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New Solo Album by Félix Dyotte!

Félix_DyotteIn the Canadian music scene for 15 years, Félix Dyotte has both sensitive talent and seasoned experience. He made his debut in 1997 in the group The Undercovers who recorded an album with producer Gus Van Go and then transformed into 2-time JUNO winning group The Stills. In 2006, Felix formed Chinatown who released a couple of discs. The success of the group’s music enabled Dyotte to work with a number of high profile artists including Jean Leloup, Pierre Lapointe, and Valérie Carpentier. Under Coyote Records and with support from Malajube’s Francis Mineau, Philippe Brault, and new recording artist Kandle Osborne (daughter of 54-40’s Neil Osborne), Félix Dyotte has launched a self-titled solo album, and it is absolutely brilliant. The album very cleverly blends 60s baroque pop, orchestral flourishes, carnival pep, good bass grooves, and shimmering synth accents. This is a fine work of art.

Below, we have embedded the B&W MV for track “Avalanches” which has an acoustic intro and outro.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin and TumbiWOW

delhi2dublinFabulous Vancouver band Delhi 2 Dublin was founded by Tarun Nayar, Sanjay Seran, and Ravi Binning in 2006 when they successfully fused Bhangra beats (the Delhi) and Celtic fiddles (the Dublin). The group’s evolution has also mixed in other elements like electronic reggae dub. It’s a chemical reaction that results in super fun dance music. The band will be releasing a new album due out in August, but for now we can enjoy single “TumbiWOW”. We have embedded the MV below which features a game of ping pong. You can preorder the upcoming album through Pledge Music here. Single “TumbiWOW” is available on iTunes.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in 2015 Songs, Songs

 

2015 MMVA Nominations

2015 mmva nominations

The MuchMusic Video Award nominations have been announced, though through the years the monstrous spectacle has proven to be less about who wins the awards and more about exotic red carpet arrivals, dazzling performances, and glamorous celebrity presentations. And that’s probably the way it should be.

Up for Video of the Year are Arcade Fire who claim we exist, Grimes who just wants to go, Kiesza who has a beanstalk dangling from her chest, Majid Jordan who’s all about her, and The Weeknd for being there often.

Pop Video nods go towards The Weeknd because he earned it, Shawn Mendes because he is something big, Scott Helman because he’s glorified the bungalow, Lights because she’s still running, and Hedley because headlights can be heavenly.

EDM/Dance nominees are Zeds Dead for losing you, Torro Torro for his village of cash, Mia Martina for unlocking the beast, Kiesza for the friendly giant in her heart, and Greadtheft for keeping keys and crates at 100.

Rock is lumped in with Alternative and as such we have the edge of a Nickelback, talk about a dress in July, Death From Above 1979 being virgins, a leather jacket worn by Arkells, and, yes, a fire in the arcade still exists.

Up for best director are Sam Pilling who often does weekends, Common Good who turned down Joaquin Phoenix for Majid Jordan’s Her, the Bouchers for going with Grimes, Ohji Inoue for aiding and abetting in Grandtheft, and David Wilson for firing up the arcade.

Most buzzworthy Canadian nominations go to The Biebs, Drake, Kiesza, Mendes, and The Weeknd.

For a full list of nominees, check them out here.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Domestic Awards, Miscellaneous Awards

 

Canadian Hot 100, 20 May 2015

On the Billboard albums chart this week is the year’s fifth number one Canadian album, La Voix III. Patrick Watson’s Love Songs For Robots is in at #3 and Leonard Cohen’s live album Can’t Forget at #8. Three new tracks enter the Hot 100 this week. Walk Off the Earth’s collaboration with Steve Aoki “Home We’ll Go” makes #62. The Voice winner Kevin Bazinet debuts at #76 with “Jusqu’ou tu m’aimes”. Metric’s latest “The Shade” is in at #92. New to the Top 40 is Walk Off the Earth’s “Rule the World”

Canadian Hot 100 - 20 May 2015 copy

The current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE

HOT 100 KEY

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

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in 2015 Charts, Canadian Hot 100

 

Selected New Releases 19 May 2015

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For this week, we’re keeping things simple with a list of new releases you can all check out below.

