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Brett and Kira’s Wager on Eskies and Redblacks


Mike Reilly and the Edmonton Eskimos are up against Henry Burris and the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup being played out this Sunday in Winnipeg. Country musician Brett Kissel from Flat Lake, AB is so convinced that his Eskies will take the cup that he has offered a friendly wager to Ottawa country superstar Kira Isabella who is rooting for her Redblacks. The one who supports the team who loses the cup has to make a video singing one of the “winner’s” songs wearing the winning team’s colours. Brett has told Kira she’d better get crackin’ and Google the lyrics for his song “Pick Me Up”. Kira, on the other hand is no doubt very excited to see Brett sing a boogified version of her song “Shake It If Ya Got It” or any other delicacy.

Brett Kira Esks RBs

If in Ontario, you can catch Kira Isabella along with Calgary’s Wes Mack aboard the CP Holiday Train. It’ll be rolling through London next week. Brett Kissel is currently on tour in Alberta in Lethbridge, will play in Fort Saskatchewan the 27th and 28th before heading up to Whitehorse, YT on the 30th.

Love Would Be Enough for Dean Brody

DeanBrody_GypsyRoadA gold album and two platinum singles into his career, JUNO winning country music artist Dean Brody continues his prowess at penning well-crafted songs with inspiring lyrics. He releases this week the music video for “Love Would Be Enough” which we have embedded below. Dean is one of the four Canuck kings of country radio who in the last few years have topped the BDS charts. A most interesting detail which a cursory glance of the MV would fail to pick up on is that Brody shows his support to fellow country artist Jess Moskaluke by wearing her hat. Many artists within the Canadian country music scene have expressed a strong feeling of family in the team spirit among them. The new song is lifted from Dean’s superb album Gypsy Road released earlier in 2015.  iTunes

Platinum Albums Released In 2015

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More detailed information should be coming out next month from Nielsen regarding the best-selling albums in Canada through the year. A preamble is that five albums released in 2015 have thus far been certified platinum sellers, and four of them are from Canadian artists (see below). Platinum in Canada is currently set at 80,000 pure sales, be they physical or digital.

À Paradis City, Jean Leloup
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake
Yoan, Yoan
Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons

With big sellers recently launched from Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Adele on the eve of the year’s biggest retail season heading into December 25, more certifications will undoubtedly be announced by year end. Justin Bieber’s Purpose and its tracks have broken a number of records. The album itself sold 77,000 copies (just 3,000 shy of platinum) in its first week.

Adele pulled a Taylor Swift by keeping her new album 25 off streaming services. It sold a staggering 216,000 copies in its first four days making it the fastest selling album since 1997 when Céline Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love sold 230,000 in 7 days. This has brightened the spirits of the music industry oppressed by despondency in the midst of piracy, digital music, and now online streaming. It proves that a really good album marketed and released in the right way does have a shot at reaching sales comparable to the industry peak experienced in the 1990s. In any event, many assumptions that have been made have been exposed as erroneous by a single stroke, and strategies may now be re-examined.

Top 100 Singles of 1987 in Canada

Los Lobos - la bambaAccording to RPM Magazine, the biggest song of 1987 in Canada was “La Bamba” by Los Lobos. Originally a Mexican folk song, Ritchie Valens adapted it to rock and roll scoring a hit in 1958. The 1987 biographical film La Bamba about Valens featured the Los Lobos cover.  Twelve songs from the year-end top 100 chart below involve Canadian artists which have been bolded in red. The top song from a Canadian was “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (#29) by Corey Hart, a cover of the Elvis Presley classic. 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.

