Ontario indigenous artist Logan Staats tops iTunes Canada with “The Lucky Ones (The Launch)”. CTV’s much hyped The Launch … launched … January 10, a six-part television series, in which five promising new artists showcase their vocals on cover songs. Two finalists are selected, and big-name mentors prep them to compete through the performance of a song that will, within 48 hours, be released as a single. Advisers for Episode 1 were Shania Twain (as main mentor), Scott Borchetta, and busbee. Logan was chosen over fellow finalist Vivian Hicks for his soulful treatment of song “The Lucky Ones”. Released as a single, the track skyrocketed to the summit of iTunes surging past Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, and Justin Timberlake. Staats is from Six Nations, Ontario. Performances from the two finalists embedded below.
Meghan Patrick releases her sophomore album Country Music Made Me Do It. The Ontarian 2017 CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner has served the public her second country delicacy, and it has been well received, landing a spot in the iTunes Top 10 and receiving a score of 9/10 over at Exclaim! Magazine.
The Weeknd takes offence to H&M advertisement stating he will no longer be sponsoring the brand. The Stefan Persson (personal net worth $18.9 billion) retail clothier shot a promo photo of a hoodie that reads, “Coolest monkey in the jungle.” Because it was worn by a non-White child, many chose to take offence including The Weeknd, who had formerly inked a deal with the company to model for them and develop pieces under his XO brand. Now regarding H&M as the uncoolest monkey in the jungle, he remarked on Twitter, “Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. I’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore…”
Alessia Cara will be performing at the 2018 United States’ Grammy Awards on January 28. The Ontario native has been nominated for three awards. She will be joining Khalid and Logic to deliver song “1-800-273-8255”. The shindig is to take place in New York City this year.
Two Canadian acts are nominated for 2018 BRIT Awards. The United Kingdom’s JUNOs, The Brits, recently unmasked the 2018 nominations. There are three international award categories and two of them have a Canadian artist in the running. Up for Best International Group is Arcade Fire and International Male Solo Artist is Drake.
Multiplatinum Albertan Jann Arden is releasing new album These Are the Days in mid-March. Jann joins a number of artists with album release dates set for the next few months: Grounders, Mild & Bone, Bahamas, Dumas, The Sheepdogs, Gord Bamford, Adrian Underhill, Hubert Lenoir, Jonathan Kawchuk, Good Lovelies, Séba et Horg, Cadence Weapon, The Fugitives, Leaving Thomas, Collette Savard, The Jim Cuddy Band, Grand Analog, Zaki Ibrahim, Ellen Doty, Suuns, Born Ruffians, U.S. Girls, Ought, Young Galaxy, and many more!
Find below a list of all songs by or featuring a Canadian artist that made it into the year-end Top 100 of Canada (17), The United Kingdom (10), Australia (11), The United States (12), and Japan (3). It is interesting to note that Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” was biggest in Australia where it finished 10th of the year. Aussies also liked “Stay” with Alessia Cara more than the other countries. Brits preferred Drake’s “Passionfruit” over the other nations, while Americans had it in for “Both” featuring the rapper. Enjoy the table below.
|Despacito||Ft. Justin Bieber||2||2||2||2|
|There’s Nothing Holdin’…||Shawn Mendes||16||16||10||23|
|Stay||Zedd & Alessia Cara||22||37||14||17||66|
|I Feel It Coming||The Weeknd||23||66||39||34|
|Let Me Love You||Ft. Justin Bieber||41||46|
|2U||Ft. Justin Bieber||54||64||69|
|Scars To Your Beautiful||Alessia Cara||70||87||30|
|Treat You Better||Shawn Mendes||71||92|
|Friends||J. Bieber + BloodPop||83||93||63|
|Reminding Me||Shawn Hook||86|
|Party Monster||The Weeknd||91|
|What Do You Mean?||Justin Bieber||21|
|How Far I’ll Go||Alessia Cara||76|
|Never Be Like You||Ft. Kai||97|
It’s pouring rain right now in Vancouver, as we read some news stories that got 2018 off to a bizarre start. But we came across some very good news and a portent of wonderful things to come in terms of the year’s music. Calgarian singer and songwriter Sykamore has opened 2018 in music with a wonderful new EP called Self + Medicine. It is essentially country, but she also sifts in some pop and adult contemporary. Hear her syrupy vocals on track “Better Half” in the new MV embedded below. The new disc follows 2013 album Petal which was more on the folk side. iTunes
Nielsen Music Canada has come out with a year-end report for 2017 and we post some highlights below.