LPs:
I Am Alive in Everything I Touch by Burlington, ON punk band Silverstein  iTunes
Un nouveau jour by Rouyn-Noranda, QC singer-songwriter Jacques Michel  iTunes
Quand on s’aime by Montreal vocal jazz specialist Térez Montcalm  iTunes
Résilient by Montreal rap duo Taktika  iTunes

EPs:
Chapters by Montreal electro rap rock trio Ragers  iTunes
Meta Animal by Vancouver garage rock duo The Pack A.D.  iTunes
Munroe, debut album by Hamilton alternative artist (Kathleen) Munroe  iTunes
Strip by Montreal alternative trio Dear Criminals  iTunes
Suplex by JUNO winning powwow-step group A Tribe Called Red  iTunes

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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Charlene Choi

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Born: 1982, Vancouver
Debut: 2001
Genre: Pop

Carlene Choi is a Canadian pop superstar and actress currently based in Hong Kong. Affectionately known by nickname A-Sa, she was born in Vancouver in 1982. She performs music mostly in Cantonese but has also recorded songs in English and Mandarin. Charlene began her career as a model and was later offered a recording contract by Emperor Entertainment Group to form the pop duo Twins with Hong Kong’s Gillian Chung. The warm, magical sound of the group enjoyed a sudden breakout success with debut 2001 EP reaching platinum sales within the first week of release. Popularity spread internationally, most notably throughout greater China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Australia, Canada, and the United States. Within the its first two years, the duo received 72 awards. In 2007, after several albums, Twins embarked on its first North American tour. The following year, Gillian Chung was discovered to be one of the female celebrities involved in the Edison Chen scandal making the future of the duo uncertain. (Twins recorded a new acclaimed album in 2012). Though she had released solo material previously, Charlene began a more formal career as a soloist releasing full-length albums starting in 2009.

Choi’s first solo single “Make a Wish” in 2008 had proceeds directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Both it and “Little Sister” hit #1 on the HK charts. She collaborated with Singapore’s JJ Lin on “Little Dimples”. Her debut solo album (platinum, HK) came out in 2009, Lonely Me. Platinum EP Another Me followed the same year. In 2010, Charlene launched Mandarin album As A Sa and the Cantonese EP Beauty Remains. Three albums followed at the rate of one per year: Sweetest Day (2011), Montage (2012), and Blooming (2013).

Solo Albums

2009: Lonely Me

Charlene Choi - Lonely Me

2009: Another Me (EP)

Charlene Choi - Another Me

2010: As A Sa

Charlene Choi - As A Sa

2010: Beauty Remains (EP)

Charlene Choi - beauty remains

2011: Sweetest Day

charlene choi sweetest day

2012: Montage

charlene choi montage

2013: Blooming

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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Artists, Superstars

 

Selected New Releases 12 May 2015 – Batch 4

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LA VOIX III BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
Season 3 of The Voice finished with Kevin Bazinet in team Marc Dupré as the victor. On this compilation of both covers and originals, he is joined by his three fellow finalists Angelike Falbo (team Isabelle Boulay), Rosa Laricchiuta (team Éric Lapointe), and Mathieu Holubowski (team Pierre Lapointe). A few other contestants appear as well: Céleste Lévis, Johanne Lefebvre, Simon Morin, and Sylvie Desgroseilliers (team Éric), David Fleury (team Pierre), and Karine Ste-Marie (team Marc). As well, the four coaches voice their exquisite cover of Claude Dubois’ timeless classic “Le blues du businessman”.  iTunes

WEST TRAINZ BY ERIK WEST MILLETTE
When it comes to scoring music for film and theatre, Erik West Millette is the man. He has worked on over 50 albums and collaborated on projects with a number of A-Listers, including Richard Séguin and Nanette Workman. Having been fascinated since childhood by trains, he completes his magnum opus, a 2-disc dedication to all things choo-choo. Spiked into the music are samples from train stations, train whistles, and more. He and his group will be performing some of the … tracks … at the International Jazz Festival in Montreal. iTunes

