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Louis-Jean Cormier’s Music Flows Through Large Arteries

Louis-Jean Cormier - Les grandes arteresSince its release, Louis-Jean Cormier’s sophomore solo album Les grandes artères has been on top of the iTunes chart, outselling British and American titans. LJC fronted JUNO winning band Karkwa. His debut solo album won a JUNO as well and attained gold certification for sales in excess of 40,000 copies. The new album continues LJC’s ceaseless creative flair with exquisite gems of essentially folky alternative music. The range of moods is refreshing, lulling to rousing, as is the density of instrumentation, stripped down to decked up, and he always pulls out some unexpected, pleasant touches from up his sleeves. The execution is delicate and intelligent and very impressive. iTunes

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums


Reminiscing Over Etiquette

Etiquette - ReminisceJulie Fader and Graham Walsh (the latter worked on LIGHTS’ Siberia album) are duo Etiquette, releasing debut album Reminisce. Avoid the danger of lumping the act in with other electronic outfits. The style ditches the spirit of wooden elation for animated melancholy. Our examination of the disc did not turn up any melody deprived blandness as with a number of other works in the genre; the hooks dangle in abundance as the music waddles its way through raw climes decked in some of the experimental garments worn by such predecessors as The Legendary Pink Dots and Cabaret Voltaire. It’s not all subdued; there are a couple of peppy inclusions that twinkle like stars on and on. Overall, on Reminisce, the ethereal drones effectively hypnotize in ways that will leave you reclining in satisfaction. iTunes

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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums


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YouTube: Napster of the Modern Era

pirate1While music piracy continues unabated, disabling music sales, agencies responsible for going after its platform sources seem focused on the minnows and not the bigwigs. YouTube has not assumed responsibility for the plethora of pirated files its users have uploaded to the platform, leaving it to the copyright holders to go through the rigmarole of filing takedown notices for each individual unauthorized clip, new clips no doubt being uploaded faster than notices can be drafted. Given the fact that YouTube attaches ads to pirated clips, in effect, YouTube is profiting over them which is highly unethical not to mention illegal.

The piracy goes far beyond streaming unauthorized copies of movies and music. There are a number of free downloadable software programs on the internet that convert YouTube videos to MP3 files. You may have noticed that many of the newer music videos contain dialogue or a pause in the music in the middle. This is a countermeasure to discourage people from converting the MVs to MP3s. The problem is that YouTube users upload unauthorized copies of the songs with homemade videos or lyric videos onto YouTube for the pirates to then download onto their music players. YouTube also allows users to post comments on music videos without removing libellous and defamatory remarks, another culprit in damaging music sales.

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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Viewpoint


Yoan Sells 40,000 Copies in First Two Days

YoanTwinkly-eyed Yoan, winner of second season of The Voice, recently launched his debut album. It was certified gold just two days after release. The self-titled LP contains 12 songs plus an acoustic version of one. It is mainly an Anglo album with four Franco songs. The 19 year-old singer is accompanied by a couple of guests: his coach from The Voice, platinum songstress Isabelle Boulay, and JUNO winning Albertan star Brett Kissel. Yoan is a fun and frisky country album. The track featuring Kissel is a cover of “Good Hearted Woman” by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Boulay adds her voice to a Franco adaptation of Hedy West’s “500 Miles”. Opener “Baby What You Want Me to Do” was the lead single and garnered some 80,000 SoundCloud plays in five days.  iTunes

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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums


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Sales Increase for JUNO Artists Following Broadcast

Nielsen has uncovered some statistics on the JUNO effect showing notable sales increases of nominees and winners during the week following the awards broadcast. Here are a few of them. It goes to show that winning especially the Album of the Year award and Pop Album of the Year have a big impact on sales. Bazini no doubt benefitted from his awesome performance at the gala.

● Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen: 200% sales increase.
● Little Machines by LIGHTS: 89% sales increase.
● “Bubblegum” by Bobby Bazini: 72% streams increase.
● “Come to Light” by Arkells: 63% downloads increase.
● Sound of a Woman by Kiesza: 59% sales increase.
● “Hideaway” by Kiesza: 51% downloads increase.
● Wild Life by Hedley: 34% sales increase.
● Don’t Kill the Magic by MAGIC!: 25% sales increase.
● “Seeya” by deadmau5: 24% streams increase.
● “Life of the Party” by Shawn Mendes: 18% downloads increase.
● “Earned It” by The Weeknd: 12% downloads increase.

