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Autumn Equinox 2018 News

Marie-Mai, Sarah McLachlan Joining The Launch Season 2

CTV has announced that there will be a Season 2 of The Launch, the make-a-hit-single reality show, the first season of which resulted in success for a number of artists most notably Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine and platinum-certified “Ain’t Easy”. Helping to shape that song was Ryan Tedder of US pop-rock band OneRepublic. He will return for Season 2. Joining him will be Canadian superstar Marie-Mai, arguably the most successful French language pop artist in the country, diamond recording artist Sarah McLachlan, and Max Kerman of Arkells. The show gets underway September 28 and will be hosted by television personality Liz Trinnear.

Adele’s 21 – Canadian Certified Double Diamond

Music Canada recently certified Adele’s blockbuster album 21 at double diamond status. It is the 12th album in history to reach the mark in Canada. Four Canadian artist albums have made the cut which is equivalent to 20x platinum – Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill and three albums from Shanian Twain, Come on Over, Up, and The Woman in Me. The other albums are Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Eagles’ Greatest Hits, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Led Zeppelin IV, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon.

Josh Groban Honours Canada

Gifted US singer Josh Groban has released new album Bridges, and in part it honours Canada. First off, Josh co-wrote a number of the album’s original tracks with Canadian songwriter Bernie Herms. He performs a duet with Sarah McLachlan on a cover of “Run” (Snow Patrol). And most impressive of all, he sings in French on a cover of Céline Dion‘s “S’il suffisait d’aimer”!

Investigators Uncover Fraud at Ticketmaster

Are you finding concert tickets exorbitantly priced? Scalpers are to blame while Ticketmaster is innocent? No. Undercover investigators have found fraud surrounding the activities of Ticketmaster, the world’s biggest ticket supplier. Hypocritically, in contrast to its own condemnation of ticket resales by profiteers and in direct violation of its own terms of use, investigators have discovered that Ticketmaster is endeavouring to share in the harvest reaped by scalpers.

Ticketmaster itself has a resale division, and it turns a blind eye to scalpers who use computer software, ticket-buying bots, and multiple fake identities to scoop up thousands of tickets and then resell them on the Ticketmaster site for marked up prices. What’s more, Ticketmaster earns a cut of those resold tickets meaning that it is engaging in double dipping. The CBC states scalpers can “upload large quantities of tickets purchased from Ticketmaster’s site and quickly list them again for resale. With the click of a button, scalpers can hike or drop prices on reams of tickets on Ticketmaster’s site based on their assessment of fan demand.”

Besides inflated resales, Ticketmaster also uses profiteering techniques, like holding back on selling tickets for sections of seats to mislead concert goers into thinking the tickets are selling quickly. In the same way that materialistic interests reinvent language to cloak wrongdoing (corporate greed becomes “remaining competitive”; nudism, “self-confidence”; drug dealer, “activist”, etc.), Ticketmaster refers to its profiteering schemes and scalping techniques as “dynamic pricing”.

Some journalists working for magazines and newspapers being paid by Live Nation/ Ticketmaster for advertising were quick to downplay the results of the investigations in order to protect the financial interests of their corporate executives

Canadian Women Making a Comeback

We leave you with some good news. Largely shafted by Canadian radio over the past couple of years, Canadian women, in all genres of music, are synchronizing forces to conquer the charts. Avril Lavigne‘s comeback single “Head Above Water” championed the iTunes Worldwide chart while making it to #2 in Canada. Moreover, led by Emily Haines, Metric topped iTunes Canada with new album Art of Doubt. The use of Alessia Cara in Canadian female tokenism has been broken at Canadian radio thanks to Delaney Jane and hit single “Bad Habits”. Also, “Better Off” voiced by Jamie Fine is doing … fine … as a followup to the aforementioned “Ain’t Easy”.

Lindsay Ell‘s scoring the first #1 hit by a homegrown female at country radio in a decade has flung the doors wide open for cowgirls, and the recent CCMA gala hosted by Shania Twain has helped fan the flames, a highlight being Jess Moskaluke winning the Album of the Year award. After a successful stint at acting, MacKenzie Porter is back in the studio preparing an EP.

Avril Lavigne’s “Head Above Water” Tops iTunes Worldwide Chart

“Head Above Water”, the new single from Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, has topped the iTunes Worldwide Chart with #1 placements in a number of countries. It currently sits at #2 on iTunes Canada. This is the diamond certified singer songwriter’s first single in three years, the last offering being “Fly” dedicated to the Special Olympics.

