CCMA Announces Nominations for 2019 Country Music Awards

The annual CCMA Awards takes place this year in our 4th largest city – Calgary – on September 8. Two performers have thus far been announced – Alberta’s Tenille Townes (pictured above) and Old Dominion. Local lad Paul Brandt will be receiving a humanitarian award. The Canadian Country Music Association has unveiled the artist nominees, and they are as below. Find musician, radio, and industry nominees at the CCMA website. You can vote for the Fans’ Choice award here.

The gentlemen rule in most categories, while the ladies fare better in the Single of the Year and, most especially, Video of the Year sets.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Fall – Dallas Smith
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
The Journey BNA Vol. 2 – Paul Brandt
Love A Girl – Tebey
New Tattoo – Tim Hicks
State Of Mind – Hunter Brothers

FANS’ CHOICE
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
The Reklaws
Dallas Smith
Guylaine Tanguay

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Guylaine Tanguay
Tenille Townes

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Nice Horse

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith

RISING STAR
Shawn Austin
Jade Eagleson
Eric Ethridge
JoJo Mason
Sons of Daughters

ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion – Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion
Both Ways – Donovan Woods
Heart Of Glass – Jessica Mitchell
Juliet – Dan Davidson
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Dive Bar – Gord Bamford
Good Together – James Barker Band
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Brett Kissel, Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel
Song: Cecilia (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Gord Bamford, Bart Butler, Brice Long
Song: Down (Performed By: Gord Bamford)

James Barker, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: Keep It Simple (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke, Jared Mullins
Song: Save Some Of That Whiskey (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes
Song: Somebody’s Daughter (Performed By: Tenille Townes)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camouflage – Jess Moskaluke
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

News and New Releases June – July 2019

Those who began watching Season 3 of hit television series Stranger Things were pleasantly surprised to see it open up with a Canadian song – Corey Hart‘s “Never Surrender”, the biggest hit of 1985. The characters in the show were even singing along to it! Corey was not the only Canadian icon featured in the season, as actor Michael J. Fox made an appearance of sorts; blockbuster feature film Back to the Future was showing on the cinema screen during an episode. It may also be news to some that the actor who plays star Mike Wheeler – Finn Wolfhard – is Canadian; Finn is from Vancouver. We should have learned by now, however, that there really are … stranger things … than CanCon in Hollywood.

There have not been a lot of releases the past couple of weeks as things slow down for the summer. JUNO award winner Daniel Caesar launched his album Case Study 01. An eponymous rock album appeared from Espanola. The Pearl of Bermuda, Heather Nova, a Canadian citizen, contributed a singer-songwriter disc. Navet Confit got very alternative on a prime ministerial kinda party. And punk band Necking advised, Cut Your Teeth. EPs included Adam Baxter‘s Infinity, Jonah Yano‘s Nervous, Andre Papanicolaou‘s Modern Pain, Part. 2, and Sons of DaughtersLove in a Bar.