1 La Bamba Los Lobos
2 I Wanna Dance with Somebody Whitney Houston
3 Touch Me (I Want Your Body) Samantha Fox
4 Lean on Me Club Nouveau
5 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Starship
6 Mony Mony Billy Idol
7 Died In Your Arms Cutting Crew
8 Always Atlantic Starr
9 At This Moment Billy Vera/Beaters
10 Nothing’s Gonna Change Glenn Medeiros
11 Alone Heart
12 Who’s That Girl Madonna
13 I Want Your Sex George Michael
14 With or Without You U2
15 Heart and Soul T’Pau
16 Here I Go Again Whitesnake
17 Funkytown Psuedo Echo
18 Shakedown Bob Seger
19 Shake You Down Gregory Abbott
20 Somewhere Out There Ronstadt/Ingram
21 Head to Toe Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
22 La Isla Bonita Madonna
23 I Think We’re Alone Now Tiffany
24 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Kim Wilde
25 Walk Like an Egyptian Bangles
26 Boom Boom Paul Lekakis
27 C’est La Vie Robbie Nevil
28 Livin’ on a Prayer Bon Jovi
29 Can’t Help Falling in Love Corey Hart
30 I Heard a Rumour Bananarama
31 Luka Suzanne Vega
32 Time of My Life Medley/Warnes
33 Can’t Stop Loving You Michael Jackson
34 Don’t Dream It’s Over Crowded House
35 Knew You Were Waiting G. Michael/A. Franklin
36 Heaven Is a Place Belinda Carlisle
37 Keep Your Hands to Yourself Georgia Satellites
38 Together Joey Gregorash
39 Only in My Dreams Debbie Gibson
40 Everybody Have Fun Tonight Wang Chung
41 Looking for a New Love Jody Watley
42 Causing a Commotion Madonna
43 Paper in Fire John Mellencamp
44 Didn’t We Almost Have It All Whitney Houston
45 Faith George Michael
46 The Final Countdown Europe
47 When Smokey Sings ABC
48 Try Blue Rodeo
49 Montego Bay Amazulu
50 Still Haven’t Found U2
51 Wild Horses Gino Vannelli
52 Will You Still Love Me Chicago
53 Heat of the Night Bryan Adams
54 Bad Michael Jackson
55 You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi
56 The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby
57 It’s a Sin Pet Shop Boys
58 Stand By Me Ben E. King
59 Lost in Emotion Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
60 Moonlight Desires Gowan
61 Got My Mind Set on You George Harrison
62 Brilliant Disguise Bruce Springsteen
63 Land of Confusion Genesis
64 Respect Yourself Bruce Willis
65 Something So Strong Crowded House
66 Lessons in Love Level 42
67 Don’t Mean Nothing Richard Marx
68 Open Your Heart Madonna
69 Holiday Rap M.C. Miker “G”
70 Lady in Red Chris deBurgh
71 Fight for Your Right Beastie Boys
72 You’re the Voice John Farnham
73 Let’s Wait Awhile Janet Jackson
74 Talk Dirty to Me Poison
75 Carrie Europe
76 Midnight Blue Lou Gramm
77 You Got It All The Jets
78 Diamonds Herb Alpert
79 Ballerina Girl Lionel Richie
80 Pop Goes the World Men Without Hats
81 Contact Platinum Blonde
82 Sign ‘o’ the Times Prince
83 Can’t We Try Dan Hill
84 Let’s Go Wang Chung
85 Rhythm Is Gonna Get You Gloria Estefan
86 Everything I Own Boy George
87 Dance Desire Haywire
88 I’ve Been In Love Before Cutting Crew
89 Little Lies Fleetwood Mac
90 The One I Love REM
91 Big Time Peter Gabriel
92 Big Love Fleetwood Mac
93 You’re What I Look For Glass Tiger
94 Closer Together The Box
95 Where the Streets Have No Name U2
96 The Rain Oran “Juice” Jones
97 We’ll Be Together Sting
98 Casanova Levert
99 Mandolin Rain Bruce Hornsby
100 Cross My Broken Heart The Jets

Canadian Hot 100, 23 November 2015

Justin Bieber’s Purpose #1; All 18 Tracks in Hot 100

Justin Bieber‘s Purpose debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. It is his 7th chart-topping album. In just one week, Purpose sold 77,000 copies (3,000 shy of platinum) in Canada nearly doubling the previous highest one-week total in 2015 to date, from Mumford & Sons. It surpasses Bieber’s previous one-week sales total, 2012’s Believe at 57,000. What is even more impressive is that all 18 tracks of the deluxe version of the album are in this week’s Canadian Hot 100! It is the 10th number one album from a Canadian artist in 2015. Johnny Reid‘s What Love Is All About debuts at No. 3 on the albums chart with 15,000 units sold. Kevin Bazinet‘s Talk To Me debuts at No. 5 with 8,000 units sold.

