A slew of new albums will be out tonight. EDM fans can, in the meantime, enjoy the triple album of club bangers, Let’s Live, by Miss Tara which is out now. Other tidbits and newsy items include the following.
Alanis Morissette‘s former manager has admitted to stealing over 5 million dollars from her and more than a million dollars from other celebs. By pleading guilty to the charges, he expects to serve less jail time.
The People’s Choice Awards recently took place. Interestingly, no Canadians won in the music categories, but a few won in acting. Ryan Reynolds, the Vancouverite who chooses to speak with a Chicago accent, was chosen Favourite Movie Actor. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was picked Favourite Premium Series Actor. Toronto’s Lilly Singh was selected Favourite YouTube Star.
Commonwealth sisters Carly Rae Jepsen, Lorde, and Charli XCX recently circulated this photo on Twitter facetiously expressing a yearning to form a “hot girl band”. Charli XCX plans to release a new album in May, Lorde sometime this year, and Carly is working on new music as well.
Michael Bublé has pulled out from hosting the BRIT Awards to take care of his child diagnosed with cancer. It is unknown at this point whether he will host the JUNOs. Nominations for the JUNO Awards will be announced February 7.
Music Canada’s Gold and Platinum Awards Program recently certified Coleman Hell‘s “Fireproof” a platinum single. The Weeknd‘s Starboy album has been upgraded to platinum. Country star Tebey can holster a gold single thanks to “Wake Me Up”.
Danielle Marie is a relatively new country artist from White Rock, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver. Her 2015 album Here Right Now was well received. Danielle has collaborated with Scotty “Chops” Cooke, known for his work with Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith, and Cold Creek County. Danielle has opened for or shared festivals with the likes of George Canyon, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Dallas Smith, and High Valley. She is generating buzz with her new single “I Wanna Go There” which sounds just great. We have embedded a video of Marie talking about her new single below.
CARAS, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has announced the 2017 recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, and her name is … Buffy Sainte-Marie. The award, which will be presented in conjunction with the JUNO Awards in Ottawa this year, “recognizes an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada and/or whose impact can be felt worldwide.” It is named after the founder of the CHUM broadcast network, most notably Toronto radio station 1050 CHUM which launched in 1954. Waters committed the network to community and public service initiatives. The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award has been given out annually since 2006. Past winners in chronological order are Bruce Cockburn, Tom Jackson, Paul Brandt, Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, Neil Young, Simple Plan, Tom Cochrane, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, Rush, Arcade Fire, and now Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Buffy has had a long and successful career spanning half a century. She was chosen as a recipient this year, as it was felt she “exemplifies the essence of humanitarianism through her dedication to protecting indigenous communities and indigenous intellectual property, which have been at the epicentre of her lifelong activism”. Sainte-Marie was born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan. In 1964, she became well-known for anti-war peace anthem “Universal Soldier,” which has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1969, she founded The Nihewan Foundation for Native American Education. Her 1976 hit song “Starwalker”, which she dedicated to the American Indigenous Movement marked the first time Aboriginal and pop music were combined, and with Sainte-Marie dubbing it ‘powwow rock’ she created a new genre. She was a regular on children’s television series Sesame Street from 1975 to 1980. At the Bahá’í World Congress in New York 1992, Buffy appeared in the musical event prelude.
Her list of awards is impressive. As noted by CARAS, in addition to an Academy Award (Best Original Song) for “Up Where We Belong,” “Sainte-Marie is also the recipient of four JUNO Awards, a Golden Globe, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, a BAFTA Award, multiple Queen’s Jubilee Medals and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. She carries the Order of Canada and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame.” Her songs have been covered by a slew of A-listers including Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Céline Dion, Cher and Indigo Girls.
Sainte-Marie’s most recent album Power in the Blood (2015) won 2016 JUNO Awards for Aboriginal Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. It also took the Polaris Music Prize.
