Canadian Hot 100, 23 August 2016

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More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

NOTES:

Nielsen SoundScan compiles weekly data on sales of digital singles from a comprehensive pool of Canadian retailers. Nielsen BDS compiles weekly data on spins of singles from 137 radio stations nationwide electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These two charts are combined in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Beginning 17 September 2014, Nielsen included streaming data from online services in determining the Hot 100.

Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.

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

We have used the artwork for the singles where we can. In the case where one doesn’t exist or is unavailable, we have used artwork for the album on which the song appears.

KEY:

RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
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

Canadian Hot 100, 16 August 2016

2016-08-16 Hot 100More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

NOTES:

Nielsen SoundScan compiles weekly data on sales of digital singles from a comprehensive pool of Canadian retailers. Nielsen BDS compiles weekly data on spins of singles from 137 radio stations nationwide electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These two charts are combined in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Beginning 17 September 2014, Nielsen included streaming data from online services in determining the Hot 100.

Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.

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

We have used the artwork for the singles where we can. In the case where one doesn’t exist or is unavailable, we have used artwork for the album on which the song appears.

KEY:

RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
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

New Canadian Releases August 12, 2016

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Brendan Canning, the Toronto native who helped found artistic group Broken Social Scene, not to mention contributions to several other projects, has returned to his own solo scene with his third studio album, Home Wrecking Years. It is, as to be expected, a slice of finely crafted art with strokes of alternative rock and jazzy baroque pop. We dig it.

Vancouver duo The Pack A.D. gets things really cookin’ on latest energetic punky garage rock album Positive Thinking, its sixth effort and arguably best yet. Recommended for those who become intensely giddified by the geyser of such awesomely packed power.

Back to Toronto (Mississauga to be more exact), R&B specialist PartyNextDoor, alias of Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, releases LP P3. He is signed to Drake’s OVO label, and those who experience goosebumps when listening to The Weeknd should enjoy the same phenomenon with this.

Straight-shooting high calibre pop proceeds from Toronto outfit LITEYEARS with EP American Towns, which is a very pleasant surprise this week. We think this group will go far.

Finally, Vernon, BC rapper SonReal, i.e. Aaron Hoffman, delivers his latest EP, The Name. This talented guy (more talented than the tailor who made his trousers) needs no introduction. Another fine Canadian release!

Diamond Albums: The 100+ Best-Selling Albums in Canadian History

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Diamonds are … the recording industry’s best friend, certainly when it comes to album sales. Canada’s certification program awards records that have achieved 10x platinum status as “diamond”. Prior to May 2008 when gold/platinum definitions were adjusted in light of the digital era, a diamond album was one that had shipped 1 million units in Canada. Since then, a diamond album is 800,000. More than 100 albums have hit the diamond mark since releases from 1969. These are the best-sellers, the classics, reflecting Canadian tastes in music. We have listed all of these gems below. Those that achieved double diamond status (2 million prior to 2008) are in bold print and Canadian artist albums in red. In the column Type, GH stands for greatest hits. They are sorted in chronological order of release year. Chances are, you own or have owned at least a few of these. Which one is your favourite?