More Than One-Third of Hot 100 BY Canadian ARTISTS

Justin Bieber’s populating the Hot 100 with all album tracks helped more than one-third of this week’s Hot 100 (34 entries) to be songs involving Canadian artists. Six of the Top 10 songs are by Canadians and 16 of the Top 40. The collaboration between Shawn Mendes and Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, debuts at No. 85. Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” catapulted itself 82 positions up to No. 3.

Justin Bieber Has Now Placed 65 Songs In Hot 100

Some impressive stats on the Biebs are that, with 14 new entries into the Canadian Hot 100, he now has landed a total of 65 songs (including five tracks as a featured artist) on the chart since his debut in July 2009. Of these, 40 have made the Top 40, and 15 the Top 10. Besides Canada, Justin Bieber’s Purpose album debuted at No. 1 in the United States and Australia; in the UK he settled for No. 2 behind One Direction.

Statistics on Justin Bieber’s Purpose in the USA

For those of you who are interested, Purpose sold 522,000 pure copies (649,000 equivalent album units) in the United States while One Direction’s Made in the A.M. sold 402,000 pure sales (459,000 equivalent units). Purpose is Bieber’s 6th number one album in The States and earns the largest weekly unit total for an album in 2015 surpassing his fellow Canadian Drake whose If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late launched with 535,000 equivalent units. It is also the largest sales week ever for the Biebs. Believe sold 374,000 pure copies in the U.S. back in 2012. The Bieber/One Directon combo is the first time since September 2007 that two debuting albums in the United States sold more than 400k each in the same frame.

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The current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE


RK – CanCon rank
TW – This week’s chart position
LW – Last week’s chart position
RE – Re-entry
WC – Weeks on the chart
PP – Peak chart position
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
CE – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada
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

Canadians Shine at American Music Awards

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The 43rd annual American Music Awards (AMAs) took place tonight at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, USA. Three of the four red carpet performers were Canadians: Francesco Yates, Alessia Cara, and Shawn Mendes. Mendes was also a presenter at the gala along with fellow Canadian Kevin O’Leary.

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Gala performers included Justin Bieber, Alanis Morissette, Céline Dion, and The Weeknd! Alanis teamed up with Demi Lovato for two generations of girl power.

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The Weeknd performed with a stage literally on fire! He won multiple awards including for Favourite Album – R&B/Soul and Favourite Artist in the same genre. He was presented with a trophy by none other than Prince!

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While The Weeknd had everything up in flames, Justin Bieber had to provide a little water action. He performed a medley of three songs: “Where Are U Now” which won the Collaboration of the Year Award with Skrillex and Diplo, “What Do You Mean”, and “Sorry”.

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And, yes, the best-selling Canadian recording artist of all time Céline Dion performed Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” before a series of beautiful backdrops of Paris. Many in the audience – both men and women – were bawling. It was truly magnificent.

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Justin Bieber’s Purpose Debuts at #1 in Australia

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While in the United Kingdom, 1D beat out the Biebs in the albums race to number one and Justin dethroned Adele on the singles chart, it is the reverse situation in Australia this week. Justin Bieber’s Purpose debuts at #1 and One Direction settles for #2 on the official albums chart. On the singles chart, Adele’s “Hello” remains at #1 and Bieber’s “Sorry” at #2.

The Biebs Breaks an ARIA Chart Record

The Biebs has a total of 11 tracks on Australia’s singles chart this week, 8 of which are in the Top 50, and 3 in the Top 10. No other living artist has ever had 11 songs simultaneously in Australia’s Top 100. Michael Jackson’s passing landed 30 of his songs on the charts at once. This is the first time Bieber has had three simultaneous Top 10 singles down under.

