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Canadian Hot 100, 5 October 2015

On the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, Bernard Adamus has scored the year’s 2nd country and 7th overall #1 Canadian album with Sorel Soviet So What. Brigitte Boisjoili’s Patsy Cline tribute album increases its position from last week (up one notch to #5) as does Mario Pelchat’s tribute album to French singer Gilbert Bécaud (up two positions to #8). It is rare these days to see an album chart higher than its debut week. On the Billboard Hot 100, Justin Bieber spends his fifth week at #1. Two new entries are from the Drake and Future collaboration album. In other chart news, half of the Top 10 songs on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 are from Canadian artists.

Canadian Hot 100 - 5 Oct 2015 copy

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

The Voice Finalist Rosa Laricchiuta to Release Album

Rosa LaricchiutaOf the four finalists on this year’s installment of The Voice, it is Rosa Laricchiuta who will be launching an album, and lucky for rock lovers, yes, it will augment that genre. The Montreal-born Canadian singer is of Italian descent. Her vocal talent was discovered in a karaoke bar and led to an Asian tour for a whole decade: Greater China, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Dubai, Bahrain, the UAE, and Indonesia. Returning home, she started work as a security guard and followed her love interest to New Brunswick. Rosa’s dream was to become a rocker like her coach on The Voice, Eric Lapointe, and her dream is about to be fulfilled. She will be recording under her given name only, Rosa, which is also the title of her debut album out October 30. Just from the song samples, it sounds fantastic. Rosa has already done some shows with Melissa Etheridge! The album is now available for preorder on iTunes.

MAGIC Returns with Hilarious New MV for “Sunday Funday”

JUNO winning multiplatinum group MAGIC! continues to slay in the field of popular reggae by delighting us and giving us a few laughs on music video for latest single “Sunday Funday”. We learn that, along the continuing adventures of love, Nasri was able to convince his sweetheart’s father for his consent. The two are happily married, but Nasri had to pay a price: work for his father in law’s company. Uh-oh. Take a look at the new MV below.  iTunes

The Six Reigning Queens of Canadian Country

We have determined the current queens of Canadian country from CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Female Artist of the Year nominations for the past two years (2014 and 2015). Based on a good word from one of their hit songs or albums and their style, we have created a title for each queen. Let’s get to know the Six Reigning Queens of Canadian Country! The music videos we have embedded below will give you a taste of each artist, though each queen is versatile in the songs she makes.

Terri Clark: The Queen of Life

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Terri was born in Montreal but grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She has released ten albums since 1995 and has scored hits in the United States, not just on their country charts but the top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100! Here at home, Terri’s debut, self-titled album has achieved triple platinum certification for sales exceeding 300,000 copies. Many of her other works have seen gold/platinum certification as well. Terri Clark has won three JUNO awards to date.

Kira Isabella: The Queen of Love

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Newer at it, Kira Isabella is from Ottawa and has released two albums so far. She won the CCMA Female Artist of the Year in 2013. Kira has scored Top 10 hits at Billboard Country Airplay and four entries on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. She has been nominated at the JUNOs twice thus far and has toured with Carrie Underwood.

Beverley Mahood: The Queen of Hope


An import from Northern Ireland, Beverley Mahood was raised in London, Ontario. Besides a music career, she is also a well-known television personality. Bev has released half a dozen albums since 1998 which have spawned a host of hits on country radio. She is the recipient of two JUNO nominations.

Jess Moskaluke: The Queen of Light

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Langenburg, Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke has won the CCMA Female Artist of the year the past two years (2014 and 2015). She is the first Canadian female to score a gold single since Shania Twain. Two EPs and one LP have appeared, and her feature in Paul Brandt’s “I’m an Open Road” helped the song make the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. She has a pair of JUNO nominations to her name.