Top Canadian Artists by Consumption
1. Drake, 505,000
2. The Weeknd, 266,000
3. The Tragically Hip, 203,000
4. Shania Twain, 168,000
5. Shawn Mendes, 132,000
6. Arcade Fire, 100,000
7. Justin Bieber, 94,000
8. Nickelback, 90,000
9. Leonard Cohen, 87,000
10. Bryan Adams, 85,000
Top 10 Albums by Total Consumption
(Album Sales + TEA + SEA)
1. Divide by Ed Sheeran, 501,000
2. More Life by Drake, 257,000
3. Damn by Kendrick Lamar, 209,000
4. Starboy by The Weeknd, 190,000
5. Reputation by Taylor Swift, 178,000
6. Evolve by Imagine Dragons, 157,000
7. Memories… by The Chainsmokers, 146,000
8. Beautiful Trauma by P!nk, 140,000
9. Stoney by Post Malone, 137,000
10. Hardwired… by Metallica, 127,000
Top 10 Albums by Sales Only
1. Divide by Ed Sheeran, 200,000
2. Reputation by Taylor Swift, 128,000
3. Hardwired… by Metallica, 112,000
4. Beautiful Trauma by P!nk, 109,000
5. Now by Shania Twain, 106,000
6. Everything Now by Arcade Fire, 68,000
7. Agnus Dei by Mario Pelchat & Les Pretres, 60,000
8. Damn by Kendrick Lamar, 59,000
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack, 58,000
10. Evolve by Imagine Dragons, 56,000
Top 10 Albums by CD Sales
1. Now by Shania Twain, 100,000
2. Divide by Ed Sheeran, 89,000
3. Hardwired… Metallica, 87,000
4. Beautiful Trauma by P!ink, 83,000
5. Reputation by Taylor Swift, 62,000
6. Agnus Dei by Mario Pelchat & Les Pretres, 59,000
7. Everything Now by Arcade Fire, 54,000
8. Noel Ensemble by Mario Pelchat Presente Les Pretres, 47,000
9. Witness by Katy Perry, 43,000
10. Icon by Bryan Adams, 41,000
Top 10 Digital Tracks by Total Consumption
1. Despacito by Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber, 1,128,000
2. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, 1, 024, 000
3. Unforgettable by French Montana Ft. Swae Lee, 508,000
4. Believer by Imagine Dragons, 491,000
5. Humble by Kendrick Lamar, 481,000
6. Something Just Like This by Chainsmokers & Coldplay, 472,000
7. It Ain’t Me by Kygo & Selena Gomez, 456,000
8. Rockstar by Post Malone Ft. 21 Savage, 455,000
9. Perfect by Ed Sheeran, 430,000
10. I’m the One by DJ Khaled Ft Justin Bieber et al. 425,000
Top 10 Digital Track Sales
1. Despacito by Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber, 501,000
2. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, 436,000
3. Believer by Imagine Dragons, 235,000
4. Something Just Like This by Chainsmokers & Coldplay, 200,000
5. Perfect by Ed Sheeran, 194,000
6. Rockabye by Clean Bandit, 170,000
7. Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran, 170,000
8. It Ain’t Me by Kygo & Selena Gomez, 166,000
9. Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt, 162,000
10. Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur, 149,000
Top 10 Canadian Artists by Airplay
1. The Weeknd, 269,000
2. Shawn Mendes, 223,000
3. Hedley, 206,000
4. Drake, 171,000
5. Alessia Cara, 136,000
6. Virginia to Vegas, 117,000
7. Dallas Smith, 114,000
8. Shawn Hook, 103,000
9. Serena Ryder, 96,000
10. Dean Brody, 89,000
On December 1, 2017, CMB readers were invited to vote for the best music of the year in three polls. Voting was open daily through the month. The polls are now closed, and it is time to reveal the winners. The race was extremely close, so close in fact that one of the polls has a tie!
Best #1 Album of 2017
The year saw five 2017 Canadian albums reach the top of the charts. They were
Everything Now by Arcade Fire
Introduce Yerself by Gord Downie
More Life by Drake
Now by Shania Twain
La Science Du Coeur by Pierre Lapointe
And the winner is … Now by Shania Twain!
Best Track of 2017
Fou by Andréanne A. Malette
Kamikaze by Patrice Michaud
Reminder by The Weeknd
Signs by Drake
There’s Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes
And the winner is … Kamikaze by Patrice Michaud!
2017’s Best Collaborative Single
Despacito, Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
Friends, Justin Bieber + BloodPop
Reminding Me, Shawn Hook Ft. Vanessa Hudgens
Stay, Alessia Cara & Zedd
2U, David Guetta Ft. Justin Bieber
And the winner is … It’s a tie! Despacito, Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber and Reminding Me, Shawn Hook Ft. Vanessa Hudgens!
