Music. So far, 78 music industry labels and associations have joined including Music BC, Alberta Music, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, Music Ontario, ADISQ (Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque), the East Coast Music Association, the Canadian Country Music Association, 604 Records, Maple Music Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment Canada, True North Records, Universal Music Canada, and Warner Music Canada.

Singer Joel Plaskett says, “These new rates for digital streaming under Tariff 8 are ridiculous. Apparently songwriting is now volunteer work.”

Singer Alyssa Reid points out, “A Canadian artist would need 12,647 plays to be able to purchase their own song on iTunes.”

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in 2014 News, News

 

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Pop Star Dream Realized by London’s Autumn

Autumn Keep Holding On13 year-old Autumn of London, ON, diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder, had a dream of being a pop star. Her dream was realized with the help of Make-A-Wish®, an organization whose stated mission is “to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy”. Autumn was signed by Sony Music and recorded a cover of Avril Lavigne’s “Keep Holding On”. She was given the full pop star treatment complete with a limo ride, photo shoot, magazine covers, and a classy party in Toronto for the launch of her single. In attendance were friends and family, the paparazzi, and a surprise video message from Avril Lavigne herself. Autumn was also presented with a platinum award plaque for her single. Watch the music video below.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in 2014 News, News

 

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ATF Songs: Left Behind All of My Foolish Ways

HeadphonesGrowing up in NE Calgary, these twin sisters began a recording career in 1999. The first indication that they were a hit was a JUNO nomination in 2006, and from there things blossomed. Their albums went gold and top DJs Tiesto, Morgan Page, and David Guetta featured them in singles which charted. They were set to take the world (or at least the nation) by storm. Slickly produced with excellent songwriting, album Heartthrob hit #2 and #3 on the Canadian and US albums charts respectively. Lead single “Closer” catapulted the duo to platinum status. It was so good that Peter Mansbridge and his team at CBC Television’s flagship nightly newscast, The National, did a feature on the work. Three JUNO awards followed.

The album’s second single was a serene, breezy Top 20 hit and gold single that sizzles and swaggers its way back to a retro 80s new wave vibe. It opens with piano, provides a solid backbeat, is delivered with the sweetest of vocals, and burns into the grooviest of choruses in natural stereo sound from the twins. The Canadian Music Blog hereby inducts Tegan and Sara’s “I Was a Fool” into its all-time favourite songs list.

Lyrics:

Do you remember I searched you out
How I climbed your city’s walls?
Do you remember me as devout
How I prayed for your calls?

I stood still is what I did
Love like ours is never fixed

I stuck around
I did behave
I saved you every time
I was a fool for love
I was a fool for love
I was a fool [x2]

Then you blamed me and blocked me out
How long did you think I’d last?
Then you disappeared for weeks to pout
How many times could I pack?

But stand still is all I did
Love like ours is never fixed

Still I stuck around
I did behave
I saved you every time
I was a fool for love
I was a fool for love
I was a fool [x2]

If you’re worried that I might’ve changed
Left behind all of my foolish ways
You best be looking for somebody else
Without a foolish heart, a foolish heart

But stand still is all we did
Love like ours is never fixed

I stuck around
I did behave
I saved you every time
I was a fool for love
I was a fool for love
I was a fool [x5]

Tegan and Sara I Was a Fool

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in ATF Tunes, Songs

 

Canadian Hot 100, 23 July 2014

Top Canadian Entry by Chart - 2014-07-23

Billboard Canadian Hot 100 - 2014-07-23

A visual presentation of the current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE

NOTES:

Nielsen compiles weekly data on sales and radio airplay of singles and ranks them in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.

RK = Rank. OR = Provincial origin of the artist. PS = Position on the Canadian Hot 100. CG = Change from last week’s position. WC = Weeks on the chart. PP = Peak position. Foreign artist in grey. RE = Re-entry. Most impressive numbers in last columns appear in red.