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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Uncategorized


Gold/Platinum Certifications February – March 2015

Feb - Mar 2015 gp certifications

Certification Definitions: Gold = 40,000 copies sold, Platinum = 80,000, Double Platinum = 160,000.

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Certifications


Shawn Hook Identifies with the Sound of Your Heart

Shawn Hook - Sound of Your HeartWe’re chock full of Shawns in Canada. We’ve got R&B superstar Shawn Desman, new teen sensation Shawn Mendes, and JUNO nominated pop icon Shawn Hook. The latter follows up smash hit “Million Ways” with “Sound of Your Heart” which is now a Top 40 CHR hit. Hook has thus far landed three songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Today, he launched the official music video for “Sound of Your Heart” which sees him undertake a wild west draw … in the snow with a sweetheart! Check it out below. If you like what you hear, grab a copy on iTunes.

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in 2015 Songs, Songs


Beatrice Deer Lets Loose the Fox

Beatrice Deer - FoxBeatrice Deer, from Quaqtaq, QC, is an Inuk songstress who has released two albums plus a holiday LP. She returns in top form on new EP Fox. The neo-trad effort seamlessly combines some throat singing and traditional Inuit chants with surprisingly effective modern rock. She proves here that she is a largely undiscovered Canadian gem. The songs pack quite a wallop and flow with a genuineness that kept us engaged. Beatrice’s beautiful voice helped her win an Aboriginal Music Award back in 2005. Fox is a strong contender for EP of the year.  iTunes

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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums


Canadian Hot 100, 25 March 2015

Canadian Albums 25 mar 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

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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in 2015 Charts, Canadian Hot 100


Selected New Releases 24 March 2015

new releases 24 march 2015

Kicking off this week’s Canadian releases is Evolve by Toronto R&B singer Andria Simone. With such a quality work, we hope she gets recognized as belonging to the elite singers of the genre; it’s a beautiful album. Debuting at #1 on iTunes is solo album #2 from the frontman of Polaris-prize winning Karkwa. Given that Louis-Jean Cormier‘s first album won a bunch of awards including a JUNO, followup Les grandes artères came buttressed with high anticipation. It’s a folky alternative work. Another high flyer is 3-time JUNO nominee Hayden (from Thornhill, ON) whose latest album Hey Love keeps the alternative vibrations in full flow.

We have some good garage rock with smatterings of the psychedelic thanks to Île de rêve by Montreal’s Les Marinellis. Toronto JUNO nominee Robi Botos is Movin’ Forward with his new jazz album which features some great instrumentation. Kenora, ON’s Wayne Kelso tickles the keys on Northern Calling, a fine jazz piano work. Vancouver’s The Real McKenzies soup up the Celtic punk rock on Rats in the Burlap.

New Toronto duo Etiquette delivers a brilliant debut with Reminisce. One of the members worked on LIGHTS’ Siberia album. Reminisce presents subdued, hypnotic electronica with beautiful female vocals. Halifax-based singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon is sure to draw some attention with her fabulous folky album The Tempest of Old. Swinging over to Ferme-Neuve, QC, Yoan has released his debut album. He was the winner of Canada’s The Voice last year. He’s a young whiz with a very handsome voice and fluently bilingual handles both official languages with ease on the self-titled LP. The style is amusing blues-country, and high-profile Albertan star Brett Kissel is featured on one of the tracks. Yoan debuted on iTunes at #3. Grab it for something really fun.

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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums


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Act II Starring Sally Folk

sally folk - Deuxieme acteSally Folk debuted in 2009 with Anglo album, Sally and Me. She decided to make the switch to Franco on her self-titled 2013 work. It proved to be the right call, as the album sold a respectable 15,000 copies, received two Félix nominations, and spawned a number of radio-aired singles. Bilingual artists have the advantage of trying out both tongues to see what yields the greater response. Simple Plan took the tea and crumpets route and succeeded. Sally’s heading down the coffee and croissants avenue, as back with her third LP, she has titled it Deuxième acte. Like MAGIC!, she has gone for a summery yellow colour which suits the music well. Sally’s style shuffles rock, jazz, 60s pop, and at times Spaghetti western cards, carving out a nice niche for herself in territory inhabited by such artists as Nikki Yanofsky and France’s ZAZ. The album has a big feel to it, drenched with professionalism to the core. It is undoubtedly her best album yet. Track “Les heures de visite” is receiving radio love.  iTunes