Lindi Ortega: The Queen of Grace

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Specializing more on the roots and traditional side of country is acclaimed Torontonian Lindi Ortega. Six albums have hit the market since 2001 plus a few EPs. Lindi was featured in Billboard Country Airplay #1 hit “Bounty” by Dean Brody. She has won two years in a row for CCMA Roots Artist of the Year and has received two JUNO nominations.

MacKenzie Porter: The Queen of Fun

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A successful actress and talented musician, Medicine Hat, Alberta’s JUNO nominated MacKenzie Porter is also the sister of Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter. She is a Billboard Canadian Hot 100 charting artist. MacKenzie plays violin … oops … fiddle and has studied piano. Her debut, eponymous album came out in 2014.

Top 100 Singles of 1982 in Canada

joan jett - i love rock and rollAccording to RPM magazine, the biggest song of 1982 in Canada was “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. It was a cover of the original 1975 song by Arrows. One dozen songs on the year-end top 100 chart below are from Canadian artists, three of which are from Chilliwack. Canadian entries have been bolded in red. The top Canadian song was “New World Man” by Rush. The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from nationwide sales and radio airplay data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

1 I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
2 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
3 Ebony and Ivory P. McCartney/S. Wonder
4 Centerfold J. Geils Band
5 Abracadabra Steve Miller Band
6 I’ve Never Been To Me Charlene
7 Tainted Love Soft Cell
8 Don’t You Want Me Human League
9 Hard To Say I’m Sorry Chicago
10 Hurts So Good John Cougar
11 Down Under Men At Work
12 Our Lips Are Sealed Go-Go’s
13 Body Language Queen
14 Gloria Laura Branigan
15 Physical Olivia Newton-John
16 I Can’t Go For That Daryl Hall & John Oates
17 The Look Of Love ABC
18 New World Man Rush
19 Jack & Diane John Cougar
20 867-5309/Jenny Tommy Tutone
21 Open Arms Journey
22 Freeze Frame J. Geils Band
23 Up Where We Belong J. Cocker/J. Warnes
24 Heart Attack Olivia Newton-John
25 Da Da Da Trio
26 Young Turks Rod Stewart
27 Rosanna Toto
28 Tonight I’m Yours Rod Stewart
29 Key Largo Bertie Higgins
30 Dirty Laundry Don Henley
31 Eye In The Sky Alan Parsons Project
32 We Got The Beat Go-Go’s
33 Don’t Talk To Strangers Rick Springfield
34 Eyes Of A Stranger Payolas
35 Maneater Daryl Hall & John Oates
36 Love Is In Control Donna Summer
37 Crimson & Clover Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
38 Truly Lionel Richie
39 Chariots Of Fire Vangelis
40 Hold On Santana
41 Under Pressure Queen
42 Your Daddy Don’t Know Toronto
43 Going To A Go-Go Rolling Stones
44 Letting Go Straight Lines
45 You Should Hear How She Talks Melissa Manchester
46 Make A Move On Me Olivia Newton-John
47 Heat Of The Moment Asia
48 It’s Raining Again Supertramp
49 Blue Eyes Elton John
50 Let’s Groove Earth, Wind & Fire
51 Pretty Woman Van Halen
52 Steppin’ Out Joe Jackson
53 The Other Woman Ray Parker Jr.
54 Homosapien Pete Shelley
55 Heartlight Neil Diamond
56 Shake It Up The Cars
57 Who Can It Be Now Men At Work
58 Six Months In A Leaky Boat Split Enz
59 Nobody Sylvia
60 Oh No Commodores
61 The Girl Is Mine M. Jackson/P. McCartney
62 Even The Nights Are Better Air Supply
63 Mickey Toni Basil
64 Athena The Who
65 Rock This Town Stray Cats
66 You Can’t Hurry Love Phil Collins
67 My Girl (Gone Gone Gone) Chilliwack
68 Emoty Garden Elton John
69 Only Time Will Tell Asia
70 Always On My Mind Willie Nelson
71 Love’s Been Hard On Me Juice Newton
72 Johnny Are You Queer Josie Cotton
73 Do You Wanna Touch Me Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
74 I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton
75 Caught Up In You 38 Special
76 Don’t Fight It K. Loggins/S. Perry
77 Pressure Billy Joel
78 I Believe Chilliwack
79 Enough Is Enough April Wine
80 Abacab Genesis
81 Love Will Turn You Around Kenny Rogers
82 Watcha Gonna Do Chilliwack
83 Trouble Lindsey Buckingham
84 Only The Lonely Motels
85 Let’s Get It Up AC/DC
86 Love Plus One Haircut One Hundred
87 Dancing In The Street Van Halen
88 Keep The Fire Burnin’ Reo Speedwagon
89 Shock The Monkey Peter Gabriel
90 Hold Me Fleetwood Mac
91 Take It Easy On Me Little River Band
92 Pac-Man Fever Buckner & Garcia
93 Harden My Heart Quarterflash
94 Did It In A Minute Daryl Hall & John Oates
95 Start Tellin’ The Truth Toronto
96 ’65 Love Affair Paul Davis
97 Cat People (Putting Out Fire) David Bowie
98 Fantasy Aldo Nova
99 Don’t It Make Ya Feel Headpins
100 Nova Heart Spoons