Canadian Pop Royalty Down Under

Purpose is Justin Bieber’s third #1 album in Australia, the world’s sixth largest music market. ARIA noted that in terms of Canadian artists scoring number one albums in Australia, Michael Bublé and Céline Dion lead, each with five. Bieber is second with three. Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, and k.d. lang each have two.

Australia Gets Sutured by Shawn Mendes

It is good news for Shawn Mendes as he has scored his very first Top 10 hit in Australia with “Stitches”.

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This week, Canadian artists have five tracks in Australia’s Top 10 singles. Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” is #2, “Love Yourself” #3, and “What Do You Mean?” #7. “The Hills” by The Weeknd is #6, and “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes is #10.

Canadians have three discs in Australia’s Top 10 albums. Justin Bieber’s Purpose is #1, Michael Bublé’s Christmas is #6, and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness is #10.

A Tribe Called Red at Sydney Opera House

In other exciting news, A Tribe Called Red is on tour in Australia for the first time. The JUNO-winning electric pow-pow group expressed feeling humbled and honoured to perform at the Sydney Opera House!

Girl Power: New Hot 100 Female Soloists in 2015


We were asked to provide information on new Canadian female soloists in 2015. By “new” we will identify those who made the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 for the first time through the year to date. Many more of course released their debut singles, EPs, or albums in a variety of genres this year.

To date, a total of 95 tracks credited or co-credited to Canadian artists peaked on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 in 2015. Of these, 11 were from female soloists which are listed below.

“Sorries” by Andee
“I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Carry On” by Coeur de Pirate
“Beast” by Mia Martina
“Fly” by Avril Lavigne
“Jackpot” by Jocelyn Alice
“Here” by Alessia Cara
“Clothes Off” by Ria Mae
“Dangerous” by Alyssa Reid
“Run Away With Me” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Ghosts” by Charlie

Andee made the Hot 100 last year with her Top 40 hit “Never Gone”. Carly Rae Jepsen, Mia Martina, Avril Lavigne, and Alyssa Reid are no strangers to the Canadian charts. Coeur de Pirate is a bit of an anomaly. “Carry On/Oublie Moi” is her first song to ever make the Hot 100, but she certainly is not new to success with a couple of platinum albums under her tuque. That leaves four “new” charting female soloists for 2015:

Jocelyn Alice
Alessia Cara
Ria Mae

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Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice has been releasing music independently since 2011. “Jackpot” was her breakout single in 2015. It has gone gold.

Unlike the other three, teenager Alessia Cara broke out internationally, not just within Canada. Gold single “Here” was her official debut. She followed it up with EP Four Pink Walls and LP Know-It-All, all released in 2015. She is of Italian descent and grew up in Brampton, Ontario.

Ria Mae independently released an EP in 2009 and an album in 2011, but 2015 was her breakout year getting signed to Sony Music and going gold with hit single “Clothes Off”. Ria is from Halifax.

Like Jocelyn Alice, Charlie (Storwick) is from Calgary and like Alessia Cara, she is a teen star. She was crowned winner of YTV’s The Next Star Season 4 when she was 12. “Ghosts” is her formal debut single.

Top 100 Singles of 2008 in Canada

timbaland ft One Republic ApologizeAccording to the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, the biggest song of 2008 in Canada was “Apologize” by Timbaland featuring One Republic. The original song appeared on One Republic’s debut album. Timbaland remixed it with an urban lean. Twenty-one songs from the year-end top 100 chart below involve Canadian artists which have been bolded in red. The top song by a Canadian, at #11, was “Dangerous” by Kardinal Offishall. 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.