PIVOTAL BY KAYD (EP)
Quite possibly the best EP of the year to date, Pivotal is the stellar debut from Niagara Falls rookie rocker Kayd. Well-constructed songs abound with a presentation that continues the legacy of the genre ignited by the Headpins and Toronto. Kayd is a treasure beneath the waves waiting to be discovered by the masses. She cites Janis Joplin, Paramore, and Chantal Kreviazuk as influences. Don’t miss out on this ripper of an EP!  iTunes

SLUDGE POP BY ULTRAPTERODACTYLE (EP)
This is a post garage punk trio from Montreal holding a fondness for loud guitars and dinosaurs. The group began in 2008 bonding over Seinfeld and Twin Peaks. Those who like a raw sound augmented by some hooks and surprises will enjoy this fun sludge-pop effort.  iTunes
 

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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A Searchlight Orange

The CBC has announced the winner of the 2015 Searchlight competition to find Canada’s best new artist. Of 3,333 entrants whittled down by voting and tastes of the three judges, it is a trio from Sherbrooke who will receive $20,000 of equipment from Yamaha. Orange O’clock formed in 2010 with players Mickael Fortin (vocals, piano, synth bass), Anthony Simoneau Dubuc (guitar), and Raphael Fortin (drums). The group released an LP last year called Crazy Carnival. The winning song is below.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2015 in 2015 News, News

 

Selected New Releases 12 May 2015 – Batch 3

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DEVIL ON BOTH SHOULDERS BY ROMI MAYES
Winnipeg JUNO nominee Romi Mayes does roots rock like no other and is up to album number six with this stunning work. Devil on Both Shoulders has both a bite and a charm that will have your ears wobbling with sultry delight. Romi has a great voice and is backed by some awesome players. Don’t miss out on hearing this one!  iTunes

DREAM IT ALL AWAY BY LEEROY STAGGER
Another exquisite roots work, with more of a crispy, rural style, is Dream It All Away by British Columbia’s Leeroy Stagger. The writing is impressive and well-penned lyrics flow with clarity. Let’s hope the catchiness catches some JUNO love next year. Leeroy deserves some recognition for his remarkable talent.  iTunes

THE KING IS GONE BY BIG TOBACCO & THE PICKERS
This Toronto group specializes in traditional country along the lines of Johnny Cash but also adds some occasional honkey tonk and other flavours. The King Is Gone follows 2010 self-titled debut and was produced by Moe Berg (The Pursuit Of Happiness). This one is lots of fun.  iTunes

VIEUX CAHIER TROUÉ BY SOUL & SISTER
Soul & Sister is the sibling duo of Montreal based Charles and Maude. Last year’s Sow Love was an Anglo effort, and now the pair tackles the Franco realm with Vieux cahier troué. Charles and Maude prefer simple acoustic arrangements, and this is a case of there being beauty in the simplicity. The male-female vocal harmonies make things even better.  iTunes

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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Headlines for Mid May 2015

Chavril Does Vacay, Eh

Getting over her battle with Lyme disease and launching her super song “Fly” in support of the Special Olympics, Avril Lavigne and hubby Chad Kroeger took a much needed break to the warm, sunny climes of Florida. She shared the fun loving photo of the power couple below.

Chavril Miami

Kiesza’s Getting Stronger

Some of you may remember the 2004 motion picture Finding Neverland starring Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp. Beginning today, Finding Neverland the Broadway musical will be launching its run, and an official soundtrack is coming out on June 9. Contributing a song to that is our own Kiesza. Track “Stronger” is already available for download.

Shawn Hook No Longer a Rookie

It took a few songs but Shawn Hook is finally now an official Top 40 artist thanks to “Sound of Your Heart” reaching #33 on Billboard this week. The song is being featured in television series Rookie Blue, and Shawn will be releasing his sophomore album Analog Love on June 9. The album will include his previous hit “Million Ways”.

Walk Off the Steve

Walk Off the Earth’s “Home We Go” has received treatment from American electro house producer Steve Aoki. The collaborative version of the track included on the latter’s Neon Future II album is now a Top 10 single on iTunes!

Steven Tyler Idolizes Suzie McNeil

American Idol may not be Canadian, but a number of Canucks have been involved especially in terms of writing and contributing songs to the winners. Those who tuned in to the finale of the 14th season may have seen a familiar face, as Mississaugan super girl Suzie McNeil performed with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on the show.