TITLE ARTIST RELEASE TYPE
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin 1969 Studio
Abbey Road The Beatles 1969 Studio
IV Led Zeppelin 1971 Studio
Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 1973 Studio
1962-1966 The Beatles 1973 GH
1967-1970 The Beatles 1973 GH
Crime of the Century Supertramp 1974 Studio
Greatest Hits Vol I. Elton John 1974 GH
GH 1971-75 The Eagles 1976 GH
Hotel California The Eagles 1976 Studio
Boston Boston 1976 Studio
Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 1977 Studio
Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1977 Studio
Saturday Night Fever Various Artists 1977 Soundtrack
Grease Various Artists 1977 Soundtrack
1974-1978 Steve Miller 1978 GH
The Wall Pink Floyd 1979 Studio
Breakfast in America Supertramp 1979 Studio
Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers 1980 GH
Back in Black AC/DC 1980 Studio
Face Value Phil Collins 1981 Studio
Thriller Michael Jackson 1982 Studio
Colour by Numbers Culture Club 1983 Studio
Can’t Slow Down Lionel Richie 1983 Studio
Sports Huey Lewis 1983 Studio
Eliminator ZZ Top 1983 Studio
Born in the USA Bruce Springsteen 1984 Studio
Reckless Bryan Adams 1984 Studio
Like a Virgin Madonna 1984 Studio
Boy in the Box Corey Hart 1985 Studio
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1985 Studio
No Jacket Required Phil Collins 1985 Studio
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 1985 Studio
True Blue Madonna 1986 Studio
Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi 1986 Studio
The Joshua Tree U2 1987 Studio
Dirty Dancing Various Artists 1987 Soundtrack
Hysteria Def Leppard 1987 Studio
Faith George Michael 1987 Studio
Kick INXS 1987 Studio
Appetite for Destruction Guns ‘N Roses 1987 Studio
Hangin’ Tough New Kids on the Block 1988 Studio
Cocktail Various Artists 1988 Soundtrack
Girl You Know It’s True Milli Vanilli 1989 Studio
Alannah Myles Alannah Myles 1989 Studio
Up to Here The Tragically Hip 1989 Studio
Waking Up the Neighbours Bryan Adams 1991 Studio
Mad Mad World Tom Cochrane 1991 Studio
Metallica Metallica 1991 Studio
Achtung Baby U2 1991 Studio
Use Your Illusion I Guns ‘N Roses 1991 Studio
Nevermind Nirvana 1991 Studio
Unplugged Eric Clapton 1992 Live
The Bodyguard Various Artists 1992 Soundtrack
Some Gave All Billy Ray Cyrus 1992 Studio
Celine Dion Celine Dion 1992 Studio
Gordon Barenaked Ladies 1992 Studio
Abba Gold ABBA 1992 GH
The Colour of My Love Celine Dion 1993 Studio
The Sign Ace of Base 1993 Studio
Get a Grip Aerosmith 1993 Studio
Fully Completely The Tragically Hip 1993 Studio
The Lion King Various Artists 1994 Soundtrack
The Hits Garth Brooks 1994 GH
Forrest Gump Various Artists 1994 Soundtrack
Dookie Green Day 1994 Studio
Cracked Rear View Hootie & the Blowfish 1994 Studio
Cross Road Bon Jovi 1994 GH
The Woman in Me Shania Twain 1995 Studio
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette 1995 Studio
Mellon Collie… Smashing Pumpkins 1995 Studio
Tragic Kingdom No Doubt 1995 Studio
Amanda Marshall Amanda Marshall 1995 Studio
Oh What a Feeling Various Artists 1996 Compilation
Falling Into You Celine Dion 1996 Studio
Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys 1996 Studio
Spice Spice Girls 1996 Studio
Come On Over Shania Twain 1997 Studio
Let’s Talk About Love Celine Dion 1997 Studio
Big Shiny Tunes 2 Various Artists 1997 Compilation
Titanic Various Artists 1997 Soundtrack
Backstreet’s Back Backstreet Boys 1997 Studio
Aquarium Aqua 1997 Studio
Savage Garden Savage Garden 1997 Studio
Surfacing Sarah McLachlan 1997 Studio
Spice World Spice Girls 1997 Studio
Romanza Andrea Bocelli 1997 GH
Clumsy Our Lady Peace 1997 Studio
Millennium Backstreet Boys 1999 Studio
Baby One More Time Britney Spears 1999 Studio
Ricky Martin Ricky Martin 1999 Studio
Supernatural Santana 1999 Studio
All The Way Celine Dion 1999 GH
One The Beatles 2000 GH
These Are Special Times Celine Dion 2000 Christmas
Up! Shania Twain 2002 Studio
Let Go Avril Lavigne 2002 Studio
The Eminem Show Eminem 2002 Studio
Come Away with Me Norah Jones 2002 Studio
Stereo Boxed Set The Beatles 2009 Catalogue
21 Adele 2011 Studio
Christmas Michael Buble 2011 Christmas
25 Adele 2015 Studio

 

Jess, Dean, Madeline, HV Performing at 2016 CCMA Gala

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The Canadian Country Music Association announced today that Jess Moskaluke, Madeline Merlo, High Valley, and Dean Brody will take the stage to perform at the 2016 CCMA Awards Show on Sunday, September 11. This will be the first time for the gala to be held in London. The program will air on CBC at 8 p.m. and be emceed by comedian Jessi Cruickshank.

Jess Moskaluke has won the CCMA award for female artist of the year for the past two years in a row. She is acclaimed as the first female Canadian country solo artist since Shania Twain to score a gold single with hit “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”. This year, she has landed two songs in the country radio top 10.

Winner of the 2015 CCMA Rising Star Award, Madeline Merlo, is nominated for the 2016 CCMA Female Artist of the Year Award. In April, she released her debut album, Free Soul which spawned Top 10 hit “Whatcha Wanna Do About It”.