1 Apologize Timbaland
2 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis
3 Low Flo Rida
4 4 Minutes Madonna
5 I Kissed A Girl Katy Perry
6 Just Dance Lady GaGa
7 No One Alicia Keys
8 Disturbia Rihanna
9 Viva La Vida Coldplay
10 Don’t Stop The Music Rihanna
11 Dangerous Kardinal Offishall
12 Pocketful Of Sunshine Natasha Bedingfield
13 Forever Chris Brown
14 For The Nights I Can’t … Hedley
15 When I Grow Up The Pussycat Dolls
16 No Air J. Sparks/C. Brown
17 Take A Bow Rihanna
18 Bubbly Colbie Caillat
19 So What Pink
20 Shake It Metro Station
21 See You Again Miley Cyrus
22 Love Song Sara Bareilles
23 Never Too Late Hedley
24 Love In This Club Usher
25 American Boy Estelle
26 Don’t Call Me Baby Kreesha Turner
27 Tattoo Jordin Sparks
28 With You Chris Brown
29 Stop And Stare OneRepublic
30 Piece Of Me Britney Spears
31 Hot N Cold Katy Perry
32 Clumsy Fergie
33 Stronger Kanye West
34 Into The Night Santana Ft. Chad Kroeger
35 1234 Feist
36 Mercy Duffy
37 Your Love Is A Lie Simple Plan
38 One Step At A Time Jordin Sparks
39 Lollipop Lil Wayne
40 Paper Planes M.I.A.
41 Take You There Sean Kingston
42 Hot Avril Lavigne
43 If I Never See Your Face Again Maroon 5
44 Closer Ne-Yo
45 Sorry Buckcherry
46 The Way I Are Timbaland
47 Kiss Kiss Chris Brown
48 Better In Time Leona Lewis
49 Big Girls Don’t Cry Fergie
50 Shadow Of The Day Linkin Park
51 Crank That Soulja Boy Tell’em
52 All Summer Long Kid Rock
53 I’ll Keep Your Memory Vague Finger Eleven
54 It’s Not My Time 3 Doors Down
55 Touch My Body Mariah Carey
56 Leavin’ Jesse McCartney
57 Let It Rock Kevin Rudolf
58 Break The Ice Britney Spears
59 Summertime New Kids On The Block
60 Violet Hill Coldplay
61 Old School Hedley
62 When I’m Gone Simple Plan
63 Give It 2 Me Madonna
64 Paralyzer Finger Eleven
65 Womanizer Britney Spears
66 Love Like This Natasha Bedingfield
67 Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) Wyclef Jean
68 Feedback Janet Jackson
69 Money Honey State Of Shock
70 Drive My Soul Lights
71 Calabria 2008 Enur
72 Elevator Flo Rida
73 Hey There Delilah Plain White T’s
74 In The Ayer Flo Rida
75 The Time Of My Life David Cook
76 Burnin’ Up Jonas Brothers
77 New Soul Yael Naim
78 Won’t Go Home Without You Maroon 5
79 Whatever You Like T.I.
80 Sexy Can I Ray J & Yung Berg
81 All Or Nothing Theory Of A Deadman
82 Gotta Be Somebody Nickelback
83 When I’m With You Faber Drive
84 The End Andrew F
85 Keeps Gettin’ Better Christina Aguilera
86 7 Things Miley Cyrus
87 Best I Ever Had State Of Shock
88 Say John Mayer
89 Crush David Archuleta
90 Taking Chances Celine Dion
91 Shut Up And Let Me Go The Ting Tings
92 Unlove You Elise Estrada
93 In Love With A Girl Gavin DeGraw
94 Feels Like Tonight Daughtry
95 Love Lockdown Kanye West
96 Like Me Girlicious
97 Umbrella Rihanna
98 Live Your Life T.I.
99 Wake Up Call Maroon 5
100 Hate That I Love You Rihanna

New Releases 20 November 2015

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Eight Canadian albums deck the halls of record shops this week. Surprise, surprise, while fresh releases by Adele and Enya are eating up the charts and Bieber and 1D are still going strong from last week, a couple of Canadian acts are giving them all a run for their money with new albums. In the lead of these on iTunes is Manu Militari, a popular Francophone rapper from Montreal. Océan is the name of his album. Right behind him is two-time JUNO nominated Les Trois Accords from Drummondville, QC. Continuing to mix rock with often humorous lyrics, the new album is called Joie d’être gai.