2019 Polaris Music Prize Long List Includes Laurence-Anne, Shay Lia,…

Slayers Carly Rae Jepsen, Jean Leloup, Loud, and Shawn Mendes find their albums longlisted for 2019’s Polaris Music Prize, a smattering of 40 great Canadian albums. The prize looks at both LPs and EPs released between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. In fact, 19 are 2018 albums and 21 are 2019 works. The list includes 10 JUNO award winners plus nine nominees. Unlike last year, there is no clear frontrunner in this year’s batch making for an exciting run to the cash award of $50,000. The jury of 199 members considered a mere 233 albums. The Short List of 10 albums will be unveiled on July 16 and the winner announced at the annual gala in Toronto on September 16. Find the longlisted albums below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Inscape Alexandra Streliski Classical
Dedicated Carly Rae Jepsen (JW) Pop
Shape of Your Name Charlotte Cornfield S-S/Folk
Do You Drive? Clairmont the Second (JN) Rap
Heaven Dilly Dally (JN) Alternative
Baby Teeth Dizzy (JW) Alternative
Nameless Dominique Fils-Aimé R&B
Ballad of the Runaway Girl  Elisapie (JN) S-S/Folk
Le Mal FET.NAT Alternative
Dose Your Dreams F–d Up (JN) Punk
13th Floor Haviah Mighty Rap
L’étrange pays Jean Leloup (JW) S-S/Folk
Being Human in Public Jessie Reyez (JW) R&B
Grenades Kaia Kater (JN) S-S/Folk
X Marks the Swirl Kimmortal Rap
La Force La Force Alternative
Dark Beings LAL Alternative
Premiere apparition Laurence-Anne Alternative
Mohawk Lee Harvey Osmond (JN) S-S/Folk
The Steal City EP Lee Reed Rap
La nuit est une panthere Les Louanges Alternative
Tout ça pour ça Loud (JW) Rap
Working Class Woman Marie Davidson Alternative
Radiant Dawn Operators Alternative
Pony Orville Peck Alternative
Morbid Stuff PUP (JN) Alternative
Les choses exterieures Salome Leclerc S-S/Folk
In Another Life Sandro Perri Alternative
A Short Story About a War Shad (JW) Rap
Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes (JW) Pop
Dangerous Shay Lia R&B/Soul
Trapline Snotty Nose Rez Kids (JN) Rap
999 sydanie  Rap
The Gumption Tanika Charles (JN) R&B/Soul
Master Volume The Dirty Nil (JW) Rock
Forever Overhead Tim Baker S-S/Folk
Still TOBi  Rap
The Wake Voivod (JW) Metal
In the Land Of Wintersleep (JW) Alternative
The Same but by Different Means Yves Jarvis Alternative

New Releases Summer Solstice 2019: Daphni, BICHAÏ, …

The summer solstice 2019 sees a mixed bag of releases as we near 300 albums and 100 EPs for the year to date. A couple of popular band members have released solo albums, namely Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry with Vol. 2 of his Quiet River of Dust series – That Side of the River – as well as Walk Off the Earth’s (Ryan) Marshall with Layers (see the MV for his collaboration with Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice “Mr. Parachute” below). Both albums are solid and could be classified under the broad alternative category. Also pleasing within the category is Paul Cournoyer‘s Le détroit which has enough musical details to charm the listener.

Many of this week’s EPs are electronic works punctuated by JUNO nominee Daphni‘s Sizzling. Daphni is of course one of the projects (along with Caribou and Manitoba) of Dundas, Ontario’s talented Dan Snaith. We were quite taken with Mimosa Nova from BICHAÏ which has a more nocturnal, chillout jazzy feel, but all four of these electronic EPs are well done.

Find these and more in the table below.

New singles out include “Sweet Love” from Kiesza, perhaps her best song since her JUNO winning Sound of a Woman stuff. Red hot country artist Meghan Patrick contributes “Wild As Me”. Multiple JUNO nominee Coleman Hell delivers his latest – “Polite”.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
À l’abri de la tempête  François Roy  S-S/Folk
Hiboux Nicolas Gémus  S-S/Folk
Layers Marshall Alternative
Le détroit  Paul Cournoyer  Alternative
Libre Amanda Martinez World
Liminal Spaces Simon Legault Trio  Jazz
Space Grade Assembly Possum Rock
That Side of the River Richard Reed Parry Alternative
Angels & Daemons (EP) Nautiluss Electronic
Beach Music (EP) Daniel Wesley S-S/Folk
Funny Girl (EP) Georgette Pop
Geneva Freeport (EP) Absolutely Free Alternative
Lost in Spirals (EP) Little Snake Electronic
Mimosa Nova (EP) BICHAÏ  Electronic
Sizzling (EP) Daphni (JN) Electronic
Wilde Eyes, Steady Hands (EP) JJ Wilde Rock