Eva Avila Going from Dim Sum to Torch Bearing

Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila has been busy as of late performing at 6-star hotel lobbies in beautiful Hong Kong. She recently announced that she will be a torch bearer for the Pan Am Games. We’re hoping they don’t make her carry it all the way from Hong Kong back to the Americas!

AnJEMie

Anjulie has written theme song for Universal Pictures’ remake of Jem called “Young Blood”. The JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter says that Jem was a big influence behind the look of her “Brand New Chick” MV and is happy to be a part of the remake.

Gorgeous

Following up her new MV release for “Same Sea”, LIGHTS has announced a collaboration with EDM wizard Borgeous. Their track “Zero Gravity” is due out June 22.

MMVA Performers

MuchMusic has announced the first batch of performers at the 2015 MMVAs. It’s 100% ManCon with Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, and international artists Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo, and Ed Sheeran. The latter will be co-hosting as previously announced. More performers as well as presenters will be confirmed in the coming weeks leading up to the June 21 show.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in 2015 News, News

 

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LIGHTS Travels Through Time on the Same Sea

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From her JUNO Award winning album Little Machines, LIGHTS powers up her new MV for track “Same Sea” returning to her love for sci-fi. She warps into the year 5057, as The Observer, dressed in a suit with connected tubules reminding us of the replicant eye engineer from Blade Runner. In the year 2040, she hits the karaoke bar with her female pals. In the year 3030, LIGHTS is a cyborg with parts unknown, and has a number of cloned models. Finally, she settles for contemporary jazz dance class in 2011. The big question is: which version of LIGHTS do you like best? Watch the new music video below.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in 2014 Songs, Songs

 

Selected New Releases 12 May 2015 – Batch 2

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HEADLIGHTS BY THE RIVER AND THE ROAD
This is a folk-rock band from Vancouver. Members are: Andrew Phelan – vocals and guitar, Keenan Lawlor – vocals and banjo, John Hayes – bass, and Cole George – drums. Headlights was 3 years in the making and one can tell the band worked hard in crafting a batch of solid tunes. There is a lot of roots inflected music coming out of Canada, and this is one of the better works. iTunes

LOVE SONGS FOR ROBOTS BY PATRICK WATSON
Patrick is a songwriter from Montreal. He has been nominated twice at the JUNOs. More successful as an album artist, 3 discs have achieved gold certification to date. The way things are going, this has a chance of securing his fourth. It hit #1 on iTunes upon release. Love Songs for Robots contains sensitively sculpted songs in the alternative field. iTunes

LOYALTY BY THE WEATHER STATION
More roots music comes our way thanks to Toronto’s Tamara Lindeman recording here under project name The Weather Station. The presentation is done more in a laid back vein, fit for a peaceful locale. Tamara weaves in both folk and classical elements, as if Gillian Welch has collaborated with Loreena McKennitt, say. One thing is clear: the songs on Loyalty are stunning in their beauty. iTunes

POWER IN THE BLOOD BY BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
Simply a legend, one of our finest songwriters, whose roots lie in Saskatchewan’s Qu’Appelle Valley, is back in top shape. Buffy is a JUNO winner and Hall of Fame inductee and though known for writing big hits for others, is adept at recording her own. Power in the Blood is a fantastic album and in our opinion her best in decades. It harnesses a potpourri of style – roots, pop, rock, even a hint of EDM – recorded in Toronto with three producers including Jon Levine. iTunes

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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Canadian Hot 100, 13 May 2015

Debuting at #3 on the Billboard Albums Chart is Under One Sky by The Tenors. Renee Martel’s tribute album featuring various artists C’est Mon Histoire makes #9. On the Hot 100, there are a few highlights the first of which is that BC artist Shawn Hook has scored his very first official Top 40 single, “Sound of Your Heart” (#33). Calgary up and comer Jocelyn Alice makes the chart for the first time with “Jackpot” (#98). A number of gains have been made in the upper reaches of the chart. Francesco Yates betters his peak position to #37, MAGIC!’s “No Way No” to #26, and “Where Are U Now” featuring Justin Bieber enters the Top 40 (#39).