Having battled Lyme disease, Lavigne has not been able to release a new album since her self-titled disc in 2013. That album was certified gold and spawned four charting songs including platinum “Here’s to Never Growing Up” (#17) and radio supported “Let Me Go” featuring Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger (gold, #12).

“Head Above Water” follows along the course of piano driven power ballads like “Let Me Go” and “Fly” and lyrically focuses on her determination to survive the brutal effects of Lyme.

For those who were longing for an Avril Lavigne comeback, all we can say is … boy, what a comeback!

Avril Lavigne has won seven JUNO awards and sold an estimated 90 million records worldwide.  iTunes

September 18, 2018 Charts: Gord Bamford Tops Country

It’s time to get nostalgic again. Before we get to this week’s charts, we’re going back three full decades to September 18, 1988. What was hot at that time?

30 Years Ago: September 18, 1988

Television: Spinoff of The Cosby Show, A Different World, starring Lisa Bonet among others, received the highest Nielsen ratings the week prior but it was to be overtaken by viewing of the Summer Olympics this week.

Film: A Fish Called Wanda cleaned up at the box office. The British-American heist comedy film was directed by Charles Crichton and written by John Cleese. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin.

News: With autumn approaching, the Summer Olympics had just gotten underway in Seoul, South Korea. Calgary had hosted the Winter Olympics earlier in the year. Canada went on to win 10 medals in the … autumn … games. In four days from September 18, the Prime Minister was to officially apologize for the World War II internment of Japanese Canadians.

Toys: 1988 was all about Nintendo which did for the late 80s what Atari did for the early 80s. The game Pictionary which came out in 1985 became very popular by ’88.

Albums: The self-titled work from Tracy Chapman ruled the Canadian Albums chart. Glass Tiger’s Diamond Sun was tops for a Canadian artist at #22.

Songs: “Monkey” by the late great George Michael was the biggest song in the land. Glass Tiger’s “Diamond Sun” was #5 and the king of CanCon on the Singles chart.

The Charts: September 18, 2018

Maroon 5 has been bowled out of the top spot on the Hot 100 by Kayne West and “I Love It” which debuts at #1. There is little else of note on the chart. Richard Seguin’s Retour a Walden: Sur les Pas de Thoreau enters the Albums Chart at #16, the highest position for a Canadian artist debut this week. Mother Mother’s “Get Up” enters Rock Airplay Top 40 at #39. Tim Hicks’ “The Worst Kind” materializes at Country Airplay at #50. Gord Bamford scores his second chart topping hit at the format thanks to “Dive Bar”. Five years ago, Gord’s “When Your Lips Are So Close” scaled to the summit. Loud Luxury’s “Body” hits #1 at Adult Contemporary Radio. The song previously spent six weeks on top of the CHR chart and five weeks at #2 at Hot AC.

New Brunswicker Jeremy Dutcher Wins 2018 Polaris Prize

As we predicted, Jeremy Dutcher was awarded the $50,000 Polaris Music Prize for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, a work recorded in his First Nations language of Wolastoq. The disc was made following a research project on archival recordings of traditional Maliseet songs at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in an attempt to preserve the music, culture, and language of his people. The announcement of his victory was made last night at Toronto’s Carlu following performances by eight of the 10 short-listed nominees. The nine others will be receiving monetary prizes of $3,000 each.

2017’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medThe most successful song of 2017 that involved a Canadian artist was “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber which peaked at #1 on the weekly Hot 100 and was the second biggest song of the year overall. The biggest English language song with a Canadian as the main artist was “Starboy” from the Weeknd. Although it finished the year as its 6th most popular tune, it peaked at #1 on the weekly charts last year (2016) and also made the previous year-end chart at #32. The most successful Canadian artist song reaching its peak position in the weekly charts of 2017 was Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” with a year-end placement of #16 and weekly peak of #6.

In total, 17 tracks involving Canadian artists made the year-end Hot 100. A total of 34 maple-glazed tunes peaked within the Top 40 during the year 2017. No French-language song made the Hot 100 through the year. We have listed below French language songs from Canadian artists that made the annual CKOI year-end Top 50 – seven in all.

