Headlines for Mid-April 2015

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A Host of Celebrities Praise Avril Lavigne for “Fly”

A number of celebrities have taken to Twitter to express praises to Avril Lavigne for her new song and music video “Fly” released in support of the Special Olympics. These celebrities include country band Rascall Flatts, pop stars Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Nicole Scherzinger, The Backstreet Boys and Nick Carter, and actress Eva Longoria. “This video gives me chills @AvrilLavigne,” tweeted Britney Spears, “So beautiful what you’re doing for @SpeicalOlympics”. Avril replied, “Thanks @britneyspears I’m glad you like my video for FLY xo lots of love”. Nick Carter tweeted, “I’m loving @AvrilLavigne new song Fly … good job girl!”

Diana Krall Finds a Gold Wallflower

Music Canada has certified Diana Krall’s latest studio album Wallflower a gold disc. It is the third Canadian album released in 2015 to receive the distinction. Diana’s most successful album to date was 2001’s The Look of Love at 7x platinum.

Anjulie Greets 100 Million Boys

The music video for Nicki Minaj’s “The Boys” has been Vevo certified for 100 million views. Nicki may not be Canadian but the song was composed for her by a Canadian artist – Oakville, Ontario JUNO winner Anjulie.

No Next Star for YTV

YTV annual talent search show that helped launch the careers of Victoria Duffield and Alyssa Reid has announced that it has been placed on hiatus for 2015. It encouraged young talents to keep practising their singing and continue following its social network accounts for news concerning previous winners. Last year Jory Zechner won the competition.

MAGIC! is in Jeopardy!

Reggae group MAGIC! found itself in a question on game show Jeopardy hosted by Canadian Alex Trebek. The answer of the $2,000 “Hit Songs” category in the double jeopardy round was ‘THIS GROUP! GOT “RUDE” & PRESTO! HAD A HIT IN 2014!’ The contestant provided the correct question: “What is MAGIC!?”

Music Release Day Switching to Friday Worldwide

The IFPI recently released its annual Digital Music Report which did not contain too many eyebrow raisers. However, one significant change announced is summarized best by Music Canada in the following statement. “The Digital Music Report also covers plans for Global Release Day, which is the industry’s decision to synchronize the release schedule for all markets, allowing consumers to access new music on the same day worldwide. Beginning July 10, 2015, Friday will become the new release day, reducing the risk of piracy by shortening the release gap between markets, and providing new marketing opportunities for record labels over the weekend.” Currently, in Canada, music is usually released on Tuesdays. As a rule, music is released at a much later date in the United Kingdom. The industry hopes the change will be for the better.

Salomé Leclerc Walks in the Paths of the Shadow

The sophomore LP from extraordinary singer-songwriter Salomé Leclerc made the year-end best of album lists of many entities including ours. We leave you with the brand new MV for track “Les chemins de l’ombre”.