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3 Canadians in IFPI’s Top 10 of 2015

ifpi logoInternational music trade organization IFPI has announced the 10 most successful recording artists of 2015 in countries that track music consumption, and the list includes three Canadians: Justin Bieber #4, Drake #9, and The Weeknd #10. The recipient of 2015’s Global Recording Artist of the Year award is the UK’s Adele. The global recording artist of 2014 was Taylor Swift and 2013 was One Direction.

Measurements to rank the Top 10 in the IFPI’s own words:

The independently verified Global Recording Artist chart includes sales of albums – across digital, CD and vinyl formats; singles, both downloaded and physical; on-demand audio streams and music videos across the calendar year. The chart includes all the music of each artist featured, not just one track or album. It uses track and album equivalents to combine measurements of downloads, physical sales and streams.

The Top 10:

1. Adele
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Taylor Swift
4. Justin Bieber
5. One Direction
6. Coldplay
7. Maroon 5
8. Sam Smith
9. Drake
10. The Weeknd

Shane Harte: Teen Star On the Rise

shane harte - left standing“Left Standing” from Brampton, Ontario, 19-year-old Shane Harte is gaining traction at radio. The single was released back in November 2015 through Cardinal Point Music but is finally seeing the light of the airwaves. Shane’s May 2015 song “Let You Know” garnered 100k plus YouTube views. In addition to a singer and songwriter, this talented teen has had roles in TV series Lost & Found Music Studios, The Next Step, and Good Witch. In 2013, Harte was one of the youth choir singers in Classified and David Myles’ quadruple platinum single “Inner Ninja”. We have embedded the “Left Standing” MV below.  iTunes

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Top 100 Singles of 1996 in Canada