Beginning as a trio, Alberta’s High Valley is now a duo and has score a pair of gold singles. HV won the 2015 CCMA award for Group or Duo of the Year.

Canadian Hot 100, 8 August 2016

It takes talent of the Billy kind to top the albums chart especially when you’re afraid of heights. Yes, Billy Talent’s Afraid of Heights becomes the fourth Canadian artist album  in 2016 to top the albums chart. It is the Mississaugan punk band’s fourth straight chart topping studio LP. Nielsen Music notes that Billy Talent has sold over a million albums making it the 25th best-selling Canadian act in the SoundScan era. There are no new Canadian artist entries on the Hot 100. “No Shopping” featuring Drake catapults from 77 to 25. “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai achieves a new peak position at 35.

Hot 100 - 9 Aug 2016 copy

More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

NOTES:

Nielsen SoundScan compiles weekly data on sales of digital singles from a comprehensive pool of Canadian retailers. Nielsen BDS compiles weekly data on spins of singles from 137 radio stations nationwide electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These two charts are combined in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Beginning 17 September 2014, Nielsen included streaming data from online services in determining the Hot 100.

Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.

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

We have used the artwork for the singles where we can. In the case where one doesn’t exist or is unavailable, we have used artwork for the album on which the song appears.

KEY:

RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
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

New Releases July – August 2016

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As there were only a couple of major releases last week, we combine last week and this week’s Canadian releases. We begin with the 5th studio album (6th if counting self-released Watoosh in 1998) from Mississauga, Ontario punk band Billy Talent. The group has won a remarkable seven JUNO Awards, and two previous albums have seen triple platinum success. The new album is entitled Afraid of Heights. Another high profile release which greets us this week comes from Hamilton mainstream rock band Arkells. With Universal Music, the Hamilton group has won 4 JUNO awards, and album number 4 is Morning Report which is full of good tunes. We particularly like “Making Due”.

Fuso is a male soloist from Quebec who launches his debut LP, a self-titled and bilingual affair. The quality music is of an upbeat singer-songwriter nature. Haley Bonar is a Canadian-born artist (Manitoba), raised in the U.S. state of South Dakota and now based in the state of Minnesota. She definitely pleases us with the beautiful alternative album Impossible Dream well worth checking out. Montreal’s St-Eugene contributes a gorgeous alternative folk self-titled album, while Toronto’s Union Duke crafts fine indie folk on Golden Days.

EPs worth checking out are last week’s Chat by Toronto’s Jaunt. It’s a jazzy alternative pop that is so very delicious. For mainstream pop pleasure, Toronto band Crystalyne does a wonderful job as always on new EP Follow. A number of new singles are out including “Lose My Mind” from A-Trak (dance), “Saved” from deadmau5 (EDM), “Bricoler” from Jeffrey Piton (heartland), “Work Shoes” from USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) (pop-rock), “I Repeat Myself” by Duchess Says (post punk / new wave), and “Bush Party” by Dean Brody (country). Topping the iTunes Canada albums chart is the various artists Suicide Squad soundtrack, and the best track on it is from a Canadian – “Medieval Warfare” by Grimes, somewhat of a Charlie XCX meets Garbage sumptuous smash.

For the First Time, Canada Given Seat on IFPI Board

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The IFPI, or International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, is the organization representing the interests of the recording industry at the global level. For the first time in history, a Canadian has been voted onto the Main Board: Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. Additionally, Music Canada, which represents the interests of the recording industry in Canada, now has a seat on the IFPI’s International Legal Committee, or ILC, a group of experts in law dealing with legalities surrounding the recording industry.

The stated mission of the IFPI is to promote “the value of recorded music”, campaign “for the rights of record producers”, and expand “the commercial uses of recorded music”. Member markets include 62 countries and roughly 1,300 music companies. The IFPI Main Board consists of members of regional or national trade organizations as well as both major and independent record labels. Its function is to provide guidance and direction gathered from global music companies, organizations, and markets in shaping IFPI priorities.

Out of roughly 200 countries around the globe, Canada’s music market currently ranks 7th, and even more impressive is that according to the Department of Heritage, Canada is the 3rd largest exporter of musical talent in the world.

Canadian Hot 100, 2 August 2016

There are four new Canadian artist entries on the Hot 100 this week. Justin Bieber’s feature in Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” debuts on the chart at #1. PartyNextDoor’s “Not Nice” debuts at #63. French Montana’s “No Shopping” which features Drake appears at #77. Multiplatinum soloist Serena Ryder is back on the chart with her latest single; “Got Your Number” enters at #80. New peak positions are achieved this week by Coleman Hell’s “Fireproof” #64 – #53 and Tory Lanez’s “Luv” #55 – #52. “Never Be Like You” by Flume featuring Canada’s Kai enters the top 40 skipping from a peak of #42 to #39 this week.