Somi Gives Canadian K-pop New Muscle

Somi is a Canadian singer originally from Ontario and now based in South Korea giving Canadian K-pop some new muscle. She’s just 18 years old, and she’s killin’ it. The MV for her debut solo single “Birthday” has been out only two days and accumulated over 11 million views. It is Top 30 on the YouTube trending chart. The song has crowned the major K-pop charts. Somi’s full name is Ennik Somi Douma. The flashy, colourful MV is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Go Somi!  iTunes

June 14, 2019 Releases: Old Man Luedecke, Claudia Bouvette

Nova Scotian folk slayer Old Man Luedecke, a multiple JUNO winner, returns with his latest disc, Easy Money. With three JUNO nominees, he commands the new releases this week. Electropop maestro Jérôme Minière offers his latest minion of fun, Une clairière. Rapper Killy kills it with a long play record entitled Light Path 8. Pop specialist Virginia to Vegas releases an EP on Hartland St.

Outselling all of these (digitally at least) is Cool It from pop newcomer Claudia Bouvette (see MV for track “Don’t Like It” below). Also worth checking out are alternative album Les vents violents from Phile and R&B flavoured house EP Corazón from BC’s Pat Lok. Find these and more in the table of new releases below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Calm and Cents Kevin Hearn Alternative
Cool It Claudia Bouvette  Pop
Easy Money Old Man Luedecke (JW) S-S/Folk
Fates Conspire Glenn Milchem S-S/Folk
Hunters Trance Cat Clyde S-S/Folk
Les vents violents  Phile Alternative
Light Path 8 Killy (JN) Rap
Migrations Jacques Kuba Seguin  Jazz
Night Mirror New Swears Alternative
Quatre climats habitables feu doux Alternative
Times Nomadic Massive  Rap
Underneath It All Hein Cooper Alternative
Une clairiere Jerome Miniere (JN) Alternative
Corazon (EP) Pat Lok Dance
Cruel as the Grave (EP) Catacomb Saints Alternative
Hartland St. (EP) Virginia to Vegas (JN) Pop

June 7, 2019 Releases: Blitz/Berlin, Hollerado, Northern Pikes…

Three JUNO nominees pilot this week’s new Canadian artist releases. Instrumental outfit Blitz/Berlin offers its latest, There Will Be No Miracles Here. Alt-rock group Hollerado returns with Retaliation Vacation. And, sixteen years after the last studio album, Forest of Love appears from Saskatoon rock band The Northern Pikes.

Charmers include a self-titled work from Badge Époque Ensemble a collective of musicians that includes US Girls’ live band put together by Toronto’s Maximilian ‘Twig” Turnbull. It may remind some of 60s jazz-rock lengthy jams. Very cool stuff. Jacques Surette of Nova Scotia contributes a gorgeous album entitled Marche, Marche, Marche containing extremely catchy folk-rooted singer-songwriter nuggets. As far as EPs go, Jip LessCap sur l’éclaircie showcases a batch of pleasant songs that should hit the spot for music lovers.

Find these and more in the table below but first…

Some delectable singles and music videos have hit the shops. We will profile a couple of these later, but be sure not to miss the MV for radio hit “Love Me” by Felix Cartal & Lights. Award winning singer Alicia Moffet enjoys a shockingly spectacular comeback with R&B song “Take Control”. Believe it or not, it debuted on top of the iTunes chart and sits at #4 at this writing. Few do vocals better than Alicia. We haven’t heard from City and Colour for a while, but not to worry, he’s still got it as proven on his new single “Astronaut”. Country artist Jessica Mitchell features Tim Hicks on her new song, “Somebody Gonna Get Hurt”.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Badge Époque Ensemble Badge Époque Ensemble Rock
Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion Country
BloodMyth Ensign Broderick Alternative
Déséquilibre Marc-Antoine Beaudoin  Alternative
Dovetale Krief Alternative
Forest of Love The Northern Pikes (JN) Rock
Here Tonight Taylor Knox Rock
Marche, marche, marche Jacques Surette S-S/Folk
Monami Foreign Diplomats  Alternative
Retaliation Vacation Hollerado (JN) Alternative
Sainte-Foy KNLO Rap
Skye Consort & Emma Björling  Skye Consort & Emma Björling  World
Skye Wallace Skye Wallace Rock
There Will Be No Miracles Here Blitz/Berlin (JN) Alternative
Cap sur l’éclaircie (EP) Jip Less  S-S/Folk
Dark Cloud (EP) Jay Whiss Rap
Goodbye, Lightspeed (EP) JT Soul Rap
Kadooh (EP) Kadooh Country
Maybe – Side B (EP) Valley Pop
RoseGarage  (EP) RoseGarage  Rock
Vicelove (EP) Sam Drysdale Pop