In a year filled with disillusionment and uncertainty, Canadian recording artists in general kept things optimistic offering hope and assurance for a better future. The word utopia titled a Serena Ryder album and an Austra song. But besides future politics, there was also focus on the present, care of Now by Shania Twain and Everything Now by Arcade Fire. Recording artists also ensured we were reminded of the past thanks to The Weeknd‘s “Reminder” and Shawn Hook‘s “Reminding Me”.
The Singles That Sizzled Slid in Numbers
The domestic charts did not see the appearance of as much homegrown talent as in the past; many blamed this on streaming. Debut entries on the weekly Billboard Canadian Hot 100 dropped from 106 in 2016 to 72 in 2017, a 47% loss. Main artists represented in these were 40 last year and 32 this year. Artists who debuted on the chart for the first time slipped from 14 in 2016 to 11 this year (see below). The number of weekly Canadian artist entries (whether as the main or lone featured artist) averaged 26 in 2016 but only 16 in 2017. By the end of the year, the final Billboard Canadian Hot 100 weekly chart contained only 6 Canadian artist entries plus one with a featured Canuck, the lowest in the history of the chart. Whereas five songs involving Canadians reached the top in 2016, only one managed the feat this year, “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber. Peaking within the Top 40 were 47 Canadian artist songs in 2016 sliding to 34 this year.
The most successful maple glazed song according to the year-end Hot 100 was the aforementioned “Despacito” at #2. The Weeknd‘s “Starboy” was the most successful with a Canadian as the main artist. The song was #32 for 2016 and #6 for 2017. An impressive 32 entries representing 13 artists made the year-end chart of 2016 plummeting to a dreary 17 entries representing only 6 artists for 2017.
Before the streaming era, it was not uncommon for a French language Canadian song to appear on the weekly Hot 100. Times have changed; 2017 had none. Among those appearing on the year-end CKOI Top 50 were “Une p’tite bière by Anthony Gaudet (#21) and “J’pas stressée” by Roxane Bruneau (#24).
Smell What First-Time Charting Artists Cooked
While Eleven proved the coolest girl on television (Stranger Things), 11 Canadian artists made the Hot 100 for the first time through 2017. They were 88Glam, Aaron Goodvin, Baka Not Nice, Charlotte Cardin, James Barker Band, Jazz Cartier, Jessie Reyez, NAV, and Neon Dreams. Two Canadian actors enjoying a stint at singing joined them. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson spent eight weeks on the chart with “You’re Welcome” from animated feature film Moana. Rachel McAdams’ former beau Ryan Gosling made the chart for one week only c/o “City of Stars” from La La Land. “Some Way” by NAV featuring The Weeknd was the most successful of the new Canadian artist entries peaking at #31.
The Albums That Aced
The only Canadian artist album released in 2017 to be certified multiplatinum by the end of the year was Drake‘s More Life (double platinum) which was #3 on the year-end Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Twenty-six 2017 Canadian albums peaked in the weekly Top 10 through the year which is way down from 36 last year. Five of these made it to #1, down from eight in 2016.
The 2017 JUNO Awards gala, a 150-minute affair, celebrated 150 years since Confederation. The event held April 2 saw a sold-out crowd of 13,000, including the Governor General, in Ottawa, applaud recipients of awards and cheer on performances amidst visually stunning display panels. The event was co-hosted by international comedic superstar Russell Peters and diamond rocker Bryan Adams (“Brussell”), both filling in for the initially booked Michael Bublé who pulled out to take care of his son who is going through cancer. Most of the awards were doled out at the dinner and awards ceremony the previous evening.
The JUNO award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year went to Ruth B, Fan Choice Shawn Mendes, Single of the Year “Spirits” by The Strumbellas, Francophone Album of the Year XO by Laurence Nerbonne, and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year Wonderland by Sarah McLachlan who was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame. Kiss Me Quiet by Jess Moskaluke was named Country Album of the Year. Alessia Cara won Pop Album of the Year for Know It All. Leonard Cohen‘s You Want It Darker was declared Album of the Year.
The 2018 JUNO Awards recognizing the best of 2017 Canadian music will be held in Vancouver March 25, 2018.
Few JUNO galas go off without a controversial hitch. Following some criticism of this year’s affair, it was announced that CTV would no longer be broadcasting the event; the honours will now be done by the CBC.
The Quebec music industry awards where the bulk of Canada’s musique francophone receives honours took place in the fall. Klô Pelgag was the big winner winning Critics’ Choice Album of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year (L’Étoile thoracique). Daniel Bélanger took Pop Album of the Year (Paloma). Patrice Michaud‘s “Kamikaze” was named Song of the Year.