Hot 100 - 2 Aug 2016 copy

More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

NOTES:

Nielsen SoundScan compiles weekly data on sales of digital singles from a comprehensive pool of Canadian retailers. Nielsen BDS compiles weekly data on spins of singles from 137 radio stations nationwide electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These two charts are combined in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Beginning 17 September 2014, Nielsen included streaming data from online services in determining the Hot 100.

Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.

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

We have used the artwork for the singles where we can. In the case where one doesn’t exist or is unavailable, we have used artwork for the album on which the song appears.

KEY:

RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
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

Mikey Bustos Has the Parody of the Year

It’s back to work for many after the nice long weekend July 30 – August 1, 2016. But we can kick things off with a smile thanks to Mikey. Some of you may remember Mikey Bustos, a Top 10 Canadian Idol finalist (Season One). Known as the “Ambassador of Filipinos On The Internet”, he is a Canadian born singer-songwriter, performer, comedian, actor, video maker, and online personality. To date, Mikey has released 3 full length albums plus some EPs. Yesterday, he launched a hilarious parody of Meghan Trainor’s “No”. In the music video, Mikey is out on a first date who is curious about his ethnicity. Asked to guess, she names just about every one in the world but the right one. Mikey then breaks into song. The video features actress, DJ, and singer Natalia Moon.

Michelle Treacy: From Lady Gaga Duet to Debut Single

michelle treacy - armageddonOur radar screen picked up a new major blip, a very bright one! We are excited to tell you about Michelle Treacy. She’s a 20-year-old who hails from the nation’s capital. In 2014, Michelle, attending Lady Gaga’s concert at Montreal’s Bell Centre, was brought onstage to sing a duet with her. Her brother filmed the scene and had to apologize for the shaky recording because he was bawling the whole time. Michelle is now signed to major label Sony Music and working on her debut album. Treacy’s debut single “Armageddon” is out. It was produced by Canadian whizzes Todd Clark and Steve Kozmeniuk (Phillip Phillips, Kendrick Lamar). The song is currently getting added to radio and at #47 on Nielsen BDS. The national broadcaster featured Michelle in an article July 11.  We have embedded the official audio of “Armageddon” below. You want talent? You’ve got it!  iTunes

Canadian Hot 100, 26 July 2016

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More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

NOTES:

Nielsen SoundScan compiles weekly data on sales of digital singles from a comprehensive pool of Canadian retailers. Nielsen BDS compiles weekly data on spins of singles from 137 radio stations nationwide electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These two charts are combined in the Canadian Hot 100 which is published by Billboard. Beginning 17 September 2014, Nielsen included streaming data from online services in determining the Hot 100.

Here we list all entries from the chart that are in whole or in part by Canadian artists.

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

We have used the artwork for the singles where we can. In the case where one doesn’t exist or is unavailable, we have used artwork for the album on which the song appears.

KEY:

RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
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

A Beast Down in the Dark Divorces the Operator

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A pair of all caps, vowel deprived group names join a beast down in the dark for this week’s new releases. There are just four majors to talk about. Dancey electronica can be felt like frenzied trumpet blasts on Operator, an exciting album from Toronto’s MSTRKRFT. Vancouver’s JPNSGRLS, via energetic laser-beam guitars, give the gift of indie rock on Divorce. Hear some boss drumming among other animated pursuits, in alt-rock extravaganza Down in the Dark from Ontario collective Safe To Say. For those who pine for the ultimate cacophony of berserk, Montreal heavy metal heroes in Despised Icon contribute album Beast.

Brutus Begins in an Uncanny Valley

brutus begins - uncanny valleyPortuguese Canadians are a talented bunch when it comes to music: Desman, Mendes, Furtado, and more have seen great success. Ricardo Temporao is a name to bookmark, or perhaps his recording alias Brutus Begins. His 2016 album Uncanny Valley strikes us as what may result if The Beatles’ Rubber Soul era consolidated itself with the early music of The Cars. Indie folk-rock joins electronic new wave in a modern version of Steve Miller. It is a juggernaut of a debut and waiting to be discovered like a treasure trove. Running the danger of overemphasizing its unique sound, we assert what is always more important: very strong songwriting. Put Uncanny Valley on for an adventurous, very enjoyable ride.  iTunes