The UK’s Ed Sheeran has dethroned The Weeknd from #1 on the Canadian Hot 100. “Starboy” drops to No. 3. His album, though, is king of the Albums Chart this week. DVBBS is back on the Hot 100 with “Not Going Home” #99 which features Dutch singer Gia Koka. Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” reaches a new chart peak at #25. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” reigns supreme on both the Hot 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts followed by his “Castle on the Hill” at #2. “Starboy” is the top Canadian entry on the Hot Digital Songs chart at #8.
On both Hot 100 Airplay and All-Format Airplay, “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 is perched at the summit. Alessia Cara has the most spun Canadian song; “Scars to Your Beautiful” is No. 3 at Hot 100 Airplay and No. 4 at All-Format. New on the Emerging Canadian Artists Top 30 are Jazz Cartier (“Tempted”) #23 and James Barker Band (“Just Sayin'”) #28. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is tops there unsurprisingly.
“Side to Side” by Ariana Grande continues its rule on CHR while “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber is #4 this week. “Waste a Moment” by Kings of Leon sits on top at rock radio with “Picturing Love” by July Talk still at #3. Country radio digs Blake Shelton’s “A Guy with a Girl” best and favours Canada’s Chad Brownlee with “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” at No. 7. Bruno Mars rules AC with “24K Magic” with the top Canuck tune being Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better” at #6. Hot AC has Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” at the zenith and Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #4.
Nielsen shines the artist spotlight this week on Tavish Crowe. Attending Handsworth Secondary School in the District of North Vancouver, he was hired by Carly Rae Jepsen as a guitarist for her backing band after he graduated. He received a co-credit for her smash “Call Me Maybe” currently the 4th best-selling single of all-time globally. Tavish has released his own single as a soloist called “Fire”, and it has debuted on the Hot AC Airplay chart at No. 50.
Nominations for the 2017 BRIT Awards recognizing the best in British music are out, and three Canadians make the international categories. Drake receives two – one for Male Soloist and one for Group, thanks to his pairing with Future. The Weeknd also makes Male Soloist along with the late Leonard Cohen.
The kind of music Britain is known for seems to pass up for what makes it look like an American awards show with a lot of nods towards urban music. In the Album of the Year category are two rap albums and an R&B one. British women are shut out from that category and pick up only one of 10 nominations for Single of the Year (Little Mix, though it should be mentioned that Grace Chatto is one of three in Clean Bandit). It is not known whether nominations for David Bowie and Leonard Cohen are based on sentiment for honouring the deceased or on actual quality. We’ll see how things go at the gala February 22 at the O2 Arena in London UK. Canada’s Michael Bublé was booked to host; however, he has cancelled to take care of his child who was diagnosed with cancer. You can check out the BRIT nominations here.
2007 were trying times, especially in British Columbia. The domed roof of BC Place Stadium in Vancouver collapsed. At YVR airport, Robert Dziekański was tasered to death by the RCMP. In the suburbs, a high-rise apartment was the scene of the Surrey Six slayings. The first incident of a severed foot washed up on the BC coast. But it wasn’t all bad news. At a Calgary Flames game, young Cree singer Akina Shirt became the first to perform “O Canada” in an Aboriginal language at a major-league sporting event. Media magnate Conrad Black was convicted on three charges of fraud.
The highest grossing film of the year was Spider Man 3 followed by Shrek the Third. American Idol continued its reign at the top of Nielsen television ratings. Brian Melo won Canadian Idol. The Billboard Canadian Hot 100 debuted. Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” and Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right” were huge hits internationally.
Two quadruple platinum Canadian artist albums appeared in 2007: Céline Dion’s Taking Chances and Michael Bublé’s Call Me Irresponsible. At double platinum were Avril Lavigne’s The Best Damn Thing, Feist’s The Reminder which won the Album of the Year JUNO, Céline Dion’s D’Elles, and Johnny Reid’s Kicking Stones. Also reaching the certification level were two duet albums: Anne Murray’s Duets, Friends, and Legends and Claude Dubois’ Duos Dubois.