New Releases 2 October 2015

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This week, Montreal’s Emilie & Ogden bring back the harp and combine it with vocal harmonies on beautiful new album 10,000. Future Nostalgia is the latest from Saskatoon boogie rock group The Sheepdogs. Natasha St-Pier of Bathurst, NB gets the Acadian folk jangling on Mon Acadie with featured guests that include Roch Voisine and Édith Butler. The West Coast adds more folk to the pool thanks to Vancouver’s Good For Grapes and The Ropes. Midland, ON’s Born Ruffians ups the quirkiness via alternative album Ruff. More from the alternative field appears from Vancouver’s Dralms and Shook. Folky singer-songwriter outfit Towers and Trees releases The West Coast from Victoria, BC.

This week’s EPs include Phases by Heather Russell. She’s a new teen pop star originally from Toronto based in Los Angeles. Montreal singer-songwriter Laura Sauvage launches Americana Submarine. A nice alt-pop EP called Wino Oracle which is selling well comes to us from Vancouver’s The Zolas.

With that, we’re up to 454 Canadian LPs and 104 EPs for 2015 that have been released through major retailers.

Headlines and Footdots for October 1, 2015

States-Side Canadian Invasion

Canadian Invasion States-side

All top 4 hits on this week’s U.S. Billboard Hot 100 are from Canadian artists: “The Hills” by The Weeknd #1, “What Do You Mean” by Justin Bieber #2, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd #3, and “Hotline Bling” by Drake #4. Drake is now one of only four artists to have landed 100 tunes on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The Weeknd’s recent success has helped his previous album Kiss Land to be certified gold in Canada. We’ll see what we can do to get a Canadian invasion going in Britain as well.

Anik Jean Releasing Anglo Album

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Superb, JUNO nominated Canadian rocker Anik Jean will be following up her acclaimed Franco album Schizophrène with a brand new English language album entitled Lost Soul. The album will be out October 30. For those who prefer rock in the French language, we are super excited that Andie Duquette will be releasing her debut album Ton problème October 16. We will continue to list all new Canadian releases through the month of October to help you find music you like.

David Foster’s Miracle Gala Raises $6.5 Million

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Skylark keyboardist turned super producer David Foster held his Miracle Concert and Gala in Toronto recently, an event that raised $6.5 million for his foundation which supports families with children who are in need of organ transplants. Among the big names in attendance were Gordon Lightfoot, Kiesza, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, and Peter Cetera.