alanis morissette - you learn copyAccording to RPM Magazine, the biggest song of 1996 in Canada was “You Learn” by Alanis Morissette. It was written by the Ottawa singer and Glen Ballard and was the fifth single released from blockbuster album Jagged Little Pill. Alanis placed three songs in the year-end Top 10 which saw five by Canadian artists. A total of 31 songs from the year-end top 100 chart below involve Canadian artists who have been bolded in red. The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from radio airplay and nationwide sales data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 You Learn Alanis Morissette
2 Ironic Alanis Morissette
3 Change the World Eric Clapton
4 Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman
5 Because You Loved Me Celine Dion
6 Ahead By a Century The Tragically Hip
7 Follow You Down Gin Blossoms
8 Key West Intermezzo John Mellencamp
9 Missing Everything But the Girl
10 Head Over Feet Alanis Morissette
11 I Want To Come Over Melissa Etheridge
12 One Sweet Day Mariah Carey
13 Old Man & Me Hootie & the Blowfish
14 Let’s Make a Night to Remember Bryan Adams
15 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins
16 One of Us Joan Osborne
17 It’s All Coming Back to Me Now Celine Dion
18 The Only Thing That Looks… Bryan Adams
19 Time Hootie & the Blowfish
20 Exhale Whitney Houston
21 Always Be My Baby Mariah Carey
22 Nobody Knows The Tony Rich Project
23 He Liked to Feel It Crash Test Dummies
24 Name The Goo Goo Dolls
25 Tucker’s Town Hootie & the Blowfish
26 Wonderwall Oasis
27 You’ll See Madonna
28 I Love You Always and Forever Donna Lewis
29 Free To Decide The Cranberries
30 Birmingham Amanda Marshall
31 Everything Falls Apart Dog’s Eye View
32 Walls Tom Petty
33 The World I Know Collective Soul
34 Standing Outside a Broken… Primitive Radio Gods
35 Closer to Free Bodeans
36 Jerk Kim Stockwood
37 Dreamer’s Dream Tom Cochrane
38 Flood Jars of Clay
39 Fast Love George Michael
40 Leave It Alone Moist
41 Nowhere to Go Melissa Etheridge
42 You Still Touch Me Sting
43 Killing Me Softly The Fugees
44 Hand In My Pocket Alanis Morissette
45 Don’t Cry Seal
46 Breakfast at Tiffany’s Deep Blue Something
47 Who You Are Pearl Jam
48 Gift Shop The Tragically Hip
49 Wildest Dreams Tom Cochrane
50 Looking For It Jann Arden
51 Beautiful Goodbye Amanda Marshall
52 Black Cloud Rain Corey Hart
53 E-Bow the Letter REM
54 Jealousy Natalie Merchant
55 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot Sting
56 So Far Away Rod Stewart
57 You’re Making Me High Toni Braxton
58 Better Off As We Are Blue Rodeo
59 Beautiful Life Ace of Base
60 That Girl Maxi Priest
61 Until It Sleeps Metallica
62 Mouth Merril Bainbridge
63 Blessed Elton John
64 When Love and Hate Collide Def Leppard
65 I Don’t Want to Think About It Wild Strawberries
66 Lucky Love Ace of Base
67 Everything You’ve Done Wrong Sloan
68 Good Mother Jann Arden
69 Wonder Natalie Merchant
70 Free As a Bird The Beatles
71 Jesus to a Child George Michael
72 Good Intentions Toad the Wet Sprocket
73 The Good in Everyone Sloan
74 Good Friday The Black Crowes
75 Burden in Hand Soundgarden
76 Wrong Everything But the Girl
77 Your Little Secret Melissa Etheridge
78 Angel Mine The Cowboy Junkies
79 Shoe Box The Barenaked Ladies
80 Test for Echo Rush
81 When You Love a Woman Journey
82 How Bizarre OMC
83 Champagne Supernova Oasis
84 Who Will Save Your Soul Jewel
85 Lack of Water The Why Store
86 Real Love The Beatles
87 Some Bridges Jackson Browne
88 What’s Up with That ZZ Top
89 A List of Things Damhnait Doyle
90 Crawl Tom Cochrane
91 Only Love Sophie B. Hawkins
92 Waiting For Tonight Tom Petty
93 A Common Disaster The Cowboy Junkies
94 Fall From Grace Amanda Marshall
95 Work It Out Def Leppard
96 Mission: Impossible A. Clayton/L. Mullen
97 Back For Good Take That
98 Forever Mariah Carey
99 My Friends Red Hot Chili Peppers
100 Spiderwebs No Doubt

Avril Lavigne Scores 9th Vevo Certified MV

The princess of Napanee, Ontario has done it. Avril Lavigne has scored her 9th Vevo certified music video to mark 100 million views. That MV is “Let Me Go” from her self-titled fifth studio album. Only 15 recording artists in the world have more than nine Vevo certified videos. Rihanna and Justin Bieber are at the top with more than 20. Avril Lavigne’s “Hot” is very close to certification with nearly 98 million views. Once she has ten, only 12 artists will be ahead of her. Stills from Avril’s nine certified videos are below. Can you name them all? And what is your favourite Avril Lavigne video?

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Selected New Releases 5 Feb 2016

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It’s a fairly lean week for new releases. Toronto R&B duo Majid Jordan self-titles its debut album on Drake’s OVO label. The latter rapper takes part on one of the tracks. The duo was previously featured in Drake’s Top 5 hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. Fans of The Weeknd should enjoy this further variation on alternative RnB. Canadian iTunes describes the album as “dark, spacious, and hypnotic, ideal for a late-night drive”. Currently outselling Majid Jordan, at least on iTunes, is Love Suprême by Montreal rapper Koriass.

Chicoutimi rock quintet Mordicus contributes the catchy LP Edgar Allan Pop. Also from La belle province is Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé whose beautiful, folky La mort est un jardin sauvage should hit the spot for singer-songwriter enthusiasts. Country lovers can check out Turnin’ up a Sundown from Fredericton’s Tristan Horncastle while head bangers can savour Stand in the Fire by Edmonton metal group Striker. Finally, Rimouski, QC’s Maryanne Côté has released a self-titled folk-rock EP.