1997 was a year that saw massive flooding of the Red River in Manitoba. Confederation bridge linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick opened. Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident. Fourteen-year-old Reena Virk was beaten to death by classmates in Victoria. 43 were killed in Canada’s worst ever traffic accident as a tour bus fell off a cliff. Canadian film The Sweet Hereafter by Atom Egoyan about a school bus accident debuted. Motion picture Titanic by Canada’s James Cameron premiered at the cinema in December eventually setting a box office record which remained unbroken for 12 years. The Arrow, a mini-series about the Avro Arrow project, gained a large television viewership. Television comedy series Seinfeld topped the Nielsen ratings.
“Building a Mystery” by Sarah McLachlan was the #1 song of the year. Her album Surfacing was certified diamond (or 10x platinum) for sales of 1 million copies and won the Album of the Year JUNO the following year. Céline Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love which included “My Heart Will Go On” featured in the aforementioned film Titanic also went diamond. It won the same JUNO in 1999. Our Lady Peace released Clumsy, another diamond album. But surpassing all of them, reaching two million in sales, and becoming one of the most globally successful albums ever released, was Shania Twain’s Come on Over. 1997 saw the release of more Canadian albums certified multiplatinum than any other year in history with a total of 13. It was possibly the biggest year ever for album sales. Other big sellers were Loreena McKennitt’s The Book of Secrets at quadruple platinum. Play by Great Big Sea made triple platinum.
Double platinum albums in 1997 were Big Wreck’s In Loving Memory Of…, Bruno Pelletier’s Miserer, Chantalk Kreviazuk’s Under These Rocks and Stones, Diana Krall’s Love Scenes, Jann Arden’s Happy?, The Tea Party’s Transmission, and The Tragically Hip’s Live Between Us.
1987 was the year that witnessed the city of Frobisher Bay change its name to Iqaluit. Rick Hansen returned home to Vancouver after his Man in Motion world tour. The one dollar coin was introduced, often called the loonie. Quebec City was the first municipality in North America to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Edmonton had a summer tornado that killed 27 while Montreal had a flood. Hockey player Sidney Crosby and actress Ellen Page were born. Actor Lorne Greene and author Margaret Laurence passed away. Stock markets around the world fell after the USA’s dropped 22.6%. An underground fire at King’s Cross Tube Station in London, UK killed 31 people.
In entertainment, the first Final Fantasy video game came out. Three Men and a Baby was tops at the cinema followed by Fatal Attraction. Television viewers tuned into The Cosby Show and its spinoff A Different World. “La Bamba” by Los Lobos was the most popular song of the year.
Seven albums by Canadian artists in 1987 eventually struck multiplatinum. Debut album Outskirts by Blue Rodeo, helped by hit single “Try”, was the highest at quadruple platinum followed by Bryan Adams’ Into the Fire at triple platinum. As there were no JUNO Awards held in 1988, Robbie Robertson’s self-titled LP, his first as a soloist, had to wait two years to win the Album of the Year trophy. Other double platinum works besides Robbie’s were Céline Dion’s Incognito, Michel Rivard’s Un Trou Dans Les Nuages, Rita MacNeil’s Flying on Your Own, and The Tragically Hip’s debut, eponymous mini-album. It’s interesting that the musical style on most (not all) of these is not what we normally think of as “80s music”.
1977 was the year that saw the first Star Wars film, now called A New Hope. It completely smashed all box office records becoming the highest grossing film of all time. Television viewers tuned in to watch Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, and Three’s Company. Debby Boone was all over the radio airwaves with her megahit “You Light Up My Life”. Toys Micronauts and Mattel’s hand-held game electronic football were selling like hotcakes. New York City had a blackout that lasted 25 hours and resulted in looting. The United States returned the Panama Canal to Panama. And the first Apple II computers went on sale.
