Over Getting Over a Wicked Boyfriend

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While A-Listers Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber gear up for their performances at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, which has Canadian artists in 20% of the nominations, some fresh MVs from the Eh-Listers came out in the past couple days which deserve a mention.

Tegan and Sara now have an MV for “Boyfriend”, lead single off upcoming album Love You to Death. It has a hula hoop, balloons, a green screen, and some zebras.

Gold recording artist Tyler Shaw drops the official MV for his latest hit “Wicked”, and it’s a steamy one. We’re not sure if he’s mesmerized more by the neon lights, posh décor, or a girl who has his mouth duct taped.

Country ace Kira Isabella launched a lyric video for her new single “I’m So Over Getting Over You” which is a good idea, because the lyrics are quite clever.

Canadian Hot 100, 26 April 2016

Drake scores his first #1 hit in Canada as the main artist of a track. “One Dance” is the second Canadian artist single to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016 and 12th since the chart began in 2007. New on the chart is “Never Be Like You” by Australia’s Flume featuring Toronto’s Kai at #88. Shawn Hook’s “Relapse” re-enters the chart.

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More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

NOTES:

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

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

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

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

KEY:

RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
G – Gold certification (40,000 units sold)
P – Platinum certification (80,000 units sold)
xP – Multiplatinum certification
Red maple leaf – Canadian artist
Magenta maple leaf – Partly Canadian artist
Blue maple leaf – Featured Canadian artist

Drake Has the Coolest Album Cover of 2016

Canadian actor turned rapper Drake has … uncovered the album cover … for his upcoming LP Views, and it’s pretty breathtaking. We have never seen such a hi-res close up view of the CN Tower’s main pod, and certainly not with a cool dude sitting so casually on its roof! Yes, that little dot is Drake up there.

Toronto’s CN Tower was built between 1973 and 1976. It became the world’s tallest self-supporting structure beating out Russia’s Ostankino Tower, a title it held until surpassed in height by both the Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower in 2010. While now outdone by a few structures in the Orient, the CN Tower still holds the title for the western hemisphere. A feverish phallic competition by various nations in breaking records for tallest building or structure has significantly increased in frequency in the new millennium.

Views is expected out Friday, April 29 and is Drake’s fifth (not including his collaborative work with Future). It will contain his recently released singles “Pop Style” “One Dance”. The latter is a variation of “Do You Mind” by Crazy Cousinz featuring British singer Kyla and became Drake’s first #1 hit in the UK as the main artist. Before you hit the plagiarism alert button, note that Kyla is listed in the writing credits of “One Dance”, so it’s all cool.

We have embedded a hi-res copy of Drake’s Views album cover below (click to enlarge).

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Tegan and Sara to Headline World Tour

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The Quin twins announced a world tour today that kicks off in swinging London, UK June 22. The girls will head down to Australia and then up to Asia with shows in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taibei, wrapping up July 31. September 9, they launch their 40-date AmeriCanadian tour from Saskatoon’s TCU Place. Tegan and Sara will hit seven additional Canadian cities: Winnipeg September 10 (Centennial Concert Hall), Vancouver October 5 (Queen Elizabeth Theatre), Calgary October 7 (BMO Centre), Edmonton October 8 (Shaw Conference Cente), Toronto October 28 (Massey Hall), Montreal October 29 (Metropolis), and Quebec City October 30 (Theatre Capitole). The tour will wrap up in the United States’ Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 16.

Tegan and Sara’s eighth studio album Love You to Death will be out June 3. It continues the synthpop kick the girls mastered on JUNO winning gold album Heartthrob. For more info on the music and tour, head over to Tegan and Sara’s Official Website.

Nielsen SoundScan Charts 2000-2007

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Good news! We are in touch with a helpful chap from Denmark who managed to screen capture all the weekly Canadian Nielsen SoundScan charts from the old Canoe/Jam website. A complete presentation of these charts is nowhere to be found online, and with their absence, popular songs in Canada during the period have been lost in time. With the JPG images, we are in the process of spreadsheeting these charts and will be posting the results  on Canadian Music Blog over the coming months. Because Canadian charts are largely unavailable during this period, we will post all weekly Top 40 hits, whether from Canadian or international artists, on our Charts Page. The Nielsen BDS charts for the period would also be enlightening, but again are not available. The RPM charts, most of which are online, met their demise in November 2000, and since June 2007 we have the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. Unlike the United States and United Kingdom, Canada has not had a consistent chart history, a vital component of the music industry that is sadly lacking. Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music.