LIGHTS Raises $50 Thousand for MusicCounts

LE-UFC-LightsRecording Artist LIGHTS recently teamed up with Kiehl’s Canada. She designed the cover art for Ultra Facial Cream, 100% of the net profits going towards organization MusicCounts to help keep music education in schools and assist children with music instrument costs.

Love Will Light the Way


Toronto’s Roveena has recorded a new version of “Love Will Light the Way” from her 2012 EP Perfect World to raise awareness on lymphoma. Net proceeds from the sale of the single will go to Lymphoma Canada in search of a cure to this terrible disease. Roveena’s vocals are simply beautiful and the song is exquisite. You can watch the MV hereiTunes

Carly Rae Jepsen Greases Up

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Having given us one of the best albums of 2015, Carly Rae Jepsen will be returning to her other love, acting. This time she will appear in a televised live musical of Grease. Carly will be cast as Frenchy, the role played by Didi Conn in the original Hollywood feature film. The U.S. network Fox will premiere the special on January 31, 2016.

2016 JUNO Submissions Now Open


A reminder that submissions for the 2016 JUNO Awards to take place in Calgary are now open. There have been a few rule changes to take note of, a key one being a change in definition between LP and EP. More details can be found here.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Michelle Thibodeau

Moncton, NB’s Michelle Thibodeau (now based in Toronto) has released a brand new MV for “Hey Hitchhiker” which is definitely worthy of a placement in the CMB! At this writing, the single is not yet available at iTunes but expected in a little while.

The Four Kings of Country Airplay

There are the sizzling female soloists and the delicious groups and duos, but from 2013 through to 2015, it is four Canadian male soloists who have scored #1 hits on Billboard country airplay. Other artists have succeeded in different ways (awards, gold platinum certifications, etc.), but in this post, we take a look at the four Canadian kings of country airplay and review the songs that climbed to the very top. They are Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Dallas Smith, and Brett Kissel via “When Your Lips Are So Close”, “Bounty” (with Lindi Ortega), “Wastin’ Gas”, and “Airwaves” respectively.


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Origin:  Lacombe, Alberta
Formal Debut:  2001
Certification Level:  Platinum
Studio Albums to Date:  7
Hot 100 Songs:  14
JUNO Awards:  3 nominations
CCMA Awards:  15
Interesting Fact:  Gord was born in Australia but emigrated to Canada when he was 5.
#1 Single:  “When Your Lips Are So Close”


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Origin:  Jaffray, British Columbia
Formal Debut:  2008
Certification Level:  Platinum
Studio Albums to Date:  5
Hot 100 Songs:  19
JUNO Awards:  1
CCMA Awards:  9
Interesting Fact:  Originally from BC, Dean now lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
#1 Single:  “Bounty” (featuring Lindi Ortega)


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Origin:  Langley, British Columbia
Formal Debut:  2011
Certification Level:  Platinum
Studio Albums to Date:  2
Hot 100 Songs:  11
JUNO Awards:  1
CCMA Awards:  1
Interesting Fact:  Dallas used to be lead singer of rock band Default.
#1 Single:  “Wastin’ Gas”


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Origin:  Flat Lake, Alberta
Formal Debut:  2013
Certification Level:  Gold
Studio Albums to Date (major label):  2
Hot 100 Songs:  6
JUNO Awards:  1
CCMA Awards:  3
Interesting Fact:  Brett keeps a king of diamonds beneath his cowboy hat.
#1 Single:  “Airwaves”

Bublé, Greene, and Mendes to Receive Walk of Fame Honours

Canada Walk of Fame LogoToday, Canada’s Walk of Fame announced its annual inductees who will receive stars along the promenade in Toronto. The list of six includes two recording artists. Burnaby, BC’s Michael Bublé is a name familiar to the current generation. He is a diamond recording artist who has sold millions of albums internationally and won 12 JUNO awards for his adult pop vocal jazz. Lorne Greene was a man of many talents. Besides a prominent radio voice, he acted in big television series like Bonanza and Battlestar Gallactica. Lorne also recorded music. His spoken word country and western piece “Ringo” topped the RPM charts in the 1960s.