Five Canadian albums released in 1977, yes, that’s 40 years ago, struck double platinum: Angele Arsenault‘s Libre, Burton Cummings‘ My Own Way to Rock, Raffi‘s More Singable Songs, Triumph‘s Rock ‘n Roll Machine, and, winning the Album of the Year Juno the following year, Dan Hill‘s Longer Fuse. 1977 certainly doesn’t win any awards for album covers. They were shaggy. They were sweaty. But as we know, it’s what’s under the covers that rocks.
New releases are usually scant from mid-December to mid-January. Things are set to pick up January 20. We do have a few new works at this point. Montreal early music collective Ensemble La Cigale has the first album of 2017 with January 6th’s Up in the Morning Early. It is instrumental baroque music from Celtic countries and offers us light and beautiful sounds. Its cover is fitting given Chinese New Year on January 28 ushering in the year of the rooster.
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings’ Stephen Fearing, born in Vancouver, gives us absolutely gorgeous singer-songwriter album Every Soul’s a Sailor. There’s a nice mixture of crisp, cool laid back numbers and more rollicking ones with varying degrees of roots and blues present. It is a rich, beautiful album that should please a wide spectrum of music lovers due to its quality.
Vaultry is a gifted band from Victoria. The new album Eulogy is quite impressive, essentially rock with alternative seasoning and atmospheric textures.
Toronto Billboard Hot 100 charting pop-rock duo USS, or Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, has managed to scale up to #2 on the iTunes albums chart with New World Alphabet.
New Brunswick’s Measha Brueggergosman specializes in gospel/inspirational music, and covers some of the classics of the genre on album Songs of Freedom.
Debut album To Bring You My Heart appears from Vancouver female trio The Katherines. It is a strong first release with lots of pleasing alternative pop tunes.
Also from Vancouver is rapper Moka Only. He was a collaborator and brief member of Swollen Members. His new solo record is called To the Next Season.
Barrie, Ontario duo Jupiter Hollow does a very good job at hard prog-rock on EP Odyssey. Have fun with this one!
A number of new singles are out, many of them heralding upcoming albums, and, as many sites have, we talked recently about the new track from Kiesza. Topping the musique Francophone songs chart at iTunes is the new song from rising young star Lenni-Kim, “Don’t Stop”. It is a bilingual pop song that even rhymes French words with English ones! We have embedded the sizzling neon lyric video below which has already surpassed 200,000 views.
Enjoy the new music.
BILLBOARD CANADIAN HOT 100
The Weeknd’s “Starboy” spends its 7th week at #1, Virginia to Vegas’ “Lights Out” achieves a new peak position at #40. Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” also reaches a new peak position at #27. The lone new entry from a Canadian artist is “Let You Go Away” from Vancouver’s Shaun Frank. Shaun was one of the 14 Canadian artists who debuted on the chart in 2016. He did this with Canadian singer Delaney Jane in song “La La Land”. The new song features the vocals of Ashe who is from San Diego, USA. It enters the Hot 100 at #96. The music video has surpassed 4 million views.
HOT DIGITAL SONGS
“Closer” by The Chainsmokers is tops here followed by The Weeknd’s “Starboy”.
HOT 100 AIRPLAY
Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” takes honours here. The top Canadian entry is The Weeknd’s “Starboy” at #4.
As no albums from popular artists have been released the past couple weeks, there is nothing new. The Weeknd’s Starboy album is at #1 followed by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, and Drake’s Views.
EMERGING CANADIAN ARTISTS
The Weeknd, still considered an emerging artist, is at the summit of the chart with “Starboy”. Nielsen Music shone the spotlight on emerging artist Christian Hudson with a newsletter feature whose debut single “Four Leaf Clover” has hit AC radio. He’s a talented new artist from Airdrie, AB which is just north of Calgary. Hudson is currently working on his debut EP.