♦ The biggest, though underreported, news story of the year was that Canada became the world’s sixth largest music industry/market surpassing its commonwealth cousin Australia. Out of close to 200 countries, Canada can now boast more clout than all but The United States, Japan, The United Kingdom, Germany, and France.
♦ Alanis Morissette‘s former manager admitted to stealing over 5 million dollars from her and more than a million dollars from other celebrities. By pleading guilty to the charges, he expected to serve less jail time.
♦ Carly Rae Jepsen performed the National Anthem at the 62nd annual all-star game of the National Hockey League. During the weekend’s festivities, Robin Thicke honoured his Canadian father actor Alan Thicke who had recently passed away.
♦ Speaking of Carly, Billboard magazine awarded her song “Call Me Maybe” as having the #1 greatest chorus of all songs in the 21st century. The Top 100 ranking included maple glazed entries Celine Dion’s “That’s the Way It is” at 80th; Avril Lavigne‘s “Girlfriend” at #62 and “Sk8er Boi” at #22; Justin Bieber’s “Baby” was 55th. The “Call Me Maybe” music video sped past 1 billion views on YouTube in 2017. The Biebs also climbed up to a new plateau securing 100 million followers on Twitter.
♦ Alessia Cara hosted the February 4th Saturday Night Live show and later in the year was nominated for four Grammy Awards in the States.
♦ HMV shut down all operations in Canada leaving many without a nearby record store. Sunrise Records trotted in to the rescue opening locations nationwide including many spaces formerly occupied by HMV.
♦ Drake became the first Canadian artist in history to score a diamond single. The gold/platinum program at Music Canada awarded “One Dance” diamond certification which is equivalent to 10x platinum or 800,000 units. The units are determined by the sale of digital downloads and streaming at the rate of 150 streams equivalent to 1 unit. “One Dance” is not an original composition but a reworking of “Do You Mind” by Crazy Cousinz and Kyla.
♦ One diamond certification was awarded to a Canadian artist album in 2017, albeit an older work. The Tragically Hip‘s Road Apples (1991) became the group’s third album to chalk the milestone joining already diamond-certified discs Up to Here and Fully Completely.
♦ Frontman of The Tragically Hip Gord Downie succumbed to glioblastoma (brain cancer). He was 53.
♦ Another loss was Patrick Bourgeois, singer of multiplatinum Canadian band Les BB who passed away from cancer at 55.
♦ Attracting 50% of the vote among the four finalists, 24-year-old Ludovick Bourgeois of Lorraine, QC was crowned the 2017 winner of The Voice, Season 5.
♦ The flagship Canada Day concert took place as usual on Parliament Hill with the impressive lineup of Alessia Cara, Cirque du Soleil, Dean Brody, Gordon Lightfoot, Kelly Bado, Kinnie Star, Lisa Leblanc, Louis-Jean Cormier, Marie-Mai, Mike Tompkins, Serena Ryder, and Walk Off the Earth.
♦ Canada’s largest record label Universal Music came under fire for its exclusion of French-language music in its Canada 150 compilation and issued an apology which was not well received.
♦ 2017 saw the uncovering of a scandalous profiteering scheme by 30-year-old Montrealer Julien Lavallee who employs high-tech means in growing his now multimillion-dollar empire to scoop up hundreds of concert tickets at lightning speed to big names like Adele, Ed Sheeran and Drake and then resell them to reap massive profits.
♦ Among this year’s inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame was musical legend Stompin’ Tom Connors. Recording artist Shawn Hook was named recipient of the Allan Slaight award which “recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry.”
♦ Shania Twain became the first homegrown artist in four years to headline the Grey Cup Halftime show. The game was played during an Ottawa snowstorm and Shania was whisked to the stage with a real dog sled team.
The Year’s Best Music
While magazines, as usual, were listing their best albums of the year based on which artists were endorsers of the brands that paid the magazines the most for advertising, the Canadian Music Blog, untouchable from such interests, revealed its favourite EPs (10), albums (25), songs (30), and music videos (10) of 2017. The CMB named Ralph‘s Ralph as EP of the Year, Louise Burns‘ Young Mopes as Album of the Year, Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Cut to the Feeling” as Song of the Year, and Grimes‘ “Venus Fly” as Music Video of the Year.