Canadian Hot 100 - 13 May 2015 (1)

The current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE

HOT 100 KEY

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

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in 2015 Charts, Canadian Hot 100

 

Selected New Releases 12 May 2015 – Batch 1

new releases 12 may 2015 - batch 1

BLACK BURNT CARS BY SLOW DOWN MOLASSES
The Saskatoon dreamy shoegaze quintet crafted its new album while sifting through photographs of Paris during May 1968, a period of civil unrest when students, artists, and philosophers clashed with police, tear gas streaked through the air, and cars were set afire. Black Burnt Cars captures the noisy and dismal spirit of such conflicts and societal struggles while allowing moments of humanity to shine through. iTunes

CAN’T FORGET BY LEONARD COHEN
The poet from Montreal has created quite a voluminous catalogue of songs since starting out in the 1960s. Always able to pen some amusing verse while bringing it to life through music, the 7-time JUNO winning, multiplatinum bard decides the time has come for another live album (his fourth). The songs were recorded in various locales including Quebec City, Dublin, Copenhagen, and Auckland. iTunes

GOOD HANGS BY YARDLETS
At the core of this Montreal collective are Sam Goldberg Jr. (Broken Social Scene / Kandle) and Jeff Edwards (Shot While Hunting). Shoegaze is one possible adjective to describe the sound, though more on the punk side when compared to Slow Down Molasses above. The writing is strong with catchiness embedded snugly in the gothic tunes. This would make for a good alternative soundtrack to The Silence of the Lambs. iTunes

GROUNDERS BY GROUNDERS
We are impressed with this charmer. Grounders is the self-titled debut work from the Toronto alternative quartet. The songs are atmospheric, bouncy, and flow with watery grace that holds one’s attention well. This is for those who like some good bass vibes and can imagine John Lennon and Mac Demarco as one garnished with a little new wave. iTunes

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums

 

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MAGIC! Wins 3 Canadian Radio Music Awards

MAGIC band

The annual Canadian Radio Music Awards honour first-time charting artists as well as those who achieve the highest number of radio spins. The 18th gala was held May 8, 2015, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and featured performances by Andee, Dear Rouge, Jess Moskaluke, Kiesza, MAGIC!, and Virginia to Vegas. While nominees are determined by data from Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), winners are chosen by votes cast by radio personnel. Radio listeners voted online for the Fans’ Choice Award. MAGIC! was the big winner with 3 awards. All nominees and winners (in bold) are listed below.

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: AC

ANDEE – NEVER GONE
CHROMEO – JEALOUS
KIESZA – HIDEAWAY
MAGIC! – RUDE
VIRGINIA TO VEGAS – WE ARE STARS

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: CHR

ADVENTURE CLUB – WONDER
CHROMEO – JEALOUS
KIESZA – HIDEAWAY
MAGIC! – RUDE
SHAWN MENDES – LIFE OF THE PARTY

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: ROCK

CURRENT SWELL – KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
DEAR ROUGE – I HEARD I HAD
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 – TRAINWRECK 1979
GAY NINETIES – LETTERMAN
WILDLIFE – LIGHTNING TENT

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: COUNTRY

JESS MOSKALUKE – CHEAP WINE & CIGARETTES
LINDSAY ELL – TRIPPIN’ ON US
MADELINE MERLO – SINKING LIKE A STONE
ROD BLACK – KEEPIN’ ON
TRISTAN HORNCASTLE – A LITTLE BIT OF ALRIGHT

SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR

CHROMEO – JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT)
DRAKE – HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME
GLENN MORRISON – GOODBYE
HEDLEY – CRAZY FOR YOU
MAGIC! – RUDE

FANS CHOICE

CHROMEO
GLENN MORRISON
HEDLEY
MAGIC!
SERENA RYDER

FACTOR BREAKTHROUGH AWARD

VIRGINIA TO VEGAS

SENNHEISER CHART TOPPER AWARD

HEDLEY

HEATSEEKER AWARD

FRANCESCO YATES

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Domestic Awards, Miscellaneous Awards

 
 
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