The Pharaoh Wants to Come Home from The Underside

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Abbotsford, BC’s You Say Party has released an official music video for “Underside” off its self-titled album that came out in early 2016. Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s classic movie Princess Mononoke, we watch a little one journeying through vast terrain, 4,000 km around Japan to be precise. This is pretty amazing.  iTunes

Lucas DiPasquale, originally from Markham, ON, has received some radio spins for music off his EP Post-Secondary. He is a very talented young chap who likes to bring some reggae vibes into pop music. Below is the MV for track “Come Home” with some nice summery urban shots.  iTunes

We are keeping our fingers crossed for a new album from Cranbrook, BC’s Louise Burns in a little while. She did drop … not names, not bombs, but a new 2-song single in March. The Bangles taught us how to walk like an Egyptian. Chris Tucker taught us how to fight like an Egyptian. But it is Louise Burns who shows us how to rock … like a pharaoh.  iTunes

New Releases 22 April 2016

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We open this week’s new releases with Comfortable Scars from Montreal punk band Lost Love. It is the group’s second album. JUNO nominated songwriter Royal Wood is back with his latest, Ghost Light. He’s from the Peterborough, Ontario region. Toronto folk pop group The Strumbellas smartly follow up hit single “Spirits” with album Hope. Legendary folk specialist Richard Séguin, originally from Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec, offers his latest, Les horizons nouveaux. News from What We Once Thought is the title of alternative Montreal outfit Thin Blue Line‘s new album, mainly instrumental. Also from Montreal is Sunny Duval whose new album, appropriately named New Wave de plage, sports some mechanically voiced new wave along the lines of say Marc Drouin with some added southern U.S. and Caribbean flavours.

Christian Roberge, member of JUNO nominated platinum group The Lost Fingers releases a fine world music album called Planète Brassens. Multiple JUNO winner Rufus Wainwright, originally from Montreal, always creative, comes up with an interesting work, Take All My loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, with a variety of different styles of music. Alternative music proceeds on A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion from Toronto’s Programm as well as self-titled work from Kamloops, British Columbia’s Van Damsel. Finally, this week’s most sumptuous EP is a debut one from Toronto’s Alx Veliz with some very good modern pop music. There are two versions to choose from, an English-language one (red) and a Spanish language one (turquoise).

France d’Amour’s Second Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath and Champagne Vol 2 France d'amourHaving attracted a pair of JUNO nominations and scored a pair of gold albums, France d’Amour is back with the second disc in her jazz-themed Bubble Bath and Champagne project. The bilingual (mostly English) album is just beautiful, and most impressive is that all tracks are original compositions. France co-produced the album and played all guitars. This is the perfect album to unwind after work to fill an evening with soothing romantic, mind-clearing sparkle. Not too many singers are gifted with a voice so alluring. Don’t be surprised if you see France d’Amour’s Bubble Bath and Champagne Vol. 2 on our best albums list at the end of 2016.  iTunes

Excellence Blooms on Megan Bonnell’s Magnolia

megan bonnell - magnoliaToronto’s Megan Bonnell has released a very impressive sophomore LP, Magnolia, following her getting hooked by Maple Music (now Cadence). On the production side are Chris Stringer (the Wooden Sky, Holly McNarland, Timber Timbre) and Josh Van Tassel (David Myles, Christine Bougie). She is essentially a roots artist, though the detailed writing, neo-trad instrumentation, and production coatings on these songs are so strong that even those not normally into folk-based music will find themselves drawn in. As soft as clouds, flowing as water, and detailed as a landscaped garden, she has been compared to Billie Holiday. Megan Bonnell’s Magnolia has been marked by us a contender for our end of year best albums list.  iTunes

Canadian Hot 100, 19 April 2016

Though there are no new Canadian entries on this week’s Hot 100, a number of Canadian tracks make significant gains reaching new peaks: Drake’s “One Dance” from #13 to #2, Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things” 16-14, “Low Life” featuring The Weeknd 42-28, The Strumbellas’ “Spirits” 32-31, Tyler Shaw’s “Wicked” 53-51, Ruth B’s “Lost Boy” 62-53, MAGIC!’s “Lay You Down Easy” 91-56, Hedley’s “Lose Control” 76-59, and Party Next Door’s “Come and See Me” 75-74. On the albums chart, Alessia Cara’s Know-It-All reaches a new peak position at #8 while LIGHTS’ acoustic record Midnight Machines debuts at #9.