Shawn Mendes does not yet qualify for a star (recipients must have been in the limelight for at least 10 years); however, the teen superstar will be receiving the Allan Slaight Honour which recognizes young talent who inspire their generation. Past winners include Nikki Yanofsky, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, and Melanie Fiona. More information on the Walk of Fame and the upcoming televised gala can be found at the official website here.

Canadian Hot 100, 28 September 2015

On the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, three Canadians debut in the Top 10. Ontario synthrock group Metric leads the pack as Pagans in Vegas makes #5 selling 7,200 copies. The Patsy Cline tribute album from Brigitte Boisjoli is at #6. Mario Pechat’s tribute to French singer Gilbert Bécaud hits #10. On a side note, Drake’s collaborative album with Future, which does not qualify for CanCon, debuts at #1. The latter collaboration contributes three of four new entries on the Hot 100. The fourth is country collaboration “I’m an Open Road” by Alberta’s Paul Brandt featuring Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke. Justin Bieber spends his fourth week at #1 with “What Do You Mean”.

Canadian Hot 100 - 28 Sep 2015 copy

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

Salomé Leclerc Dazzles Fans in Belgium

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Canadian singer-songwriter Salomé Leclerc recently performed at the Grand Place public square in Brussels, Belgium. She is up for two awards at the annual ADISQ gala which celebrates the best music being made in the Canadian province of Quebec, the bulk of which is Franco. Her second album 27 fois l’aurore has been nominated for both Alternative Album of the Year as well as for Critically Acclaimed Album of the Year. The album made a number of year-end Top 10 lists for 2014 including ours. It is a remarkable work of art.  iTunes

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Salomé states that she had been in Brussels in 2012 but more as a tourist and though suffering from some jet lag was happy to play at such an impressive venue. She affirms that it is very difficult for Canadian Francophones to export their music to Europe aside from the odd one such as Coeur de Pirate. Salomé says she was pleased with the recognition her debut album gave her in Canada but for her sophomore effort wanted to try something a bit different and moved from more of a folk sound to an electro touch and was inspired by Beach House, Atoms for Peace, and James Blake in making the record. Salomé Leclerc will be performing at spectacles across Canada starting next month. Check her website for more details:

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Billboard Canadian Hot 100 of 2011, Year-End Chart

Adele - Rolling in the DeepThe biggest song of 2011 in Canada was Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. Twenty-one songs from the year-end top 100 chart below involve Canadian artists which have been bolded in red. The top song with a Canadian artist was “Hello” by Dragonette and Martin Solveig at #11. The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from radio airplay and nationwide sales data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