More Montreal rap appears in the form of Reality Check by Vendetta. Released back on the 17th is a delicious self-titled rock album from Winnipeg’s amazing Brandy Zdan. Alternative artist Foxtrott from Montreal launches the very cool A Taller Us.

For album N’we Jinan the Gathering, Vol. 2, Quebec-based label N’we Jinan produces a various artists compilation of songs by First Nations youth all across Canada and in a few different genres. In Tous en choeur, legendary country singer-songwriter Patrick Norman performs some of his greatest hits with the accompaniment of a choir. Finally, ten-time JUNO winning multiplatinum rock group Rush treats us with live album R40 Live in celebration of 40 years in music.

The Canadian album count for 2015 to date is 626 LPs and 140 EPs. There will be a few more releases next week. Not much is expected in December. Last year the whole month saw only seven LPs.

Céline Dion To Honour Paris at the AMAs

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22:  Celine Dion performs during the 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf on November 22, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

The best-selling Canadian recording artist of all-time, Céline Dion, will be performing a Franco song at the 2015 American Music Awards on Sunday, November 22 as a tribute to those affected by the recent attacks in Paris. She will sing a special rendition of Edith Piaf’s classic “Hymne à L’Amour”.

The music of “Hymne à L’Amour” was composed by Marguerite Monnot and the lyrics by Piaf which are about her lover, boxer Marcel Cerdan. She first performed the song at the Cabaret Versailles in New York City on September 14, 1949. On October 28, a month and a half later, Cerdan was on his way from Paris to New York to visit her, the plane crashed, and he was killed. Piaf passed away at the young age of 47 in 1963 from cancer of the liver.

The American Music Awards were launched by Dick Clark in 1973. Winners are determined solely by votes from the general public. However, to vote, one must be within the borders of the United States. This year’s show will be hosted by Selena star Jennifer Lopez.

Canadian artists are up for a total of eight trophies this year: five nominations for The Weeknd, two for Drake, and one for Justin Bieber.

In addition to Céline Dion other Canadians slated to perform at the gala are Justin Bieber, Alanis Morissette, and The Weeknd! International artists include Carrie Underwood, One Direction, Walk the Moon, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Gwen Stefani, Pentatonix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Coldplay, Luke Bryan, Karen Fairchild, and 5 Seconds of Summer.

The American Music Awards will be broadcast from the United States to 160 countries worldwide.

In Britain Bieber Bows to 1D But Dethrones Adele

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The exciting chart battles between global A-listers releasing new music has played out the first round in the United Kingdom today, as British charts are updated Fridays. Canadian and U.S. charts are refreshed on Tuesdays, so we will have to wait for a few days on those. Chart battles are not to be taken too seriously, as they look only at indicators of the popularity of recordings relative to each other through one week. Many buy music from multiple artists involved. But if treated in a lighthearted way, they can be fun.

The good news for Canada’s Justin Bieber is that he has dethroned Adele on the British Singles chart, as his “Sorry” supplants her “Hello” to take the top spot. “Hello” slips to #2. “Love Yourself” off Bieber’s newly released album Purpose debuts at #3. The Biebs co-wrote the track with Britain’s Ed Sheeran. But perhaps the biggest news of all is that Justin Bieber has broken the record for the most simultaneous songs in the UK Top 40 from a living artist. This week he has eight of them!

Sorry number one in UK

The bad news for Justin is that he lost out to One Direction on the British Albums chart, as the band’s Made in the AM debuts at #1, while Bieber’s Purpose lands at #2.

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Justin Bieber recently had fun with personality James Corden in his popular Carpool Karaoke sketch, singing Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” and picking out clothes for each other while dodging the paparazzi. See the video below.

Michael Bublé Gears Up For His Annual Christmas Special

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Twelve-time JUNO award winner Michael Bublé will hold his annual Christmas special on December 10, 2015. The native of Burnaby, BC, will bring us some holiday cheer for the fifth time. Musical guests announced on the Christmas in Hollywood extravaganza are Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Tori Kelly, and his fellow Canadian diamond recording artist Céline Dion! Plus, comedy segments set in classic Hollywood locations will involve Blake Shelton, Jay Leno, and Montreal’s William Shatner!