The most spun track of the week at Canadian radio across all formats was “Closer” by the Chainsmokers. Top Canadian artist entry is The Weeknd’s “Starboy” at #3.
CONTEMPORARY HIT RADIO
Ariana Grande is queen of the CHR airwaves with “Side to Side”. “Starboy” is at #2.
Kings of Leon crowns rock with “Waste a Moment”. July Talk’s “Picturing Love” is 3rd.
Brett Eldredge can hang his hat here with “Wanna Be That Song”. The top Canuck is Chad Brownlee for “Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do” at #7.
ADULT CONTEMPORARY AIRPLAY
Bruno Mars charms AC radio with “24K Magic”. Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better” settles for 5th.
HOT AC AIRPLAY
Bruno Mars is hot here too with his “24K Magic”. Alessia Cara is the top Canadian thanks to “Scars to Your Beautiful” at #4.
From its launch in mid-2007 to the present time, we have ranked the 40 biggest hits by domestic artists on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 using a points system. Total points were determined by subtracting each weekly chart position from 101 and then totalling the results. We have not included songs that were already on the Hot 100 when it launched. We have also excluded songs currently on the chart. Included are Canadian artist songs whether the Canadian was the main, co-credited, or featured artist.
The Hot 100 is a combination of success on radio as well as digital downloads from the public, all within Canada. The chart below also includes the peak chart position achieved, date the peak was reached, and the total number of weeks the song spent on the charts. Those that reached #1 have the peak in a red box. Those that spent at least one full year (52 weeks) have a yellow box. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” reigns supreme both in terms of points and weeks spend on the Hot 100 (74 weeks, highlighted in an orange box). Did your favourite Canadian song make the all-time Top 40? Click to enlarge.
Calgary’s Kiesza, best known for global smash “Hideaway” (double platinum in Canada), and recipient of 3 JUNO Awards including one for excellent album Sound of a Woman (Dance Recording of the Year), has released the first major-artist single of the new year. She has stepped away from her house music sound, inspired by early 90s acts like Robin S, into more of a 70s-funk vibe reminiscent of Nile Rodgers’ work with acts like Chic. It does sound fresh as well and if it becomes popular may very well set the tone for 2017. With Carly Rae Jepsen supposedly crafting a Saturday Night Fever inflected sound for her next album, a late-70s comeback may just happen. In any event, “Dearly Beloved”, released simultaneously with a music video (view it below), has the copper curled dynamo in an empty white space that echoes THX-1138 strumming a guitar in a baggy, iridescent outfit busting some moves. It is clean, stylish, and fun.
Nielsen Music has released a year-end report for 2016. Now we have the actual numbers of album and tracks sales. You can read the whole report here. Some highlights below. Total consumption refers to full albums purchased (whether digital or physical) plus track equivalent albums (10 tracks is equivalent to 1 album) and streaming equivalent albums (1,500 streams is equivalent to 1 album).