C’est quoi? Well, Montreal radio station CKOI has published a year-end Top 50 chart annually since 1976. It includes both international and Canadian and both Anglo and Franco songs. While the latter have a tough time making it onto the national charts, the CKOI chart gives us a good idea of the more popular Franco songs by year. Of all the year-end charts, this one is the most inclusive offering a very balanced presentation. There is greater variety of genres with pop, rock, dance, R&B, folk, soul, and even country. Because of this and other factors, you may find on the chart international Anglo songs that are absent from English language radio playlists. The top Canadian Franco song of 2017 on the chart is (surprise!) “Une p’tite bière” by Anthony Gaudet at #21. Canadian artists are in red. Franco songs are in blue. Of the 50, 13 involve Canadian artists, down from 18 last year.
1 – SHAPE OF YOU / ED SHEERAN
2 – KATCHI / OFENBACH
3 – DESPACITO / LUIS FONSI & JUSTIN BIEBER
4 – BELIEVER / IMAGINE DRAGONS
5 – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS / CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY
6 – BE MINE / OFENBACH
7 – SIGN OF THE TIMES / HARRY STYLES
8 – 13 / ALLAN RAYMAN
9 – TUESDAY / BURAK YETER
10 – ROCKABYE / CLEAN BANDIT & SEAN PAUL
11 – MAIN GIRL / CHARLOTTE CARDIN
12 – FEEL IT STILL / PORTUGAL THE MAN
13 – FEELS / CALVIN HARRIS
14 – NO ROOTS / ALICE MERTON
15 – PERFECT / ED SHEERAN
16 – THUNDER / IMAGINE DRAGONS
17 – ONE MORE LIGHT / LINKIN PARK
18 – UH HUH / JULIA MICHAELS
19 – REDBONE / CHILDISH GAMBINO
20 – WHAT ABOUT US / PINK
21 – UNE P’TITE BIERE / ANTHONY GAUDET
22 – DOWN / MARIAN HILL
23 – RX / THEORY OF A DEADMAN
24 – J’PAS STRESSÉE / ROXANE BRUNEAU
25 – DANCING ON MY OWN / CALUM SCOTT
26 – THERE’S NOTHING HOLDIN’ ME BACK / SHAWN MENDES
27 – ROADTRIP / LES CHIENS DE RUELLES
28 – GALWAY GIRL / ED SHEERAN
29 – SKIN / RAG’N’BONE MAN
30 – YOUNG DUMB & BROKE / KHALID
31 – T’EMBELLIS MA VIE / YANN PERREAU
32 – I FEEL IT COMING / THE WEEKND
33 – HAVANA / CAMILA CABELLO
34 – BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD / SAM HUNT
35 – DOMMAGE / BIGFLO & OLI
36 – LEGENDARY / WELSHLY ARMS
37 – HIGHWAY TUNE / GRETA VAN FLEET
38 – NOT EASY / ALEX DA KID
39 – NATION / TIBZ
40 – MALIBU / MILEY CYRUS
41 – NO WITNESS / LP
42 – FOU / ANDREANNE A. MALETTE
43 – WILD HORSES / BISHOP BRIGGS
44 – SAY YOU WON’T LET GO / JAMES ARTHUR
45 – KAMIKAZE / PATRICE MICHAUD
46 – CASTLE ON THE HILL / ED SHEERAN
47 – ONE DAY / ASAF AVIDAN
48 – IL Y A TANT A FAIRE / DANIEL BELANGER
49 – HEAR ME NOW / ALOK
50 – LAY IT ON ME / VANCE JOY
We are counting down our favourite music videos of 2017. A good music video as far as we are concerned is one that keeps one’s attention even with the sound turned off. We admire MVs that are cinematic, adventurous, fun, sentimental, clever, artistic, original, that have attractive wardrobe choices, breathtaking shots, architectural or natural wonders, or a stellar message. With high standards, we prefer MVs that are low on violence, lechery, expletives, self-mutilation, and do not display the use of toxic substances, all of which are ugly to us. We select videos that are beautiful to look at, colourful, with crisp, clear photography and brightness/contrast controls properly balanced. Below is a list of our 10 favourite Canadian MVs released in 2017. As YouTube often changes the addresses of videos, we have not embedded the MVs here but have provided links to them for your convenience. (Do note that these may become invalid in the future). As usual, we allowed only one entry per artist on the list and have provided a screen capture for each video below.
Sometimes a music video is good from what it does not include. You won’t find any depravity in this clean, beautifully shot MV from one of Canada’s finest talents in country music. It’s urban cowgirl time, and the video shows us both the urban, with views from skyscrapers in downtown Vancouver, as well as rural via horses in their stables. The video combined with the song gives you a nice warm fuzzy feeling. Link.