HY = Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart position
HW = Billboard Hot 100 weekly charts, peak position
CY = CKOI year-end Top 50 chart position

2017 CKOI Franco Hits

TITLE ARTIST CY
Une p’tite biere  Anthony Gaudet 21
J’pas stressée Roxane Bruneau 24
Roadtrip Les Chiens de Ruelles 27
T’embellis ma vie Yann Perreau 31
Fou Andreanne A. Malette 42
Kamikaze Patrice Michaud 45
Il y a tant a faire  Daniel Belanger 48

2017 Billboard Canada Hits

TITLE ARTIST HY HW
Despacito Fonsi/Yankee ft. Justin Bieber 2 1
Starboy The Weeknd 6a 1b
There’s Nothing Holding… Shawn Mendes 16 6
Stay Alessia Cara & Zedd 22 9
I Feel It Coming The Weeknd 23 10
Passionfruit Drake 33 2
Let Me Love You DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber 41a 4b
Fake Love Drake 49 10b
Signs Drake 52 12
2U D. Guetta ft. Justin Bieber 54 4
Scars to Your Beautiful Alessia Cara 70 14b
Treat You Better Shawn Mendes 71a 7b
Friends Justin Bieber & BloodPop 83 4
Mercy Shawn Mendes 84 22
Reminding Me Shawn Hook 86 30
Party Monster The Weeknd 91 8b
Portland Drake 95 6
Blem Drake 8
Free Smoke Drake 12
Gyalchester Drake 13
No Long Talk Drake 14
Reminder The Weeknd 16
Get It Together Drake 20
Teenage Fever Drake 22
Still Got Time Zayn ft. PartyNextDoor 22
Madiba Riddim Drake 23
KMT Drake 25
Sacrifices Drake 26
4422 Drake 27
Jorja Interlude Drake 28
Some Way NAV ft. The Weeknd 31
To the Max DJ Khaled ft. Drake 32
Wanted You NAV 33
Skepta Interlude Drake 36
Glow Drake 37
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot… Michael Buble 39
Lust for Life Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd 39
Lights Out Virginia to Vegas 40
Nothings Into Somethings Drake 40
Curve Gucci Mane ft. The Weeknd 40

a – Also made year-end Hot 100 of 2016
b – Weekly peak achieved in 2016

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Chilly Gonzales: Third Time’s the Charm

Jason Charles Beck graduated from independent boys’ facility Crescent School in Toronto before honing his piano skills at McGill University. He was to take a lengthy picturesque detour before returning to hammering groups of strings in solitude. The prolonged stints involved leading alternative rock band Son and relocating to Germany in 1999 to try his luck as a rapper. In 2004, a star was born aliased Chilly Gonzales who dazzled with his instrumental piano pieces. Recently released Solo Piano III is arguably his crowning achievement.

While considered originals, you may find some bits familiar. This is Chilly’s intention – to pay homage to some of the artists and tracks he finds pleasing. He takes a riff here and there and reinvents it, folding it seamlessly into his master craftsmanship (e.g. Bach, Beach House, Daft Punk). Other tricks of his involve taking a piece written in a minor key and switching it to a major one (or vice versa). Gonzales’ style on the keys is crisp and clear, an immediate entry into a territory, conquering it, and quickly exiting, often done playfully. Such amusing precision ices the cake on this fabulous work, a must-listen especially for those who love instrumental piano.  iTunes

Marie-Mai Taking Off, New Album Coming

Platinum Canadian recording artist Marie-Mai is taking off in her latest single “Je décolle” which follows hit song “Empire”. The new tune is a catchy dance pop number, and with its music video release comes the announcement of a new album expected out November 9. Marie-Mai’s last album, M, came out four years ago in 2014. She is scheduled to put on shows promoting the new disc in early 2019 at Montreal’s Bell Centre (February 15 & 16) and Quebec City’s Centre Vidéotron (March 2). Enjoy the MV below.

Sally Yeh Appears on Danny Chan Tribute Album

Canadian recording artist Sally Yeh has contributed her vocal talents in two tracks on a newly released Danny Chan tribute album of covers of the late singer’s songs. Hong Kong’s Danny Chan, born 60 years ago, had undoubtedly one of the most beautiful male vocals in pop music history. He died an untimely, heartbreaking death at the age of 35 in 1993 after being in a coma for 17 months. In piece of trivia, Danny performed an English language duet with Crystal Gale in 1984’s “Tell Me What I Can Do”. The new tribute album, released through Universal Music, contains contributions from Cantopop legends like Alan Tam, Priscilla Chan, Shirley Kwan, and others with the most popular tracks from contemporaries Eason Chan and Gigi Leung. The album’s two final offerings are voiced by the incomparable Sally Yeh. Sally, of course, is also known for starring in John Woo’s classic feature film The Killer (1989).  iTunes

Sep 14, 2018 News and Releases: Terri Clark, Dirty Nil, Monster Truck…

Below, we list 19 albums and a trio of EPs that hit the shops this week. Among them are four JUNO winners plus an additional seven nominees. The heavyweights are beginning to contribute to 2018’s catalogue of cacophony. Some eyes will be fixed on the outcome of the Polaris Music Prize on Monday. Excitement brews in various pockets of people concerning promised autumn releases from Metric, Avril Lavigne, Allie X, Alessia Cara, Arkells, Safia Nolin, Tyler Shaw, and many more.