Michael says that his next album, in the works, while maintaining his big band, swing sound and contemporary standards will include some original pop songs and that Max Martin is involved. Sweden’s Martin is responsible for over twenty number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Michael says that his most recent album To Be Loved was his favourite of all that he has made. It was the record he made for himself. At double platinum in Canada, it was not his biggest hit. He says now he wants to make a record for the people. It will be his ninth studio album.

Headlines and Footdots for 18 November 2015

Shawn and Camila Know What You Did Last Summer

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Shawn Mendes steps into 6th harmony shoes, as he teams up with Camila Cabello, a member of U.S. singing group Fifth Harmony. The collaborative single dropped on iTunes last night and quickly shimmied its way into the Top 4 Songs. The two had teased the new single all week on social networking sites. “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is also the title of the horror flick that came out the same year Camila was born. Shawn will be re-releasing his debut album as Handwritten Revisited on Friday with new tracks.

Nick Carter Features Canadian on All American Album

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Formerly a member of U.S. singing group The Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter has been carving out a solo career while getting involved in Dancing with the Stars. His first solo album Now or Never in 2002 went gold in Canada. On November 25, Nick releases new album All American. The title however appears to have been a tad premature, as a Canadian joins him on track “Get Over Me”. It is none other than Avril Lavigne!

New Precious Metal Certifications

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Music Canada has announced new gold/platinum certifications. “The Hills” by The Weeknd is now double platinum for sales of 160,000 units. It joins his earlier “Earned It” with that milestone. “Can’t Feel My Face” has not yet received certification. Also at double platinum is Justin Bieber‘s “What Do You Mean” while “Sorry” has gone gold for 40,000 downloads. Song “Bring Down the House” by Dean Brody is declared platinum for sales of 80,000 downloads. It is his second single to be decked with the metal, the first being “Canadian Girls”. Ria Mae‘s track “Clothes Off” is gold, her first.

Cuddy and Keelor: Officers of the Order of Canada

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Blue Rodeo‘s Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are now Officers of the Order of Canada. They were recently invested during a ceremony at Rideau Hall along with several others including astronaut Chris Hadfield. The Officer of the Order of Canada (post-nominal letters: OC) recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large. Appointments are limited to 64 per year and there is no limit to the number of living individuals at any given time. Other officers include singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, music producer David Foster, actor Donald Sutherland, basketball player Steve Nash, and news anchor Peter Mansbridge. Cuddy and Keelor were honoured not only for their work as musicians, but also for their dedication to charitable work, music education, sports, and supporting the armed forces.

Dark Matter Is Alive with Melissa O’Neil

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Canadian Idol victor (season 3 in 2005) Melissa O’Neil of Calgary seemed to have dropped off the map after her quadruple platinum single “Alive” and gold, self-titled album. As her fans awaited a second album, she took to the stage in a number of musical productions and appeared in the 2010 Canadian comedy-horror film Broken Hearts. Melissa has resurfaced in a much more visible way as one of the main characters in television science fiction series Dark Matter which began airing this year. The series premiere attracted over 270,000 viewers on the Space channel in Canada and 1.28 million viewers on the Syfy channel in the U.S. It is also airing in the U.K. and Australia. Due to its success, Dark Matter was renewed for a second season.

Carly Reveals Inspiration for Your Type MV + New Christmas Single Coming

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Carly Rae Jepsen in a behind the scenes look at shooting her recent music video for “Your Type” says that part of the inspiration came from her working at The Media Club in Vancouver where she used to tend the bar and sing on occasion. She says that often someone would not show up for his or her shows, and she would have to fill in by singing a couple of songs. Sometimes the audience would not pay attention and other times she was able to win them over. You can watch the behind the scenes video here. Carly will be releasing a cover of Wham’s “Last Christmas” on Friday.

Alessia Cara Covers Love Yourself


We leave you with this boss cover video. Toque-clad Alessia Cara performs Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”.