May 31, 2019 Releases: Jim Cuddy, Tara Kannangara…

One of the nation’s best known roots artists launches new album Countrywide Soul; Jim Cuddy is a multiple JUNO winner. Along similar lines and also with a JUNO trophy on his shelf, Justin Rutledge releases Passages. A trio of JUNO nominees join them. Singer-songwriter Jenn Grant contributes Love, Inevitable. Also are a couple of jazz artists. Kevin Breit presents guitar-oriented album Stella Bella Strada, and our favourite album of the week belongs to Tara Kannangara with the very nicely done It’s Not Mine Anymore. Find a total of 20 new releases in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
A contre-courant Pierrot Fournier  S-S/Folk
Agitpop Lowest of the Low Rock
Apres vous Alex Thériault  S-S/Folk
Baby You Can Free Your Mind Mind Bath  Alternative
Bangerz Brass Bangerz Brass Rap
Black Mamba Les Évadés  Jazz
Corps coquillage Laura Babin Alternative
Countrywide Soul Jim Cuddy (JW) Country
It’s Not Mine Anymore Tara Kannangara (JN) Jazz
Love Jean-Paul De Roover S-S/Folk
Love, Inevitable Jenn Grant (JN) S-S/Folk
More Harm Than Good Part 2… Nomvdslvnd Alternative
NightDrive The Liquor Store R&B/Soul
Passages Justin Rutledge (JW) S-S/Folk
Sky Patrick Ballantyne Rock
Stella Bella Strada Kevin Breit (JN) Jazz
Untl We’re Each Someone Else Stuck Out Here Rock
Les Heures maladives (EP) vice E roi S-S/Folk
Relaxe (EP) Emmanuel Travis  R&B/Soul
Rires jaunes (EP) Moutarde Baseball  Rap

Akua Flows from Those Spirits to Them Spirits

London, Ontario’s Akua Carson, a Canadian of Ghanaian descent, is a singer, producer, and songwriter whose rich brews of musical genius embrace R&B, pop, and electronic flavours. She released 7-track album Them Spirits in March 2019, a superb disc dressed handsomely with her silky vocals and spellbinding in terms of its dreamy atmospherics. The beautiful package flows gracefully. In fact, opening track “Righteous Way” would have lulled us into a perfect snooze, but the nice addition of carefully placed piano strokes kept consciousness alive. “Heaven” (see official audio below), the standout track, will blow your mind. It builds gradually from a velvety slow-burn to a shuffle of bass and soft cords, and finally to an exhilarating electronic heavy chorus. “My Body”, musically sophisticated, throws in some interesting sounds to drool over. Akua shows some vocal prowess on track “Queen” satisfyingly backed by orchestral tip-toes. Lyrically, Akua centers the album’s theme on the passing of her father. Count Them Spirits as one to check out.  iTunes

10 Things to Know About the May 28, 2019 Charts

1. The drought of CanCon in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 continues. Although there are a few tracks involving Canadian artists, no officially Canadian song appears in the Top 40. The highest charting CanCon track is “Love Me” by Felix Cartal & Lights, at #49 on the Hot 100.

2. “Old Town Road” spends its 7th week at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The novelty song from rapper Lil Nas X featuring country singer Billy Ray Cyrus was co-penned by industrial band Nine Inch Nails’ members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross c/o “34 Ghosts IV”.