Note: The date of the chart corresponds to the release of Nielsen Music’s Canadian Update newsletter which is normally 10 days less than on the online Billboard chart.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in 2014 Charts, Canadian Hot 100

 

Gord Bamford Stands Where a Farm Used to Be

Gord-Bamford“There’s a new Walmart just down the road across the street from Home Depot…” sings Aussie-born Canuck Gord Bamford in his new Hot 100 charting single, “Where a Farm Used to Be”. This is the opening track from his album Country Junkie which spawned the gold-certified, #1 country radio hit “When Your Lips Are So Close”. Gord has been nominated for a JUNO thrice and has attained platinum status thanks to his album Christmas in Canada. The new single deals with disappearing farm land due to urbanization, a theme which ran through much of Archibald Lampman’s poetry. The music video is interesting in that it features a vinyl record shop, an urban symbol that has itself disappeared due to digitization. The girl selling the vintage records has difficulty dealing with preppy urbanites chatting on their cell phones. She has to force a smile. In the end, though, the purse-flashers smarten up and pay a visit to the countryside. We can all relate to the concept of grief over the loss of something we liked that is no longer there.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in 2014 Songs, Songs

 

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ATF Tunes: The Summer of 1987 Was Our Symphony

HeadphonesAs far as year-end lists go, this bilingual song was named by Sirius FM as 2013’s 7th best song. Voir put it at #2! Montréal indie band Le Couleur delivers a sophisticated, kaleidoscopic, danceable sound which makes us yearn to do cartwheels down the throbbing artery of Saint Catherine Street lined with nuclear-powered 1970s strobe lights. The song was produced by expert remixer French Fox and features French Horn Rebellion. Giroux-Do’s sultry vocals, punctuated candy-coated bass funk, ear-soothing synths, and unanticipated hooks will suck you into a vortex of ecstasy and fun.

The song gets the bongos sounding, the cymbals tinkling, the beat pounding, and most importantly the bass funking. It fires up the synths, begins tickling the guitars, pairs the American boy with a Canadian girl, and alternates between male Anglo and female Franco vocals. What could serve as a more addictive treat? We absolutely adore how the song’s grand finale provides that extra bass hook. We have inducted Le Couleur’s “Vacances de 87″ into the Canadian Music Blog’s all-time favourite songs list.

Lyrics:

Oh baby
“Do you like Hall and Oates” was the first thing she said to me
It’s crazy
After that there were words but they sounded like French to me
I was in love
Right from the start

The summer
Of 1987 was our symphony
Together
On a vacation of love
That made me see, made me see, made me see
An American boy
Canadian girl
Though they don’t speak the same together
You know that they can change the world
Oh we can change the world

Les vacances de 87
Ce souvenir lointain
J’avais pas du tout ça en tête
Pourquoi j’men souviens ?
Y’a cette lettre qui me dit comment
C’était pour mon bien
Et l’air un peu gamin
Me rappelant l’accent américain

Oh baby
The summer
Of 1987 was our symphony
An american boy
Canadian girl
Though they don’t speak the same together
You know that we can change the world
We can change the world

Les vacances de 87
Ce souvenir lointain
J’avais pas du tout ça en tête
Pourquoi j’men souviens ?
Y’a cette lettre qui me dit comment
C’était pour mon bien
Alors il pris mon bras
Me chuchote à l’oreille
“Allez, suis-moi”

Oh baby
“Do you like Hall and Oates” was the first thing she said to me
It’s crazy
After that there were words but they sounded like french to me
I was in love
Right from the start

Les vacances de 87
Ce souvenir lointain
J’avais pas du tout ça en tête
Te voilà enfin
Y’a cette lettre qui me dit comment
C’était pour mon bien
Et l’air un peu gamin
Me rappelant l’accent américain

À la plage tout près de Sunset
Naïve et parfaite
Là où ton bronzage reflète
L’allure de starlette
Sans savoir où ça nous mènerait
Ce flirt à l’essai
Alors il pris mon bras
Me chuchote à l’oreille
“Allez, suis-moi”

Le Couleur - Vacances de 87

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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in ATF Tunes, Songs

 

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