It has been a snowmobile-over-moguls kind of week for Canadian news stories.

Syrian refugee Ibrahim Ali has been charged with the murder of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen in Burnaby, BC’s Central Park, near the heart of the city’s demoviction program. The murder investigation was the largest in Burnaby history with 600 interviews, 1,000 hours of video footage, and 2,000 persons of interest.

Toronto city council found itself at the storm center of politicolegal battles regarding its size. The latest outcome is that the number of councillors is to be shrunk in half. We cannot offer comment on whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, as we are not from Toronto.

Canadian curlers have broken the world record for the length of a game with a 105-hour tussle of sweeping together.

With the folding up of the MuchFACT music video funding program, 2018 has definitely seen a decline of quality MVs from even domestic A-listers. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television with some partnerships is offering a new program for emerging artists dubbed the Music Video Production Project.

Justin Bieber has apparently tied the knot with Hailey Baldwin in the so-called Big Apple. It has also been reported that he is seeking to become a dual citizen of both Canada and The United States.

With a lack of new music from the AmeriCanadian to be, The Biebs has not received any 2018 American Music Award nominations; however, Drake populates the slate with eight! Shawn Mendes receives two and The Weeknd one. The annual awards show will take place in Los Angeles, USA October 9.

Finally, 80s enthusiasts will cheer, as 1985 hit single “A Criminal Mind” from Gowan was recently certified Platinum by Music Canada (speaking of nifty music videos…).

Find a list of this week’s new releases in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Ballad of Runaway Girl  Elisapie (1JN) Folk
Battle Lines Bob Moses (2JN) Electronic
Civilianaires The Trews (5JN) Rock
Discipline: Heal Thyself II Steven Page (1JN) AC
Fusils et des roses Farfadet  Rap
Gave In Rest Sarah Davachi Electronic
Gift Shop Jeen Alt Rock
Grand depart David Myles (1JW) S-S
Heaven Dilly Dally (1JN) Alt
Horizons Vishtèn  Folk
Kenny Wheeler: Suite… Hard Rubber Orch. (1JN) Jazz
Ma maison favorite  Paul Daraîche  Country
Master Volume The Dirty Nil (1JW) Rock
Nouvelle maison Mountain Daisies  Country
Nuit des longs couteaux Koriass (1JN) Rap
Raising the Bar Terri Clark (3JW) Country
Sabrina Sabotage Sabrina Sabotage Alt Pop
True Rockers Monster Truck (1JW) Rock
Verites intemporelles Paradox  Rap
Killstreak (EP) Killy Rap
Mercure (EP) Les Louanges Alt
Soran (EP) Soran Pop

Key:

JN – JUNO Award Nominations

JW – JUNO Award Wins

S-S – Singer-Songwriter

AC – Adult Contemporary

September 12, 2018 Charts: Followups Gain Ground

Before we take a look at this week’s charts, let’s get nostalgic and review the happenings 35 years ago, around September 12, 1983.

35 Years Ago: September 12, 1983

Television: The premiere of crime action drama Hardcastle and McCormick was to draw the biggest television audience according to Nielsen ratings.

Film: Comedy-drama Mr. Mom was tops at the box office. Written by John Hughes, the film starred Michael Keaton as a family man who, after being laid off, switched roles with his wife (Terri Garr) who returned to work, while he became a stay-at-home dad, a task about which he was clueless.

News: The Soviet Union admitted to shooting down Korean Air Lines Flight double-o-seven, stating that its military did not know it was a civilian aircraft when it was in violation of Soviet airspace.

Toys: Popular toys in 1983 included Cabbage Patch Kids, Care Bears, and My Little Ponies. The first, a craze selling in the millions, made the cover of Newsweek magazine, the second starred in their own television show, and the third even outsold barbie dolls.

Albums: Let’s Dance by David Bowie was the #1 album in the Great White North. Certified at quintuple platinum, the disc sold half a million copies. Loverboy’s Keep It Up was the best-selling Canadian album (#13) that week.