Drake Shoots at The Real Jerk

The Real Jerk

Toronto rapper (not Raptor) Drake accompanied Bajan pop superstar Rihanna to 842 Gerrard Street East (near Carlaw Avenue) in CN Towerville where sits a Caribbean-style restaurant named The Real Jerk. The establishment temporarily shut down operations so that the two of them could get down to business, the business of shooting a music video that is. The MV in question is for Rihanna’s Top 20 hit “Work” which features the nasally rapper. Not surprisingly, a number of eager fans gathered outside the eatery in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the stars. Drake has been working hard lately to upgrade his city into a more powerful international entertainment hub. The humble restaurant will undoubtedly see a boost in business from being featured in the video which should keep the health inspectors busy as well. Drake’s own track “Summer Sixteen” is big on the charts and heralds an upcoming album expected out later this year. Drake is nominated for five JUNO Awards this year mainly for his 2015 album If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.

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Simple Plan Handles Opinion Overload

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Multiplatinum pop-punk group Simple Plan is geared up for the release of fifth studio album Taking One For the Team (due out Feb 19, 2016) releasing a performance music video for the LP’s opening track, “Opinion Overload”. It follows the Baywatch themed video for “I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed” which features the vocals of American R&B star Nelly and the Knight Rider David Hasselhoff. That song replaced the p in punk with an f, providing a more updated funk sound. But the Plan knows fans also want to hear that classic sound they grew up on which is what “Opinion Overload” embodies.

On its 9.5 million plus liked Facebook page, Simple Plan writes:

“Opinion Overload” is a song about following your heart and not letting anyone tell you that you can’t. For us, writing it was about getting back to our roots and reminding ourselves and everyone else what this band is all about. We wanted to make a video that strips everything bare and lays it all on the table; go back to the basics and focus on what we love the most: playing shows for you.

The video is a walk down memory lane for the five of us, right back to when we started this band and played small, sweaty clubs every night.

Of course, a lot has changed since those days, but in some crazy way, it’s almost as if nothing’s changed at all. …

Simple Plan’s most successful album for sales was 2004’s Still Not Getting Any which at quadruple platinum in 2005 sold in excess of 400,000 copies in Canada alone. The Montreal band was so popular in 2006 that it won the JUNO Fan Choice award. Simple Plan was also one of the performers at the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. More recently, the 2012 single “Summer Paradise” struck triple platinum. The group is very popular outside of Canada as well with a large international fan base.

Hooked by a Romantic Relapse

British Columbia’s Shawn Hook has released his third single off sophomore album Analog Love, “Relapse”, and it’s moving up the radio charts. The MV, embedded below, has him pulled away from a parking lot piano by a romantic relapse behind motel room door 106. Hook’s platinum single “Sound of Your Heart” is gaining traction at U.S. radio and up to #36 on their all stations rolling BDS chart.  iTunes

The Highly Anticipated Return of Kristina Maria

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After a slew of hits, a JUNO nominated album, and a feature on CBC’s The National with Peter Mansbridge, Ottawa’s Kristina Maria seemed to vanish. She broke her habit of constant updates to her social networking sites by … posting nothing at all. Not a peep was heard after April 2015. Fans were wallowing in worry. We spoke with Special Agent Fox Mulder who was confident that she had been abducted by aliens who thought her singing would bring some happiness to their distant planet. Earth singers are the best? Jeff Spicoli claimed that Kristina had become addicted to surfing and was convinced he had spotted her in The Bahamas. Katniss Everdeen maintained that Kristina was in hiding after being romantically pursued by Caesar Flickerman.

We’re not sure whose story, if any, holds water, but Kristina Maria has announced that she will be back in the spring of 2016, promising a new sound and a new style. Did Megadeath sweet talk her into switching to heavy metal? Or perhaps Diana Krall got her into jazz. Hmmm. We’ll have to wait and see what she’s cooking up for us.