We love the details in this; there is lots to look at. We get to see Scott at work designing his single cover artwork by hand. As well is the singer and his band recording the song live off the large floor space, complete with Persian rugs and endless bundles of cords. Link
Shawn is in the world capital of romance – Paris – with companion Ellie, circumambulating the Eiffel Tower. The MV is effective in having the pair take on a laidback stance during the music’s slower bits and picking up the action when it bursts into the punchy chorus. This video has clocked up to 374 million views to date. Link
Shania always makes everything fun. She talks about her heartbreaking relationship and moving on with a smile, as colourfully clad dancers surround her in and around a mansion by the ocean. They perform cartwheels and help her rearrange her furniture, i.e. life, even rolling themselves up in a carpet. Link
This one is just so heartwarming. We are not sure how many couples met as children, but the thought of it is spectacular. Follow these two from childhood to seniors. It’s not all leisurely sentiment, however. Michael adds some extra pizazz by including the couple’s fancy footwork and Jackie Chan like moves especially on and around a table which keep things exciting. Link
This slick work of art begins with a bleak concrete environment causing nosebleeds of pink blood. With a positive facial expression of hope and a slight smile stands Katie Stelmanis. The scene transforms itself into a pristine, warm, and colourful expanse albeit with factory smoke and dead-end pipelines. With despair casting a dark shadow over the year, Austra helped us keep our chins up and hope for a better future. Links
Catherine treated us with this mysterious almost mystical video. It is a winter setting featuring a shirtless boy running through a dark, snowy forest. We also find a pregnant woman preparing the baby’s room. It is certainly worrisome for many parents to have and raise children surrounded by a dark, cold world. And with many types of vultures out there, erecting a roof of stone may be a good idea. Link
A big budgeted MV, this amazing sci-fi infused work has lots of shots to please the eyes. It’s THX-1138 Alberta style. Great costumes and set designs, you can’t take it all in via a single viewing. Link
It’s the season of the triangle, hopefully not a love triangle. This colourful, kaleidoscopic work has a variety of beautiful people lip synching to the song interspersed with shots of good old Serena. Link
This Vancouver princess of ethereal pop delivered 2015 album Art Angels that found itself on many best-album lists of the year. Track 12 featuring U.S. alt-R&B singer Janelle Monáe was given a music video this year, and from the standpoint of visuals is quite possibly the most eye-popping MV ever made. Artistic, dazzling, directed by the recording artist herself, this pretty much decimates all that has gone before. Find yourself transported to another fantastical dimension with futuristic colourful costumes; floating feathers, paper hearts, and rose petals; and flaming swords and violin bows. This is art! The Canadian Music Blog declares “Venus Fly” by Grimes as 2017’s Music Video of the Year. Link
|1||Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran|
|2||Shawn Mendes||The Weeknd|
|3||The Chainsmokers||Shawn Mendes|
|4||Bruno Mars||The Chainsmokers|
|6||Niall Horan||Bruno Mars|
|7||Alessia Cara||Alessia Cara|
|9||Maroon 5||Virginia to Vegas|
|10||Virginia to Vegas||Maroon 5|
|1||Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran|
|2||Shawn Mendes||Shawn Mendes|
|3||Bruno Mars||Bruno Mars|
|4||Alessia Cara||Maroon 5|
|7||Niall Horan||Niall Horan|
|9||Maroon 5||The Chainsmokers|
|2||Blake Shelton||Green Day|
|3||Thomas Rhett||July Talk|
|4||Jon Pardi||Imagine Dragons|
|5||James Barker Band||Kings of Leon|
|6||Jason Aldean||Rag ‘N’ Bone Man|
|7||Old Dominion||Mother Mother|
|8||Dustin Lynch||The Glorious Sons|
|9||Kenny Chesney||Queens of the Stone Age|
|10||Chad Brownlee||Foo Fighters|
You’ll have to scroll down quite a bit to find a Canadian artist on Billboard Canada’s year-end country airplay chart. Tops was Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”. Dallas Smith has the highest Canadian artist entry with “Sky Stays This Blue” at #20. Nineof the Top 50 were by Canadian acts down from 11 last year and 14 in 2015. Canadian artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The data was collected between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017.