Songs: “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics jumped from #4 to #1, becoming the biggest song in Canada. At #21, “Video Kids” by Prototype was tops for CanCon.

The Charts: September 12, 2018

Followups to debut hits are the order of the day this week. Following the success of “Body” by Loud Luxury, the outfit lets loose “Love No More”. It debuts in the Hot 100 at #62, Hot Digital at #16, and CHR Radio at #33. Interestingly, “Body” never appeared on the Emerging Canadian Artists chart, while the new song puts Loud Luxury at #2.

Another followup is “Better Off”, the answer to Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine’s breakout hit “Ain’t Easy”. It is #50 at All-Format Airplay, #27 at CHR, and #33 at Hot AC. The latter is the highest debut at the format for a Canadian artist since The Weeknd’s “Starboy” entered at #24 in October 2016.

2018 CCMA Awards Winners List

The 2018 Canadian Country Music Association awards took place in Hamilton Sunday, September 9, a gala hosted by double diamond superstar Shania Twain who was presented with the Generation Award by Alessia Cara. The evening was packed with inspiring speeches and of course powerhouse performances. Below is a list of nominations with award winners in red, bold type.

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
High Valley
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Jess Moskaluke
Dallas Smith
Shania Twain

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Past The Past – Jess Moskaluke
The Project – Lindsay Ell
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Shania Twain

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Washboard Union
Donovan Woods

RISING STAR

Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
Hunter Brothers
Leaving Thomas
The Reklaws

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Chills – James Barker Band
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Lonely Drum – Aaron Goodvin
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The Bad Guy – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Hometown Kids – The Reklaws
Sky Stays This Blue – Dallas Smith
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Dean Brody, Matt Rovey
Song: 8th Day (Performed By: Dean Brody)

Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover
Song: Country Music Made Me Do It (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)

Zach Abend, Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke
Song: Drive Me Away (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: It’s Working (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Alexander Black, Aaron Goodvin, Cathy Gravitt
Song: Lonely Drum (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Tenille Arts
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Leaving Thomas
Nice Horse

Sep 7, 2018 Releases – Magic, Richard Séguin, Karl Wolf…

Below we list 16 new Canadian artist LPs and 3 EPs with highlights on six of them. Our count is 362 major Canadian artist albums for 2018 thus far plus 102 extended plays.

Reggae pop group Magic holds the overlooked distinction of being the first Canadian band to top the British charts … ever! Two JUNO wins punctuate its status, plus of course global smash hit “Rude”. Expectations is the outfit’s third studio album. Although there is still some reggae seasoning, the players have shifted to a more mainstream pop sound that is richer than on previous discs. The album is one of the finest pop releases of the year.

Quebec bluesman Ray Bonneville, a JUNO winner, offers his latest work, At King Electric while R&B specialist Karl Wolf, a triple JUNO nominee, contributes Blacklight (The Export, Vol. 2) via Victoria record label Cordova Bay. JUNO nominees also include legendary singer-songwriter Richard Séguin who pays homage to the philosopher Henry David Thoreau on Retour à Walden – Sur les pas de Thoreau. The LP features a couple of guest vocalists including Jorane. Also nominated for a JUNO trophy is dazzling pianist Chilly Gonzales who completes his Solo Piano series with the third installment, a very beautifully done work for those who love instrumental piano. Ottawa’s Kalle Mattson, winner of the Prism Prize, releases his latest alternative music album Youth proving once again that he is among the most talented crafters of the genre.

Find these and lots more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
At King Electric Ray Bonneville Blues
Blacklight (The Export, Vol. 2) Karl Wolf R&B
Bodies of Water Rae Spoon Alt
Countri Boi Kingston Melodic Yoza Reggae
Design interieur Brigitte Saint-Aubin  S-S/Folk
Expectations Magic Pop
Fou furieux / Le reglement Fou Furieux  Rap
Icebreaker Lil Berete Rap
Klaus Klaus Alt
La Force La Force Alt
My Flag Is A Burning Rag Of Love Petra Glynt Alt
No Codes No Codes Jazz
Retour à Walden… Richard Séguin  S-S/Folk
Solo Piano III Chilly Gonzales Classical
Vian dans les dents Misses Satchmo  Jazz
Youth Kalle Mattson Alt
All Good (EP) Beat Market  Dance
Matt Lang (EP) Matt Lang Country
Private Room (EP) Counterparts Metal

Avril Lavigne Announces New Single

Little Black Stars around the world have a big reason to celebrate; diamond recording artist Avril Lavigne of Napanee, Ontario, winner of seven JUNO awards, will be dropping a brand-new single entitled “Head Above Water”. The track heralds her upcoming sixth studio album. The pop-rock global superstar penned an emotional letter to her fans thanking them for their patience, as the singer-songwriter’s battle with Lyme Disease delayed the release of a new album for five years. She concedes that she began composing the new song in bed, during one of the scariest moments of my life. I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current. Unable to breathe. Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather. I grew closer to Him. My mother held me. In her arms, I wrote the first song that I am releasing to tell my story.