Kristina Maria has placed six songs on the Billboard Hot 100, three of which have gone gold. We look forward to her new music.

DJ Simone Grewal and Singer Kristina Maria

Kristina Maria (right) with Vancouver DJ Simone Grewal

2016 JUNO Award Nominations: The Weeknd Leads with 6

2016 JUNO nominations

This morning at a press conference held at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, the 2016 JUNO Award nominations were unveiled by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Leading the nominees is The Weeknd with six. JUNO week will take place in Calgary from March 28 through April 3. Close behind The Weeknd with five nominations each are Justin Bieber and Drake while Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes have four each.

In addition to the nominations, CARAS announced the first batch of performers at this year’s gala as Alessia Cara (previously announced), Bryan Adams, Dean Brody, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd.

More information can be found at the JUNO website. Voting is now open for the JUNO Fan Choice Award here. Find all the nominations below.

JUNO Fan Choice Award

Walk Off The Earth
The Weeknd
Shawn Hook
Shawn Mendes
Justin Bieber
Drake
Dean Brody
Cœur de pirate
Carly Rae Jepsen
Alessia Cara

Single of the Year

Can’t Feel My Face, The Weeknd
Clothes Off, Ria Mae
What Do You Mean?, Justin Bieber
Hotline Bling, Drake
Here, Alessia Cara

International Album of the Year

Dream Your Life Away, Vance Joy
Four, One Direction
Title, Meghan Trainor
Hozier, Hozier
25, Adele

Album of the Year

Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd
Handwritten, Shawn Mendes
Purpose, Justin Bieber
À Paradis City, Jean Leloup
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake

Artist of the Year

The Weeknd
Shawn Mendes
Justin Bieber
Drake
City and Colour

Group of the Year

Walk Off The Earth
Three Days Grace
Metric
Marianas Trench
Hedley

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Tobias Jesso Jr.
Scott Helman
Francesco Yates
Coleman Hell
Alessia Cara

Breakthrough Group of the Year

Young Empires
The Elwins
Milk & Bone
Half Moon Run
Dear Rouge

Songwriter of the Year

“When We Were Young” 25 – Adele | “Alive” Sia | “Without You” GOON – Tobias Jesso Jr.
Tobias Jesso Jr.

“Blood”, “Lover Come Back”, “Wasted Love” IF I SHOULD GO BEFORE YOU – City and Colour
Dallas Green

“Carry On”, “Crier tout bas”, “Oceans Brawl” ROSES – Cœur de Pirate
Béatrice Martin

“Farm In The Middle Of Nowhere”, “Ke Sakihitin Awasis (I Love You Baby)”, “Love Charms (Mojo Bijoux)” POWER IN THE BLOOD – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie

“Can’t Feel My Face” – co-songwriters Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, “In The Night” – co-songwriters Ahmad Balshe, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, “The Hills” – co-songwriters Ahmad Balshe, Emmanuel Nickerson, Carlo Mantagnese BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS – The Weeknd
Abel Tesfaye

Country Album of the Year

Frontier, Paul Brandt
County Line, High Valley
Gypsy Road, Dean Brody
Pick Me Up, Brett Kissel
Anchor, Autumn Hill

Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Leave No Bridge Unburned, Whitehorse
Tobias Jesso Jr., Goon
In My Dreams, Mo Kenney
The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, Joel Plaskett
If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, Daniel Romano

Alternative Album of the Year

Viet Cong, Viet Cong
Half Free, U.S. Girls
Are You Alone?, Majical Cloudz
Poison Season, Destroyer
Deep in the Iris, BRAIDS

Pop Album of the Year

Sing It All Away, Walk Off The Earth
Handwritten, Shawn Mendes
Augusta, Scott Helman
Purpose, Justin Bieber
Hello, Hedley

Rock Album of the Year

Future Nostalgia, The Sheepdogs
No Fixed Address, Nickelback
Chaotic Neutral, Matthew Good
The Physical World, Death From Above 1979
Get Up, Bryan Adams