1 Rolling in the Deep Adele
2 Party Rock Anthem LMFAO
3 On the Floor Jennifer Zopez
4 Give Me Everything Pitbull
5 Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5
6 Born This Way Lady Gaga
7 Grenade Bruno Mars
8 Firework Katy Perry
9 Tonight Enrique Iglesias
10 E.T. Katy Perry
11 Hello Dragonette & Martin Solveig
12 Last Friday Night Katy Perry
13 F’n Perfect P!ink
14 The Edge of Glory Lady Gaga
15 The Time The Black Eyed Peas
16 Someone Like You Adele
17 The Lazy Song Bruno Mars
18 Raise Your Glass P!ink
19 Just Can’t Get Enough The Black Eyed Peas
20 S&M Rihanna
21 Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People
22 Price Tag Jessie J
23 More Usher
24 Alone Again Alyssa Reid ft. P. Reign
25 Forget You Cee Lo Green
26 Till the World Ends Britney Spears
27 Only Girl Rihanna
28 Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars
29 Super Bass Nicki Minaj
30 Sexy and I Know It LMFAO
31 Coming Home Diddy – Dirty Money
32 What’s My Name Rihanna ft. Drake
33 I Wanna Go Britney Spears
34 Stereo Love Mia Martina & Edward Maya
35 We R Who We R Ke$ha
36 Good Life OneRepublic
37 Jet Lag Simple Plan
38 Where Them Girls At David Guetta
39 Dynamite Taio Cruz
40 Lighters Bad Meets Evil
41 Hey Baby Pitbull
42 You Make Me Feel Cobra Starship
43 We Found Love Rihanna
44 Yeah 3x Chris Brown
45 Stutterin’ Fefe Dobson
46 DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love Usher
47 Without You David Guetta
48 Love You Like a Love Song Selena Gomez & The Scene
49 Just a Dream Nelly
50 Hold It Against Me Britney Spears
51 I Need a Doctor Dr. Dre
52 Brand New Chick Anjulie
53 Don’t Wanna Go Home Jason Derulo
54 Stereo Hearts Gym Class Heroes
55 Just a Kiss Lady Antebellum
56 Rain Over Me Pitbull
57 Blow Ke$ha
58 Higher Taio Cruz
59 Electric Shawn Desman
60 Black and Yellow Wiz Khalifa
61 Teenage Dream Katy Perry
62 Dirty Dancer Enrique Iglesias & Usher
63 What the Hell Avril Lavigne
64 Let’s Play Kristina Maria
65 You and I Lady Gaga
66 Cheers Rihanna
67 Ghetto Love Karl Wolf ft. Kardinall Offishall
68 Written in the Stars Tinie Tempah
69 Invincible Hedley
70 Marry You Bruno Mars
71 Who’s That Chick? David Guetta
72 Tonight Tonight Hot Chelle Rae
73 Judas Lady Gaga
74 Latin Moon Mia Martina
75 Good Feeling Flo Rida
76 Can’t Breathe Fefe Dobson
77 Club Can’t Handle Me Flo Rida
78 Jar of Hearts Christina Perri
79 Rocketeer Far*East Movement
80 Like Magic JRDN
81 Haven’t Had Enough Marianas Trench
82 Like a G6 Far*East Movement
83 How to Love Lil Wayne
84 Beautiful People Chris Brown
85 Mr. Saxobeat Alexandra Stan
86 In the Dark Dev
87 The Show Goes On Lupe Fiasco
88 EveryTeardrop Is a Waterfall Coldplay
89 About Us Neverest
90 California King Bed Rihanna
91 Who Says Selena Gomez & The Scene
92 Moment 4 Life Nicki Minaj ft. Drake
93 We No Speak Americano Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup
94 Fire Raghav
95 I Wanna Dance with Somebody These Kids Wear Crowns
96 I Like It Enrique Iglesias
97 Bumpy Ride Mohombi
98 Sweat Snoop Dogg
99 Mr. Know It All Kelly Clarkson
100 She’s Dope Down With Webster

Lily K.O. Finds Some Time Amidst the Chaos

lily k.o. - le chaos and le temps 900x900New at the game and therefore relatively obscure among this week’s releases, Montreal duo Lily K.O. launches knockout debut album Le chaos & le temps. To summarize things with a single word, the album is cute. The duo is singer Sélène Bérubé on keys and Raphael Rioux handling ukulele, guitalele, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals and bass. The two brought in Misteur Valaire’s drummer Julien Harbec to get the beats going. What we have is electro pop and rhythmic amusement, all wrapped up in world music vibes. Sélène’s attractive vocals are an added bonus. The bopping tunes will put a big smile on your face. We particularly like tracks “Une mélodie” and “Septembre”. What a pleasant surprise, so much fun!   iTunes

New Releases 25 September 2015

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Andrew Hyatt

Sudbury, ON’s Andrew Hyatt caps off a couple of singles with country EP Never Back Down. The songs rank well above average in catchiness making him one to watch in the coming months. iTunes