TOP ALBUMS BY TOTAL CONSUMPTION
1. Views by Drake, 457,000 units
2. 25 by Adele, 266,000 units
3. Purpose by Justin Bieber, 240,000 units
4. Blurryface by Twenty-One Pilots, 172,000 units
5. Starboy by The Weeknd, 171,000 units
6. Anti by Rihanna, 170,000 units.
7. This Is Acting by Sia, 169,000 units.
8. Encore un soir by Celine Dion, 140,000 units.
9. Lemonade by Beyoncé, 138,000 units.
10. Collage by The Chainsmokers, 136,000 units.
TOP ALBUMS BY SALES
1. Views by Drake, 196,000 copies
2. 25 by Adele, 196,000 copies
3. Encore un soir by Celine Dion, 134,000 copies
4. You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, 106,000 copies
5. Hardwired to Self-Destruct by Metallica, 103,000 copies
6. Lemonade by Beyoncé, 101,000 copies
7. Purpose by Justin Bieber, 92,000 copies
8. Starboy by The Weeknd, 79,000 copies
9. Yer Favourites by The Tragically Hip, 75,000 copies
10. Blurryface by Twenty-One Pilots, 73,000 copies
TOP DIGITAL SONGS
1. Cheap Thrills by Sia, 367,000
2. 7 Years by Lukas Graham, 326,000
3. One Dance by Drake, 323,000
4. I Took a Pill in Ibiza, 303,000
5. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, 293,000
6. Stressed Out by Twenty-One Pilots, 283,000
7. Closer by The Chainsmokers, 276,000
8. My House by Flo Rida, 271,000
9. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber, 258,000
10. Cake by the Ocean by DNCE, 244,000
A number of Canadian artist singles made it onto 2016’s year-end charts in various countries. Not all countries have charts and only some who have them formulate annual ones. We looked at charts in the major Anglo country markets (Canada itself, the USA, UK, and Australia) and at Japan which is #2 in the world. In Canada itself, 32 of the Top 100 for the year were by or featured a homegrown artist. This is a new record in Canadian chart history. In the USA, there are 26 Canadian artist entries, 16 in the UK, and 14 in Australia. In Japan where, obviously, Japanese language songs are preferred, four songs from two Canuck label-mates made it into the year-end Top 100.
In the table below, you can see all Canadian artist songs that made it into at least one of the charts in the five countries. Canadian artists had the #1 song of the year in three of them (and all 3 are different songs). Canadians preferred Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” (they are stereotyped as being polite), while Americans went for “Love Yourself” (they are typecast as having narcissistic tendencies). The Brits favoured Drake’s “One Dance” (perhaps they’re asking for one more dance with Europe pre-Brexit) which was the top Canadian entry on the Australian chart at #2. Aussie artist Flume’s “Never Be Like You” which features Kai was 4th of the year down under. “One Dance” and “Treat You Better” were the most agreed upon in the four countries where they made the charts, as the positions were quite comparable. “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake was a much bigger hit in the States (#4) than in Australia (#40). Carly Rae Jepsen continues to sweep the Japanese off their feet. “Call Me Maybe”, now over five years old, still made it onto the 2016 year-end chart. “I Really Like You” finished 6th in 2015 and squeaked into the 2016 chart as well (#95).
As Billboard’s website is now publishing the entire Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart (previously it listed only the top 50), the CMB will no longer be listing the Canadian artist entries on the chart each week. However, we will provide weekly updates with some of the highlights on the various Canadian charts from Nielsen.
This week, The Weeknd’s “Starboy” continues at #1 on the Hot 100. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can now claim a hit single, as “You’re Welcome” enters at #98. Dwayne has dual citizenship, so we can absolutely claim him. Entering at #99 is “Marching Bands” from Halifax EDM group Neon Dreams featuring multiple JUNO award winner Kardinal Offishall. The Chainsmokers edge out “Starboy” (#2) to claim the digital song sales title with “Closer”.
The Weeknd’s Starboy album reigns supreme on the Canadian Albums chart. The top Franco album is the reissue of Harmonium’s 1976 classic L’Heptade at #22 this week. Over the course of its 40-year history, the LP has sold in excess of 400,000 copies.
Regarding airplay, “Starboy” is tops at CHR. At Hot AC, Bruno Mars is #1 with “24K Magic”. The top Canadian entry is “Starboy” at #4. Sia is #1 at AC radio for “Cheap Thrills”. The top Canadian artist track is “Treat You Better” from Shawn Mendes at #6 overall. Brett Eldredge’s “Wanna Be That Song” crowns country airplay. The top Canadian is Aaron Goodvin’s “Woman in Love” at #8. Aaron is from Spirit River, a small town in northern Alberta. He now resides in Nashville, US writing for Warner Chappell Music. Kings of Leon is king of rock with “Waste A Moment”. Canadian group July Talk is at #2 with “Picturing Love” this week.