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Some Version of the Truth, Tara Kannangara
This Bitter Earth, Jaclyn Guillou
Clear Day, Emilie-Claire Barlow
Live from the Cellar, Dan Brubeck Quartet
New, Alex Pangman

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

Duets, Tara Davidson
Movin’ Forward, Robi Botos
Abeng, Rich Brown
Dialectics, Curtis Nowosad
It’s About Time, Al Muirhead

Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Sheer Tyranny of Will, Peripheral Vision
Stealing From My Youth, Mark Kelso & The Jazz Exiles
What I Hear Now, Jerry Granelli Trio
Over My Head, Brad Turner Quartet
Forest Grove, Allison Au Quartet

Instrumental Album of the Year

Legacy Live, Jens Lindemann and Tommy Banks
Lost Voices, Esmerine
Orchestral Powwow, Cris Derksen
Never Were The Way She Was, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
Spin Cycle, Afiara Quartet and Skratch Bastid

Francophone Album of the Year

Si l’aurore, Marie-Pierre Arthur
Les grandes artères, Louis-Jean Cormier
À Paradis City, Jean Leloup
Zulu, Galaxie
22h22, Ariane Moffatt

Children’s Album of the Year

More Sheep, Less Sleep, The Swinging Belles
Songs from the Boot, Splash’N Boots
Forest Friends’ Nature Club Album, Ginalina
Dirty Feet, Bobs & LoLo
Greatest Hits, Big Block Singsong

Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble

Franck & Strauss: Violin Sonatas, James Ehnes
Berlin Sonatas, Elinor Frey
Chamber Works by Jerzy Fitelberg, ARC Ensemble
Liszt: Piano Sonata & Sonnets, Angela Hewitt
Mendelssohn: Op. 44 nos. 1, 2, Cecilia String Quartet

Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3; Stewart Goodyear with the Czech National Symphony
Tomasi, Desenclos, Jolivet: French Trumpet Concertos; Paul Merkelo, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Symphony and New Works for Organ and Orchestra; Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Olivier Latry and Jean-Willy Kunz

Mahler 10; Orchestre Métropolitain

Vivaldi: Four Seasons; James Ehnes with the Sydney Symphony

Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance

Chansons Perpétuelles, Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Las Ciudades de Oro, L’Harmonie des Saisons

Peter-Anthony Togni: Responsio, Jeff Reilly with Andrea Ludwig, Charles Daniels, John Potter, and Suzie Leblanc

Sacred Reflections of Canada – A Canadian Mass, Canadian Chamber Choir

Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 4, Claire de Sévigné, Maria Soulis, and Aradia Ensemble

Classical Composition of the Year

Bookburners, Nicole Lizée
Centennials, Michael Oesterle
The Afar, Jordan Pal
Piano Quartet, John Burge
Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, Dinuk Wijeratne

Rap Recording of the Year

Kardi Gras Vol. 1: The Clash, Kardinal Offishall
Can’t Fly Without Gravity, k-os
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake
Sour Soul, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah
For The Town, SonReal

Dance Recording of the Year

Be Right There, Sleepy Tom & Diplo
Save Me ft. Katy B, Keys N Krates
Zero Gravity, Borgeous & Lights
Badman (Torro Torro Remix), Autoerotique & Max Styler
We All Fall Down ft. Jamie Lidell, A-Trak

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd
Butchy’s Son, Patrick Lehman
Déjà Vu, Dru
The Fall Out, August Rigo
Four Pink Walls, Alessia Cara

Reggae Recording of the Year

Escape from the Mongoose Gang, Lyndon John X
Sexy Gal ft. T.O.K., Kreesha Turner
Nah Complain ft. Daddy U Roy, Kafinal
Hello Mama, Exco Levi
The French Sessions, Dubmatix

Aboriginal Album of the Year

Refined, Don Amero
Rumble, Derek Miller
Power In The Blood, Buffy Sainte-Marie
Come and Get Your Love: The Tribe Session, Black Bear
The One, Armond Duck Chief