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More Canadian Hot 100 charts here…

NOTES:

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

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

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

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

KEY:

RK – Rank among Canadian artist entries
YE – Position on Billboard Canada’s 2014 year-end chart
PP – Peak position on Billboard Canada’s weekly Hot 100
GPC – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada at time of chart’s publication
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
RY – Release year of the record
G – Gold certification (40,000 units sold)
P – Platinum certification (80,000 units sold)
xP – Multiplatinum certification
Red maple leaf – Canadian artist
Magenta maple leaf – Partly Canadian artist
Blue maple leaf – Featured Canadian artist

Linda Chung Sings Under the Stars

Linda Chung - under the starsCanadian recording artist and actress Linda Chung has released new album Under the Stars, a beautiful adult contemporary Allophone work. The Cantonese language album is currently #1 at Asian entertainment online retail site YesAsia and is available at iTunes Canada. Linda, born and raised in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, has been based in Hong Kong for the past several years working for the TVB network as both an actress and singer. Most of the songs are written exclusively for TV dramas produced by the network, and the new album puts them all together on one disc. The opening track “I Got Married”, penned by Linda herself, expresses her sentiments after tying the knot. All tracks are gorgeous. For us a standout may be “I Don’t Remember”, end theme of “Inspector Gourmet” with some nice piano work. Under the Stars is a soft and sensual charmer.  iTunes

Launch of the International Music Blog

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CMB editors are pleased to announce the launch of the IMB, International Music Blog. The Canadian Music Blog will continue as before to offer comprehensive content exclusively dedicated to popular Canadian recording artists and their music. The IMB will serve as an online English-language magazine that provides information about popular international recording artists and their music regardless of the language in which it is performed. It will stand in sharp contrast to blogs that call themselves international but feature English-language music only. The IMB will also include features on Canadian recording artists and their works in addition to artists from around the world — Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and Africa. We are just getting started over there but you can check out the blog here. As you may have also noticed, the CMB has a new look. The blog theme matches the IMB’s. CMB is red and IMB is blue. You can also follow the IMB on Twitter (@globalmusicbl) here and Facebook here.

Cowgirl Posse Ready to Saddle Up

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The year 2015 had us all living in a ramshackle town when it came to women in country music. Misogynistic statements made by some players in the broadcast industry tarnished the genre as a whole, as male and female players and listeners were all left with bad tastes in their mouths. In Canada, country songs voiced by women, whether as soloists or lead singers of groups and duos made up an appalling 7.3% of spins among the 50 most played songs of the year. Even rock radio had better representation from the fairer half.

Rather than offering a sincere apology and a promise to turn things around, perhaps in the interest of saving face, the broadcast industry has been quietly increasing femcon since the end of 2015, though there is still a long ways to go to achieve balance. Notable players include both Canadian and American women in country. On the stars and stripes side, we have American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, California’s Cam, and recent breakthrough artist Maren Morris, all of whom have scored big hits recently.

The sweethearts of maple include Jess Moskaluke. “Kiss Me Quiet” became her first Top 10 country radio hit, and followup “Take Me Home” has also done well, reaching the Top 15. While even the Canadian men of country have had a hard time getting airplay in the U.S., Alberta’s Lindsay Ell got some fairly significant spins with “By the Way”, a Top 20 country hit in Canada.

Come the end of April, a coalescence of forces will see to it that women clean up this town. Three majors are set to saddle up with new releases. Past CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner Kira Isabella, whose voice is ever so heavenly, will be catapulting new single “I’m So Over Getting Over You” to the airwaves April 27. All ready to one-two the bandits of disinterest, two prominent cowgirls will be launching full-length albums on the same day, April 29. Following up her Top 20 hit “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”, Meghan Patrick‘s Grace & Grit joins the release of Madeline Merlo‘s Free Soul which includes her #11 smash “Whatcha Wanna Do About It”. These two hot discs will be available at record saloons country wide, best enjoyed with an ice cold glass of sarsaparilla.