Bernard Adamus

Hitting the iTunes top 5 is Montreal JUNO nominee Bernard Adamus and his new album Sorel Soviet So What. He creates a delicious cocktail of blues, country, and other flavours one would not expect. This one is lots of fun. iTunes

Colin Linden

Multiple JUNO awards both as a soloist and via his work with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Toronto’s Colin Linden does an excellent job as always and blends roots and blues on newest album Rich In Love. iTunes

The Dears

Times Infinity Volume One is the latest from Montreal JUNO nominated alternative act The Dears. Known for artistry, the group, helmed by Murray A. Lightburn, provides an array of styles on this grand work. iTunes

Emm Gryner

The Bowie collaborator and 3-time JUNO nominee continues to enrich her growing catalogue as a soloist with 21st Century Ballads, a stunner of emotionally powerful, dreamy piano ballads drenched in ambiance. This is soul-stirring magnificence. iTunes

Evening Hymns

Quiet Energies is the third album from this Orno, Ontario group. Good tunes abound as rock pulls in folk and even the occasional progressive tones. Overall, we are impressed with this one. iTunes


Gabriella of St-Basile-le-Grand, QC follows up her earlier EP with debut full-length album, The Story of Oak & Leafless, a 2-disc affair, the second of which consists of acoustic rearrangements. Beautiful and artistic, the music sits in-between pop and adult contemporary with some baroque leanings. Fans of Sarah McLachlan ought to check this one out. iTunes

Head of the Herd

Back from scoring a Billboard Hot 100 hit with Jasmin Parkin, Vancouver’s Head of the Herd launches new album Birds on the Roof, available in both standard and deluxe editions. Fans of head nodding rock should dig it. iTunes

Jess Moskaluke

Current queen of Canadian country with two consecutive CCMA female artist of the year wins and a gold single, Langenburg, SK’s Jess Moskaluke follows her debut JUNO-nominated album Light Up the Night with EP Kiss Me Quiet. While the LP saw her creating some unique twists on the country genre with delicious beats and boot stomping bass slaps, the EP goes for a more standard country sound which works just as well for her. The quality of the work should add more prestige to her high profile. iTunes

Lily K.O.

This week’s pleasant surprise is Le chaos & Le temps by Montreal duo Lily K.O., a super fun jam of pop with little seasonings of world beat. Just listening to the song samples is enough to get you hooked. iTunes

Mathieu Provençal

For those who want standard rock without any frilliness, Le toit du monde should hit the spot, a very good album. Mathieu Provencal is from Montreal. iTunes

Matthew Good

Coquitlam, BC multiple JUNO winner Matthew Good launches his latest, Chaotic Neutral. It’s a wonderful work both in terms of the compositions and production. This is modern rock with atmosphere and charm. iTunes


One of the year’s better blues albums has arrived thanks to Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk. Moon Turn Red will get you pumped up. David Wilcox is featured on one of the tracks. iTunes


Hope Is Made of Steel is a fine roots rock effort from Victoria, BC’s Northcote. Collaborators include Hannah Georgas. iTunes


Peaches is a Canadian experimental electronic artist, originally from Toronto, based in Germany. Her latest album is Rub, her first in six years. She has a few featured artists joining her off the beaten path including Feist. iTunes

Top 100 Singles of 1981 in Canada

Stars_On_45_-_Stars_On_45According to RPM magazine, the biggest song of 1981 in Canada was Stars on 45’s “Medley”. The Dutch group joined snippets of songs in a common tempo to a dance beat. The 1981 medley included several Beatles’ songs plus “Venus” and “Sugar Sugar”. Ten songs from the year-end top 100 chart below are from Canadian artists which have been bolded in red. The top Canadian song was The Rovers’ “Wasn’t That a Party” at #11. The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from nationwide sales and radio airplay data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