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Power In The Blood, Buffy Sainte-Marie
So Let’s Go, Alan Doyle
Beautiful Scars, LeE HaRVeY OsMOND
Indian Ocean, Frazey Ford
The Bliss, Fortunate Ones

Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Jayme Stone
The Chance, J.P. Cormier
Songs In The Dark, The Wainwright Sisters
A Wanderer I’ll Stay, Pharis and Jason Romero
Domestic Eccentric, Old Man Luedecke

Blues Album of the Year

Sliding Delta, Michael Jerome Browne
This Is From Here, Harrison Kennedy
Vicksburg Call, David Gogo
Brothers In This World, Blackburn
Faded But Not Gone, Big Dave McLean

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

TREES – Chapter 2, Tim Neufeld
We Are, The City Harmonic
Saints & Sinners, Matt Maher
Where The Light Is, Dan Bremnes
Brave New World, Amanda Cook

World Music Album of the Year

Resistance, The Souljazz Orchestra
Moorka, Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Revuelta Danza Party, Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra
Neo-Reconquista, Boogat
Healer, Alex Cuba

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

“Bungalow” AUGUSTA – Scott Helman | “Rule The World” (co-producer Gianni Luminati) SING IT ALL AWAY – Walk Off The Earth
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter

“La Llorona”, “On a Clear Day” CLEAR DAY – Emilie-Claire Barlow
Steve Webster & Emilie-Claire Barlow

“Locked Away ft. Adam Levine” (co-producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke Gottwald) WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF – R. City | “Sugar” (co-producer Joshua “Ammo” Coleman) V – Maroon 5
Henry “Cirkut” Walter

(co-producer Karl Bareham) “Lover Come Back”, “Wasted Love” IF I SHOULD GO BEFORE YOU – City and Colour
Dallas Green

“Honey Honey”, “What Love Is All About” WHAT LOVE IS ALL ABOUT – Johnny Reid
Bob Ezrin

Recording Engineer of the Year

“Can’t Feel My Face”, “In The Night” BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS – The Weeknd
Serban Ghenea

“Jungle”, “Know Yourself” IF YOU’RE READING THIS IT’S TOO LATE – Drake
Noah “40” Shebib

“Celebrate”, “The Governess” PAGANS IN VEGAS – Metric
Liam O’Neil

“Downtown”, “Sweet Disaster” LEAVE NO BRIDGE UNBURNED – Whitehorse
Gus Van Go

“Don’t Wanna Fight”, “Gimme All Your Love” SOUND & COLOUR – Alabama Shakes Maple
Shawn Everett

Recording Package of the Year

LES GRANDES ARTÈRES – Louis-Jean Cormier
Sarah Marcotte-Boislard (Art Director)

WEST TRAINZ – West Trainz
Erik West Milette (Art Director)

ELEMENTS – Long Distance Runners
Duncan Major (Art Director/Designer), Joel Upshall (Photographer)

LOST VOICES – Esmerine
Clyde Henry Productions: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Art Directors/Designers/Illustrators/Photographers), Constellation: Ian Ilavsky (Designer)

CLUB MEDS – Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
Cam Dales (Art Director/Designer), Ben Clarkson (Art Director/Illustrator)

Video of the Year

Hello – ADELE
Xavier Dolan

Avalanche – KALLE MATTSON
Philip Sportel

For the Town – SONREAL
Peter Huang

Dark Days – PUP
Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, Chandler Levack

Virgins – DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979
Eva Michon

Electronic Album of the Year

The Other Day, Pomo
Noontide, HUMANS
The Midas Touch, Discrete
Concubine, Concubine
A Life Well Lived, AM Static

Heavy Metal Album of the Year

Success, KEN mode
Of Ghosts and Gods, Kataklysm
Desire Will Rot, Fuck the Facts
Never Wanna Die, Diemonds
Searching for Zero, Cancer Bats

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Under One Sky, The Tenors
What Love Is All About, Johnny Reid
A Jann Arden Christmas, Jann Arden
Refined, Don Amero
Wallflower, Diana Krall

Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Burton Cummings

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Rosalie Trombley

Canadian Hot 100, 1 February 2016

Justin Bieber’s now triple platinum single “Sorry” spends its 7th week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rihanna’s “Work” which features Drake debuts at #13 while Alessia Cara’s new single “Wild Things” enters the chart at #99.