3. Carly Rae Jepsen‘s fourth studio album Dedicated enters the Albums chart at #16. Debuting on top is Father Of Asahd from US artist DJ Khaled.

4. Half of the Top 10 albums are debuts. Besides Father of Asahd, Tyler the Creator’s Igor enters at #2, The National’s I Am Easy to Find at #4, Rammstein’s German-language self-titled effort at #5, and Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired to A Hellish Extent at #10.

5. Now behind “Old Town Road”, “I Don’t Care” from Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber slips from the top spot to #2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart. The song snatches the melody from Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Too Much”.

6. “Sucker” from The Jonas Brothers crowns four radio format charts: Hot 100 Airplay, All Format, CHR, and Hot AC.

7. “Lo/Hi” from The Black Keys continues its reign at Rock Radio; Arkells‘ “Hand Me Downs” is tops for a Canadian act at #4.

8. “Keep It Simple” becomes James Barker Band‘s second number one single at Country Radio replacing fellow Canadian MacKenzie Porter‘s “About You”. It is the ninth song from a homegrown artist to reach the summit in 2019.

9. AC Radio is thinking Pink who has the #1 song at the format – “Walk Me Home”. Scott Helman helms the Canadian contingent with “Hang Ups” at #3.

10. With the success of “Love Me” with Lights, Felix Cartal is the champ on the Emerging Artists chart.

“Sometimes, All the Time” Breaks Into iTunes Top 10

The most popular track off Canadian rapper Loud‘s 2019 album Tout ça pour ça broke into the iTunes Top 10 today. “Sometimes, All the Time” features singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin. Francophone rapper Loud gained more nation-wide exposure when he performed at the JUNO awards earlier this year in a performance with Coeur de pirate. A previous single of his, “Toutes les femmes savent danser”, charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and has gone platinum. The catchy new track combines rapping with singing, male with female vocals, and is bilingual with lyrics in both English and French. Radio stations across the country who do not have a problem with playing Spanish and Korean songs, would do everyone a favour by adding this winner to their playlists. Check out the MV below (nearing a quarter million views at this writing) and support these two fine talents by grabbing a copy off iTunes.

Spoons Dip into a New Day, New World

JUNO nominated Burlington, Ontario band Spoons, active since the early 80s, recently delighted us with its first disc in eight years, New Day New World, recorded in Guelph. The group’s last offering, 2011’s Static in Transmission, was well received. This one is just as solid from our reckoning. Before we get to our review of the 2019 album, let us take a look at Spoons’ chart history.

The first two albums from Spoons have been certified gold by Music Canada. The first, Arias & Symphonies (1982), spawned three Top 40 hits. “Nova Heart”, a masterpiece of synth-led new wave and one of the finest tracks of the genre ever released, made the year-end Top 100 of 1982. The album’s title track became a Top 20 hit, and “Smiling in Winter” the Top 30. “Old Emotions”, peaking at #28 on the RPM charts, helped followup album Talkback (1983) become the second disc to strike gold. 1984’s Listen to the City is responsible for the band’s final Top 40 hit, “Tell No Lies”. In an era when the charts were dominated by British new wave groups, Spoons’ success was remarkable.

While many have commented on the smart stylings of the album, of how it bridges 80s new wave with modern pop-rock and electro, what makes the album so good is the songwriting. Frontman Gordon Deppe, with assistance from Sandy Horne, continues to channel inspiration in penning catchy tunes. The atmospheric sweep and thundering booms of the album’s title track has chants from online fans mixed into the chorus. “All the Wrong Things” proves the band has still retained its energy. As has been pointed out, “Beautiful Trap” recalls the doot-doots of 1984 song “Romantic Traffic”, something the band says is in its DNA. It is one of the strongest tracks on the record. Find those nuggets of fun as well on “For the First and Last Time”. Another gem is “Repeatable” with some wonderful bass work, something lacking in today’s pop hits. The interplay among that playful bass plus, the synth pulses, and higher-pitched plucks, makes this track simply irresistible and, well, repeatable. “Life on Demand” progresses from simple piano keys to a very satisfying chorus. For those hungry for something heavier on the electronic side, “Landing Lights” should hit the spot. It has a great snare-beat as well. The charming “Paint by Number Day” is melodically similar to “For the First and Last Time” but with pleasant female-led vocals.