|1||Body Like A Back Road||Sam Hunt||26,211|
|2||No Such Thing As A Broken Heart||Old Dominion||23,659|
|3||Dirt On My Boots||Jon Pardi||21,766|
|4||Heartache On The Dance Floor||Jon Pardi||20,165|
|5||In Case You Didn’t Know||Brett Young||19,933|
|7||Yours If You Want It||Rascal Flatts||19,411|
|8||Better Man||Little Big Town||19,131|
|9||Every Time I Hear That Song||Blake Shelton||19,030|
|10||It Ain’t My Fault||Brothers Osborne||18,896|
|11||Craving You||Thomas Rhett||18,734|
|14||More Girls Like You||Kip Moore||18,298|
|15||You Look Good||Lady Antebellum||18,248|
|16||Small Town Boy||Dustin Lynch||18,024|
|17||Kill A Word||Eric Church||17,891|
|18||For Her||Chris Lane||17,852|
|19||Any Ol’ Barstool||Jason Aldean||17,602|
|20||Sky Stays This Blue||Dallas Smith||17,465|
|21||Do I Make You Wanna||Billy Currington||17,378|
|22||Yeah Boy||Kelsea Ballerini||17,376|
|23||Chills||James Barker Band||17,326|
|25||All The Pretty Girls||Kenny Chesney||16,791|
|26||Fix A Drink||Chris Janson||16,753|
|28||Somebody Else Will||Justin Moore||16,645|
|30||Star Of The Show||Thomas Rhett||16,257|
|31||I Could Use A Love Song||Maren Morris||16,044|
|32||They Don’t Know||Jason Aldean||16,021|
|33||A Guy With A Girl||Blake Shelton||16,001|
|34||Round Here Buzz||Eric Church||15,838|
|35||God, Your Mama, And Me||Florida Georgia Line||15,744|
|36||The Fighter||Keith Urban||15,636|
|37||Side Effects||Dallas Smith||15,439|
|38||Slide Over||Tim Hicks||15,356|
|39||I Be U Be||High Valley||15,276|
|40||Seein’ Red||Dustin Lynch||15,154|
|41||When It Rains It Pours||Luke Combs||14,993|
|42||Hometown Girl||Josh Turner||14,537|
|43||Bar At The End Of The World||Kenny Chesney||14,478|
|45||Wanna Be That Song||Brett Eldredge||14,147|
|46||Slow Burn||Tim Hicks||13,999|
|47||Dirty Laundry||Carrie Underwood||13,770|
|48||Crazy About You||The Road Hammers||13,701|
|49||Every Little Thing||Carly Pearce||13,646|
|50||Just Sayin’||James Barker Band||13,623|
Hamilton’s Arkells topped the rock radio year-end Billboard Canada chart with “Knocking at the Door”. Fifteen of the Top 40 were by Canadian acts, the same number as last year. These artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The data was collected between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017.
|1||Knocking At The Door||Arkells||19,083|
|4||The Way You Used To Do||Queens of The Stone Age||16,250|
|5||Still Breathing||Green Day||13,896|
|6||Lights Out||Royal Blood||13,584|
|7||Waste A Moment||Kings Of Leon||13,108|
|8||Freeze Me||Death From Above 1979||11,869|
|9||The Drugs||Mother Mother||11,621|
|10||She’s Out Of Her Mind||Blink-182||11,406|
|11||Picturing Love||July Talk||11,222|
|13||Beck + Call||July Talk||10,670|
|16||The Violence||Rise Against||8,725|
|17||Devil’s On Fire||Headstones||8,591|
|18||Highway Tune||Greta Van Fleet||8,490|
|19||Feel It Still||Portugal. The Man||8,346|
|20||Everything Is Alright||The Glorious Sons||8,342|
|21||Kill The Lights||The Glorious Sons||8,193|
|25||Love Is Mystical||Cold War Kids||7,900|
|26||Wish I Knew You||The Revivalists||7,624|
|27||My Heart’s Always Yours||Arkells||7,619|
|28||Go Robot||Red Hot Chili Peppers||7,539|
|29||Raging Bull||One Bad Son||7,492|
|30||One Good Piece Of Me||Big Wreck||7,409|
|31||Near To The Wild Heart||Japandroids||7,108|
|32||Sky Is A Neighborhood||Foo Fighters||7,018|
|33||The Man||The Killers||6,554|
|35||Blood In The Cut||k.flay||6,281|
|36||Reverend||Kings Of Leon||6,224|
|37||Cold Cold Cold||Cage The Elephant||6,023|
|38||Revolution Radio||Green Day||5,735|
We were asked by a fan to provide a list of popular female Canadian singers of the 1980s. When we think of the 80s, Canadian male superstars come to mind – Bryan Adams and Corey Hart in particular. Also, there were the bands like Loverboy, Glass Tiger, and Men Without Hats. So how about female soloists? First of all, there were a number of groups led by female singers who scored hits such as the following:
Martha and the Muffins / M+M (Martha Johnson)
Rough Trade (Carole Pope)
Toronto (Annie “Holly” Woods)
National Velvet (Maria Del Mar)
The Headpins (Darby Mills)
The Parachute Club (Lorraine Segato)
One to One (Louise Reny)
Candi (Candita “Candy” Pennella)
Note that the above is not a complete list.
Anne Murray scored some big hits in the 80s, even crossing over to pop, though we associate her more with the 70s.