1 Medley Stars on 45
2 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes
3 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
4 The Friends of Mr. Cairo Jon & Vangelis
5 Start Me Up Rolling Stones
6 9 to 5 Dolly Parton
7 Urgent Foreigner
8 Angel of the Morning Juice Newton
9 Celebration Kool and the Gang
10 The Tide Is High Blondie
11 Wasn’t That a Party The Rovers
12 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic The Police
13 Sausalito Summerlight Diesel
14 Morning Train Sheena Easton
15 Woman John Lennon
16 Being With You Smokey Robinson
17 Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon
18 Arthur’s Theme Christopher Cross
19 The Best of Times Styx
20 Shaddap Your Face Joe Dolce
21 (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon
22 Passion Rod Stewart
23 While You See a Chance Steve Winwood
24 Rapture Blondie
25 Hey Nineteen Steely Dan
26 Whatching the Wheels John Lennon
27 In the Air Tonight Phil Collins
28 Gemini Dream Moody Blues
29 My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) Chilliwack
30 All Those Years Ago George Harrison
31 Stop Dragging My Heart Stevie Nicks
32 Kiss On My List Hall & Oates
33 A Little In Love Cliff Richard
34 Waiting for a Girl Like You Foreigner
35 Take It On the Run REO Speedwagon
36 For Your Eyes Only Sheena Easton
37 Private Eyes Hall & Oates
38 Hold On Tight Electric Light Orchestra
39 Too Much Time On My Hands Styx
40 Who’s Crying Now Journey
41 Fire and Ice Pat Benatar
42 You Better You Bet The Who
43 Lady Kenny Rogers
44 No Reply At All Genesis
45 Tell It Like It Is Heart
46 Sukiyaki Taste of Honey
47 Greatest American Hero Joey Scarbury
48 Turn Me Loose Loverboy
49 Crying Don McLean
50 Hungry Heart Bruce Springsteen
51 Physical Olivia Newton-John
52 Queen of Hearts Juice Newton
53 Ah Leah Donnie Iris
54 I Missed Again Phil Collins
55 Jessie’s Girl Rick Springfield
56 De Do Do Do De Da Da Da The Police
57 Young Turks Rod Stewart
58 Woman in Love Barbara Streisand
59 The One That You Love Air Supply
60 Boy From New York City Manhattan Transfer
61 A Woman Needs Love Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
62 The Voice Moody Blues
63 The Stroke Billy Squier
64 More Than I Can Say Leo Sayer
65 Looking For Clues Robert Palmer
66 Trying to Live My Life Bob Seger
67 Don’t Stand So Close to Me The Police
68 Slowhand Pointer Sisters
69 The Night Owls Little River Band
70 The Waiting Tom Petty
71 I Can’t Stand It Eric Clapton
72 I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It Stevie Wonder
73 Under Pressure Queen/Bowie
74 I Love a Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt
75 Limelight Rush
76 Treat Me Right Pat Benatar
77 Giving It Up for Your Love Delbert McClinton
78 Just the Two of Us Grover Washington Jr.
79 Magic Power Triumph
80 Oh No Commodores
81 I Could Never Miss You Lulu
82 Hard to Say Dan Fogelberg
83 Hello Again Neil Diamond
84 Ain’t Even Done with Night John Cougar
85 Living Inside Myself Gino Vannelli
86 Blessed Are the Believers Anne Murray
87 Beach Boys Medley Beach Boys
88 High School Confidential Rough Trade
89 What Kind of Fool Barbara Streisand
90 Games People Play Alan Parsons Project
91 Ghost Riders in the Sky Outlaws
92 He Can’t Love You Michael Stanley Band
93 Her Town Too James Taylor & JD Souther
94 Turning Japanese The Vapors
95 Thirsty Ears Powder Blues Band
96 This Little Girl Gary U.S. Bonds
97 All Touch Rough Trade
98 Hooked on Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
99 Deep Inside My Heart Randy Meisner
100 Don’t Let Him Go REO Speedwagon