Spoons still got it, and New Day, New World is the front runner for 2019’s album of the year.

2018’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medThe most successful track of 2018 by a Canadian artist was “God’s Plan” by Drake. Reaching #1 on the weekly charts, it finished the year as its third most popular song. Four Drake tracks topped the weekly Hot 100 through the year and one from The Weeknd making a total of five number one hits by Canadians through 2018. The most successful French language single of the year was “Toutes les femmes savent dansers” from rapper Loud. It topped the year-end CKOI chart (which includes non-Franco and non-Canadian entries) and made the Billboard weekly Hot 100 at #94. A second French language single that appeared on the Hot 100 was Yes Mccan’s Desiree (#96).

A dozen Franco entries from Canadians made the CKOI year-end Top 50 and nine from Canadians the year-end Billboard Hot 100 plus an additional five with Canadians as the featured or co-credited artist. A total of 49 tracks involving Canadians reached their peak positions within the Top 40 in 2018. We have listed below French language songs from Canadian artists that made the annual CKOI year-end Top 50 or made the Billboard Hot 100. After that we list tracks from Canadians that made the Billboard year-end top 100 or peaked in the weekly Top 40. Finally we list entries with Canadians as featured or co-credited artists.

HY = Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart position
HW = Billboard Hot 100 weekly charts, peak position
CY = CKOI year-end Top 50 chart position

2018 CKOI Franco Hits

TITLE ARTIST CY HW
Toutes les femmes savent danser Loud 1 94
Des p’tits bouts de toi Roxane Bruneau 6
Fille de personne II Hubert Lenoir 9
Vintage à l’os Séba et Horg 12
Cinq à Sept Koriass 23
Belle folie Éric Lapointe 28
On perd la tête Swing 32
Empire Marie-Mai 35
Ça va Emile Bilodeau 38
Léo Gagné 2Frères 42
Dans la nuit Coeur de Pirate 45
Corinne Les Trois Accords 48
Desiree Yes Mccan 96

2018 Billboard Canada Hits

TITLE ARTIST HY HW
God’s Plan Drake 3 1
Body Loud Luxury Ft. Brando 5 3
Nice For What Drake 9 1
In My Feelings Drake 11 1
In My Blood Shawn Mendes 34 9
Call Out My Name The Weeknd 44 1
Nonstop Drake 62 1
I’m Upset Drake 71 5
Ain’t Easy Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine 84 38
Don’t Matter to Me Drake 4
Dipomatic Immunity Drake 6
Try Me The Weeknd 7
Wasted Times The Weeknd 8
Mob Ties Drake 11
I Was Never There The Weeknd 12
Emotionless Drake 13
Elevate Drake 15
Can’t Take a Joke Drake 16
Hurt You The Weeknd 17
Talk Up Drake 17
Survival Drake 18
8 Out of 10 Drake 19
Lost in Japan Shawn Mendes 22
Privilege The Weeknd 22
Youth Shawn Mendes 22
Summer Games Drake 27
Sandra’s Rose Drake 28
Blue Tint Drake 30
That’s How You Feel Drake 34
Growing Pains Alessia Cara 36
Jaded Drake 36
Peak Drake 37
Head Above Water Avril Lavigne 37
Is There More Drake 38
Finess Drake 39
After Dark Drake 40

2018 Partially Canadian Hits

TITLE ARTIST HY HW
Look Alive Drake (featured) 23 4
Despacito Justin Bieber (featured) 25 *
Pray For Me The Weeknd & K. Lamar 33 5
Walk It Talk It Drake (featured) 52 14
Yes Indeed Lil Baby & Drake 74 7
Mia Drake (featured) 3
Going Bad Drake (featured) 3
Jackie Chan Dzeko & Tiesto 7
Kika Tory Lanez (featured) 13
No Stylist Drake (featured) 16
Never Recover Drake (featured) 16
Ghost Town PartyNextDoor (featured) 21
Wouldn’t Leave PartyNextDoor (featured) 24
Flip the Switch Drake (featured) 26

* – Weekly peak achieved in 2017, also made the year-end 2017 chart.