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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

Top 100 Singles of 1968 in Canada

the-beatles-hey-jude-apple-3According to RPM magazine, the biggest song of 1968 in Canada was “Hey Jude” by The Beatles. It evolved from “Hey Jules”, which Paul McCartney wrote for John Lennon’s son, Julian. Just three songs in the Top 100 below are by Canadians (bolded in red), the most successful of which was Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” (#14), the song that coined the term “heavy metal”. Note that a mistake made in the chart was that #62 and #70 were given the same entry. The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from nationwide sales and radio airplay data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Hey Jude The Beatles
2 Honey Bobby Goldsboro
3 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
4 Young Girl Gary Puckett & Union Gap
5 People Got To Be Free Rascals
6 Gren Tamourine Lemon Pipers
7 I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You The Bee Gees
8 This Guy’s In Love With You Herb Alpert
9 Harper Valley PTA Jeannie C Riley
10 Yummy Yummy Yummy Ohio Express
11 Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell
12 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat
13 Hello I Love You The Doors
14 Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
15 A Beautiful Morning The Rascals
16 Those Were the Days Mary Hopkin
17 Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde Georgie Fame
18 Lady Willpower Gary Puckett & Union Gap
19 Lady Madonna The Beatles
20 Simon Says 1910 Fruit Gum Company
21 Sunshine of Your Love Cream
22 Zabadak Dee Dozy Beaky Mick Titch
23 Fire Arthur Brown
24 Judy In Disguise John Fred/Playboys
25 Master Jack Four Jacks & A Jill
26 Tighten Up Archie Bell
27 Light My Fire Jose Feliciano
28 Stoned Soul Picnic Fifth Dimension
29 I Can Take or Leave Your Loving Herman’s Hermits
30 Hello Goodbye The Beatles
31 Mony Mony Tommy James/Shondells
32 Turn Around Look at Me The Vogues
33 MacArthur Park Richard Harris
34 Midnight Confessions The Grass Roots
35 The Unicorn The Irish Rovers
36 Jumpin’ Jack Flash The Rolling Stones
37 The Mighty Quinn Manfred Mann
38 Hush Deep Purple
39 White Room Cream
40 Cry Like a Baby The Box Tops
41 The Good The Bad & The Ugly Hugo Montenegro
42 1, 2, 3 Red Light 1910 Fruitgum Co.
43 Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan
44 The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
45 Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf
46 Baby Now That I’ve Found You The Foundations
47 Hold Me Tight Johnny Nash
48 Bend Me Shape Me American Breed
49 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Vanilla Fudge
50 Words The Bee Gees
51 Grazing in the Grass Hugh Masekela
52 Love Is All Around The Troggs
53 The Horse Cliff Nobles
54 Classical Gas Mason Williams
55 Over You Union Gap
56 Indian Lake The Cowsills
57 La La Means I Love You The Delfonics
58 Baby Come Back The Equals
59 Itchycoo Park Small Faces
60 Chewy Chewy Ohio Express
61 Love Child Diana Ross/Supremes
62 Angel of the Morning Merrilee Rush
63 Little Green Apples OC Smith
64 The Look of Love Sergio Mendes & Brasil
65 Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight T. Boyce/B. Hart
66 Fool on the Hill Sergio Mendes & Brasil
67 Girl Watcher The O’Kaysions
68 Goin’ Out…/Can’t Take My Eyes… The Lettermen
69 Bottle of Wine The Fireballs
70 Angel of the Morning Merrilee Rush
71 I Wish It Would Rain The Temptations
72 Dream a Little Dream of Me Mama Cass
73 Chewy Chewy Ohio Express
74 Cowboys and Girls The Intruders
75 Magic Bus The Who
76 Stormy Classics IV
77 Slip Away Clarence Carter
78 Walk Away Renee The Four Tops
79 Summertime Blues Blue Cheer
80 Woman Woman Union Gap
81 Since You’ve Been Gone Aretha Franklin
82 Pictures of Match Stick Men The Status Quo
83 Bang-Shang-A-Lang The Archies
84 Spooky Classics IV
85 I’m Gonna Make You Love Me Diana Ross/Supremes
86 Valley of the Dolls Dionne Warwick
87 Little Arrows Leapy Lee
88 Like to Get to Know You Spanky & Our Gang
89 Valleri The Monkees
90 For Once in My Life Stevie Wonder
91 Abraham, Martin & John Dion
92 Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin
93 Elenore The Turtles
94 Legend of Xanadu Dee Dozy Beaky Mick Titch
95 Playboy Gene & Debbie
96 Both Sides Now Judy Collins
97 DW Washburn The Monkees
98 Think Aretha Franklin
99 Just Dropped In First Edition
100 Sleepy Joe Herman’s Hermits