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


Karl Wolf WOWs on 6th Album

karl wolf - wowOne of our most prominent R&B masters, three-time JUNO nominee Karl Wolf, launches his sixth career album, WOW. It is his first on his own record label to be made available worldwide. Karl is best known for triple platinum single “Africa” and has seen four more reach gold certification. He has placed a total of eight to date on the Hot 100. On WOW, Karl accomplishes what he does best, giving us some feel-good party music. Track “Club’s Where My Heart Is” for one deserves to be a staple of the dancefloor. Pick up the album for some good beats and fun.  iTunes

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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums


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Ariane Moffatt Tickles the Synths at 22h22

Ariane Moffatt - 22h2222h22 may be the best time of day to enjoy peace of mind after putting to rest jobs, household chores, errands, social and family engagements. And this reality inspired Ariane Moffatt on the title of her fifth straight Billboard Top 10 album which debuted at #4. The platinum Canadian recording artist and JUNO winner delivers a smooth synth pop sound on the album brining some nocturnal charm and soothing grooves to clear the daily clutter in the mind. Track “Debout” (see MV below) has over the past weeks topped both BDS and Soundscan Franco.  iTunes

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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in 2015 Albums, Albums


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Music News, Beginning of Spring 2015

deadmau5 at JUNOs 2015

While still awaiting followup to her JUNO winning song “You and I”, we can at least enjoy some songs Oakville, ON’s Anjulie has written for others. The latest is track “In the Blue” which appears on the deluxe edition of Kelly Clarkson’s latest album, Piece By Piece. The album debuted at #4 last week.  Link

NFL American football cornerback Prince Amukamara decided to show his support for the Canadian Music Industry by swinging up north to attend the JUNO Awards! In an interview with Lauren Toyota on the red carpet, he stated that he was attending out of his love for Canadian music, especially his favourite artists Drake, Justin Bieber, and Michael Bublé. He said his wife loves Canadian artists too, including Alanis Morissette and The Weeknd. Link

The United Kingdom has unveiled its best-selling albums of the new millennium so far, and a Canadian artist is at #7: Michael Bublé for Crazy Love. His Christmas is at #28. Those are the only Canadian albums in the Top 50.  Link

Here at home, deadmau5 has scored his very first platinum single. Music Canada recently gave the certification to “Seeya”, marking sales of 80,000 units. Album 4×4=12 was also a platinum seller.  Link

Louis-Jean Cormier, creative genius and lead singer of Polaris Prize winning band Karkwa, and the man who won all those Félix awards (and a JUNO!) for his debut solo album Le treizième étage, is following up with album Les grandes artères which is due out next week! Also expected out by the end of the month are new albums from Hayden, Mia Martina, Ron Sexsmith, Dear Rouge, Alex Cuba, Three Days Grace, and more!  Link

We leave you with recently released music video from Grimes. She says that this song, “REALiTi” will not be included on her next album and that the MV is a montage of her travels through Asia.

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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in 2015 News, News


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Winter Roundup 2015: Jean Leloup and The Weeknd Do Well

The vernal equinox has hit, and we are now into spring. The winter season saw eight Canadian albums make the Billboard Top 10, including two number ones: Jean Leloup’s A Paradis City and Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. The former album was certified gold by Music Canada, the first and only one of the year so far. Four Canadian songs peaked within the Top 40 during the period, the most successful being The Weeknd’s “Earned It” at #8 on the March 18 chart. From January 1 to March 19, 119 full-length albums from Canadian artists came to our attention, 47 of which were from Quebec artists, 35 from Ontario artists, and 14 from BC artists. The winter season culminated with JUNO week in Hamilton. The awards gala, celebrating the best in Canadian music for 2014, was viewed by 1.6 million. JUNO awards this year were presented in 41 categories, plus 3 special ones. Album of the Year went to Leonard Cohen for Popular Problems, Single of the Year to MAGIC! for “Rude”, and Alanis Morissette was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame.



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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in 2015 News, News


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