Avril later hooked up with Travis Clark (We the Kings) to finish off the song. She then took it to Canadian master arranger Stephan Moccio to work his production magic on it. Moccio is responsible for Nikki Yanofsky‘s “I Believe”, theme of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, “Earned It” by The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”, Céline Dion‘s “A New Day Has Come”, and many other strokes of genius.

Single “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne drops September 19, 2018.

September 4, 2018 Chart Highlights

40 Years Ago: September 4, 1978

What was happening 40 years ago around September 4, 1978?

Television: Sitcom Three’s Company ruled the boob tube. It was based on British show Man About the House.

Toys: 1978 spawned toys that began with the letter S: Speak & Spell and Simon notable among them.

News: Pope John Paul I had recently succeeded Pope Paul VI as the 263rd Pope.

Film: Musical production Grease was the tops at the box office. It was to become the biggest movie of the year.

Albums: The Grease soundtrack dominated the albums chart.

Songs: “Three Times a Lady” by The Commodores was the #1 song in the land.

The Charts: September 4, 2018

K-pop male singing group BTS scores the number one album in Canada, Love Yourself: Answer. Canucks preferred to buy this one rather than stream it, as it ranked only 8th in terms of online listening. The album is a followup to Love Yourself: Tear released just last May which peaked at #2 on the chart. Track “Idol” featuring Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj debuts at #5 on the Hot 100. It is the septet’s first Top 10 song.

Expect Kamikaze by US rapper Eminem to top the albums chart next week. Surprise – a Canadian newcomer is featured on track “Good Guy”. Her name is Jessie Reyez.

In terms of more CanCon, “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando holds at #3. It now stands certified at quadruple platinum by Music Canada. It is #5 in Britain, now Top 40 in Australia, and was recently featured in an article in Billboard magazine.

With the upcoming CCMA awards, some country artists are moving up the radio charts. “Habit” by Andrew Hyatt debuts at #50 at All Format Airplay. Brad Saunders, originally from Newfoundland now based in Calgary, snatches the #49 spot at County Radio itself.

Followup single “Better Off” by breakout duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine debuts at CHR at #34 and “Relentless” by Arkells sizzles at Rock Radio, debuting at #23.

Back-to-School Releases: Don Amero, Bobylones, The Reklaws

We have 19 “back-to-school” releases to list, combining last week and this week’s discs. Highlights include four-time JUNO nominee Pierre Lapointe who revs things up on Ton corps est déjà froid with assistance from Les Beaux Sans-Coeur. Manitoban three-time JUNO nominee Don Amero returns in top shape on Evolution, a feel-good country tinged work. For those who live for abrasion and all things hard, JUNO winning metal outfit KEN mode lets loose on Loved. Some choice alternative efforts appear, chief among them perhaps alt-rock extravaganza Le désordre pour le style from Babylones. A few EPs hit the shelves including Feels Like That from emerging country duo The Reklaws as well as the nicely done slice of pop Illusion from Catherine Vezeau. Find these and lots more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
L’Ere Du Vide Jet Black Alt Rock
Evolution Don Amero 3JN Country
Major Love Major Love Rock
Might As Well with My Soul Little Kid Alt
Ryobra Orkestar Kriminal World
Ton corps est deja froid Pierre Lapointe 4JN Alt
Ne parle pas aux etranges Marie Claudel Folk
The Black Sea Talleen Punk
Choses sauvages Choses sauvages Alt
Le desordre pour le style Babylones Alt Rock
Les Flots Arthur Comeau Soundtrack
Honey & Rust Lesley Pike S-S
Looking Through Your Window Rob Dickson Folk
Loved KEN mode 1JW Metal
OUI (tout, tout, tout, toutttte) Yes Mccan Rap
Teen Ravine Teen Ravine Alt
Illusion Catherine Vezeau Pop
Paradiso Andrew Pololos Dance
Feels Like That The Reklaws Country