Selected Canadian Releases For 29 January 2016

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Televised comedy series Les Appendices releases an album of tunes from its cast members covering Season 8. Bridgeway is an excellent Montreal rock band whose sound has been described as Hedley meets Nickelback; Whatcha Want From Me is the name of the album. Toronto singer-songwriter Jason Collett (member of Broken Social Scene) is back with his latest finely crafted album Song and Dance Man.

Jeannot Bournival is a collaborator of multiplatinum artist Fred Pellerin and launches album Page 36 musique à numéro. It’s an eclectic mix with some rock, singer-songwriter, and haunting piano melodies. Toronto outfit Laser includes members Lisa Lobsinger of Broken Social Scene, Paul Pfisterer of the Beauties, and Martin Davis Kinack of Transistor Sound and Lighting Co. Together these talented musicians make mini album Night Driver one of atmospheric alternative pop with a hearty dose of electronica. Before scoring film, Michel Cusson was a member of jazz collective UZEB. The Drummondville guitarist gives us a batch of charmers on album Solo.

Editors of iTunes Canada are impressed with debut album Atone from St-Bernardin, Ontario’s Pandaléon, saying the group has “mastered the technique of build-up and release”. Another impressive work is Pêcher rien from Montreal’s Simon Kingsbury who takes a laid back approach to rock. Fine synth pop comes by way of EP Jeunes instants by trio Paupière which was featured in Exclaim magazine.

Gold/Platinum Certifications Nov 2015 – Jan 2016

Previously, we indicated all multiplatinum works with a metallic blue symbol. We have now colour coded all multiplatinum levels as follows: yellow 2x platinum, green 3x, turquoise 4x, blue 5x, indigo 6x, purple 7x, magenta 8x, and red 9x.

Music Canada has certified Justin Bieber’s Purpose a triple platinum album. His “Sorry” along with The Weeknd’s “The Hills” are triple platinum singles, the 16th and 17th by Canadians through the digital era. Below find the latest gold/platinum certifications from Music Canada involving Canadian artists.

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Certification definitions: Gold 40,000 units, Platinum 80,000 units, 2xPlatinum 160,000 units, 3xPlatinum 240,000 units.

Canadian Hot 100, 25 January 2016

We have our first Top Ten 2016 Canadian album: Greatful by rapper Classified at #6. On the Hot 100, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” spends its 6th week at #1. His “Love Yourself” reaches a new peak at #2. Two new entries are “Love Would Be Enough” by country artist Dean Brody. It is from his 2015 album Gypsy Road. Vancouver’s Sleepy Tom worked up an EDM collaboration with Diplo entitled “Be Right There” which debuts at #81.

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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