Drake Tops the UK Singles Chart

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Canada’s most internationally famous rapper, Drake, has scored his first number one single as a lead artist … in Britain. The track in question is the newly released “Once Dance”. As a lead artist, Drake has never reached the top in either his homeland of Canada or where he has been the most successful among the big Anglo markets – the United States. Prior to “One Dance”, all of Drake’s singles as a lead artist have charted higher in the US than in Canada or the UK with the exception of “Crew Love”, which made the top 40 in Britain. (“Hold On, We’re Going Home” reached #4 in Both the US and UK and #5 in Canada). A reasonable explanation for his superior popularity in the States is that that country likes rap music more than Commonwealth nations. The UK updates its charts on Fridays as opposed to Tuesdays in the US and Canada which may explain why “One Dance” debuted higher there. Below is a chronological list of all of Drake’s hit singles – 24 in total – that made the top 40 in Canada, the US, or UK with peak chart positions in the three countries for comparison. Note that the list excludes tracks where Drake is a featured or co-credited artist.

TRACK CA US UK
Best I Ever Had 24 2  
Successful   17  
I’m Going In   40  
Forever 26 8 42
Over 17 14 50
Find Your Love 10 5 24
Miss Me 73 15  
Fancy 54 25  
Marvin’s Room   21  
Headlines 18 13 57
Make Me Proud 25 9 49
Take Care 15 7 9
The Motto 38 14 80
Crew Love 80 80 37
Started from the Bottom 36 6 25
Hold On, We’re Going Home 5 4 4
All Me 72 20  
0 to 100 / The Catch Up 59 35 68
Energy 53 26 71
Back to Back 27 21 77
Hotline Bling 3 2 3
Summer Sixteen 12 6 23
One Dance 13 21 1
Pop Style 20 16 33

Selected Canadian Releases 15 April 2016

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We begin with a gorgeous vocal jazz album by 2-time JUNO nominee France D’Amour. The album from the native of Mont-Rolland, QC, Bubble Bath and Champagne Vol. 2, is mostly Anglo and contains all original compositions. She has scored a pair of gold LPs to date. Equally exquisite is Magnolia from singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell. The writing on the songs is so good, we immediately took to the disc. Both of these albums are worth checking out.

For something fun, we have a disc of world music, more specifically gypsy jazz, from Christine Tassan and the Imposteures entitled Entre Félix et Django. The group is based in Montreal. The latest talent from Brampton, Ontario, Derin Falana, contributes rap work Rocky Mountain. Frédéric Giroux does an excellent job at stripped down beautiful instrumentation on his album Le deuxième soufflé. He is a part of neo-trad multiplatinum outfit Mes Aïeux. Rock enthusiasts can enjoy Shaman UFO from band Les Indiens.

More singer-songwriter avenues are pursued on the self-titled album from Émilie Janvier which is selling well. And further jazz, this time instrumental, comes to us from Lorraine Desmarais Big Band and really good album Danses Danzas Dances. The silence of the lambs has already been covered, so Moran investigates Le silence des chiens with folky ambiance. Canadian iTunes staff are very impressed, as are we, with the new album from female trio Motel Raphaël, System. This is essentially adult contemporary with a twist of electropop. One can think of The Cranberries, perhaps, as a reference point.

Jonathan Painchaud, native of the Magdalen Islands and lead singer from former band Okoumé, is back. La tête haute is the album title. Topping the musique francophone iTunes chart is alternative work Le fantastique des astres by the creative genius who is Yann Perreau, and, yes, he is a JUNO-nominated artist. No worries, you won’t find any money laundering on rap specialist Rednext Level‘s new album Argent légal.

Two legends of traditional country have once again joined forces. Yes, it’s Renée Martel & Patrick Norman. The sumptuous LP is Nous. Pop punk is still going strong thanks to Thunder Bay’s Rival Town and album Call It Like It Is. Finally, following up the fantastic collaboration with Jerusalem In My Heart last year, Suuns release alternative LP Hold/Still.

Montreal rock band Solids launch EP Else. We also have some remix EPs from both Shawn Hook (“Sound of Your Heart”) and Alessia Cara (“Here”) for those who want more danceable renditions of those tracks.