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May 24, 2019 Releases: Jean Leloup, Loud…

This week’s releases are fewer in number, but ’tis hard to find a mediocre work among them. In fact, six out of the 14 are from JUNO nominees/winners. And those are not necessarily the most charming albums of the batch. With this week’s assortment of maple-glazed musical prim-bits, our running total for 2019 is 242 albums and 74 EPs.

For those who like their tunes raw, bare-boned, stripped down to bare nakedness, Jean Leloup is back to quench your thirst. L’étrange pays has him singing, rapping, bellowing over his finger licking guitar fondling proclivities. The album from the JUNO award winner is currently #1 at iTunes. Loud owns the distinction of being one of the few invited to perform a Franco tune at the JUNOs and this year won the trophy for Francophone Album of the Year. The sensational rapper follows up with new album Tout ça pour ça. Hard rock with some delicious synthesizers in the mix arrives via Black Mountain. The JUNO nominated BC group graces the slate with Destroyer. Also given a nod by the JUNOs is Colombian-Canadian Roberto Lopez who presents world music fest Kaleido strópico.

But we are just getting started here. Decked with multiple gold and platinum certifications on its singles, JUNO winning outfit of country music James Barker Band releases EP Singles Only. Also graced with a JUNO trophy is fabulous duo Milk & Bone teaming up with producer Alex Lustig on EP Dive, an electronic joy ride.

Also out this week is excellent pop album Exposed by Star Academy alumnus Olivier Dion; the folky, pleasing No Water, No Flowers from Geneviève Racette; the hauntingly beautiful Trying to Have It All from Misha Bower; the adult contemporary sparkle of Brûle sur mes lèvres by Isabelle Cyr; and this week’s pleasant surprise, boss grooved R&B EP Dangerous from Shay Lia!

Find these and more in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Brûle sur mes lèvres  Isabelle Cyr AC
Destroyer Black Mountain (JN) Rock
Exposed Olivier Dion Pop
Kaleido strópico  Roberto Lopez (JN) World
L’étrange pays Jean Leloup (JW) S-S/Folk
No Water, No Flowers Geneviève Racette S-S/Folk
Pays Philemon Cimon S-S/Folk
Soul Secret Agency  Soul Secret Agency  R&B/Soul
The Offering Thompson Egbo-Egbo Jazz
Tout ça pour ça Loud (JW) Rap
Trying to Have It All Misha Bower S-S/Folk
Dangerous (EP)
Shay Lia R&B/Soul
Dive (EP)
Milk & Bone (JW) & Alex Lustig Alternative
Singles Only (EP)
James Barker Band (JW) Country

Maybe I’ll Find You Again, Ruth B.

Alberta’s JUNO award winning Ruth B., best known for her quintuple platinum single “Lost Boy” (#14 in 2016), decorates 2019 with five-track EP Maybe I’ll Find You Again. The genre-defying disc contains elements of singer-songwriter, adult contemporary, pop, soul, alternative, and R&B. It opens with the hot, hazy summer afternoon breeze of “Don’t Disappoint Me”, a winner by its sophisticated orchestral arrangements alone. “Slow Fade” tricks the listener with sudden stops building from an easy-going piano-bass combo into a whirling chorus. “Crave”, perhaps the catchiest of the set, showcases Ruth’s stroke of creative genius. “Sycamore Tree” cranks up the feels, presenting Ruth’s trademark balladry. And, ending on a strong note, “Rare” benefits from nice vocal work, dazzling keys, and nifty percussion. iTunes