Besides Anne, there were only two other Canadian female soloists who made a year-end Top 100 chart through the 80s, and they are
The latter appeared the last year of the 80s and is more associated with the 90s whereas Luba broke through in 1984 and scored hits through the rest of the decade. If there was ever a Canadian female to represent the 80s, she was the one.
Singers who scored hits in the weekly Top 40 through the decade that didn’t make any year end charts number at five:
Francophone women were much more successful than Anglophones in the decade. The following dozen scored French language hits through the 80s appearing on CKOI’s annual year-end charts.
Above: Ria Mae is presented with Gold plaque for “Ooh Love”.
“2017 was a tremendous year of growth for Music Canada’s historic Gold/Platinum program, which experienced a surge in Album and Single Award certifications from the addition of on-demand audio streams and a modernized application process” states the trade organization in its recently published Gold/Platinum year-end report for 2017.
In September 2016, Music Canada replaced its sales-based Digital Download Award first introduced in March 2006 with the Single Award which includes physical sales, digital downloads, and streaming data. As a result, in 2017, track certifications grew by nearly 45% from 2016’s total. Several Canadian artists received their first Gold Single certifications in 2017 including Aaron Pritchett, Dani and Lizzy, and Jonathan Roy. Drake’s Double Platinum single “Signs” was the highest certified track by a Canadian artist released in 2017, followed by the Platinum-certified tracks “Reminding Me” by Shawn Hook and “Figures” by Jessie Reyez.
In July 2017, Music Canada overhauled the album certification guidelines to accept TEAs (Track Equivalent Album) and SEAs (Stream Equivalent Album), resulting in an increase of album certifications by more than 90% over 2016. The highest certified Canadian albums released in 2017 were Arcade Fire’s Everything Now and Shania Twain’s Now, both achieving Platinum status.
Seven singles earned Diamond awards, the highest annual total in the certification program’s 42-year history. The highest certified singles released in 2017 were Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber both going diamond. With a Canadian as the main artist, Drake is the only one to receive a Diamond track certification this year for his 2016 smash “One Dance.” Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip is the sole act to receive a Diamond album certification for 1991 LP Road Apples.
Music Canada expanded the Gold/Platinum program’s reach by launching the Gold In Canada playlist on streaming services Google Play and Spotify. The playlist updates every Thursday with the latest tracks to earn Gold certification in the world’s sixth largest music market. The organization has also put together a 2017 Year-End Recap playlist, which contains nearly 300 songs that were certified in 2017.
Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” topped the Adult Contemporary airplay year-end Billboard Canada chart. The top spun Canadian artist track at the format was The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” at #5. Eighteen of the Top 40 were by or featuring a Canadian artist, up from 16 for the past two years. Canadian artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The data was collected between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017.
|1||Shape Of You||Ed Sheeran||15969|
|2||Don’t Wanna Know||Maroon 5||13404|
|3||Water Under The Bridge||Adele||13075|
|4||Can’t Stop The Feeling!||Justin Timberlake||12455|
|5||I Feel It Coming||The Weeknd||11195|
|6||Something Just Like This||The Chainsmokers & Coldplay||11084|
|7||Say You Won’t Let Go||James Arthur||10788|
|9||Castle On The Hill||Ed Sheeran||9700|
|10||Love On The Brain||Rihanna||8809|
|11||Chained To The Rhythm||Katy Perry||8712|
|12||There’s Nothing Holdin’…||Shawn Mendes||8667|
|13||24K Magic||Bruno Mars||8618|
|14||Scars To Your Beautiful||Alessia Cara||8605|
|15||Kinda Complicated||Scott Helman||8231|
|16||Electric Love||Serena Ryder||7928|
|17||It Ain’t Me||Kygo x Selena Gomez||7636|
|18||I Believe In You||Michael Buble||7341|
|19||Let Me Love You||DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber||7209|
|20||That’s What I Like||Bruno Mars||7150|
|22||Love Me Now||John Legend||6801|
|23||Treat You Better||Shawn Mendes||6619|
|24||Lights Out||Virginia To Vegas||6573|
|25||Despacito||Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber||6542|
|27||Play That Song||Train||5955|
|28||Slow Hands||Niall Horan||5887|
|29||This Town||Niall Horan||5820|
|31||Reminding Me||Shawn Hook||5521|
|32||Can’t Slow Down||Hedley||5298|
|33||Fire In My Soul||Walk Off The Earth||5127|
|34||Who Do You Love||Marianas Trench||5078|
|35||What About Us||P!nk||4945|
|36||Sign Of The Times||Harry Styles||4932|
|38||Superficial Love||Ruth B||4522|