Avril Lavigne TO VOICE Snow White
Rock queen Avril Lavigne announced today that she will be the voice of Snow White in the upcoming Hollywood animated feature Charming. The film is being produced by John H. Williams who was behind the Shrek series. Charming will bring classic princess protagonists together: Snow White (Avril Lavigne), Cinderella (Ashley Tisdale), and Sleeping Beauty (G.E.M.). The latter is the stage name (standing for Get Everybody Moving) of Hong Kong pop superstar Gloria Tang. Coincidentally, G.E.M. was first discovered by the music industry in 2006 at a singing competition, the name of her self-penned song performed being “Sleeping Beauty”. Demi Lovato will voice the lead character of Lenore in the film. The plot revolves around all princesses being engaged to Prince Charming who has not yet been cast. With singers taking on the roles, we can expect the animated comedy to break out into song. This should be a fun film for all ages to enjoy in 2016.
Michael Bublé in Upcoming Elvis Presley Album
Sony Music will be releasing album If I Can Dream October 30 in which Elvis Presley’s music is given an orchestral makeover thanks to the Royal Philharmonic. Included will be duets with operatic group Il Volo on track “It’s Now or Never” and Burnaby, BC’s Michael Bublé on “Fever”. iTunes
The Weeknd First Performer Confirmed at VMAs
The Weeknd has announced that he will be performing at this year’s MTV video awards on August 30, 2015. He is the first performer to be confirmed. The R&B star from Toronto has dominated the singles charts in 2015 with double-platinum certified “Earned It” and current #2 smash “Can’t Feel My Face”. His album Beauty Behind the Madness will be out on August 28.
Raghav Lyric Video Surpasses Half a Million Views
After only its first week of release, Calgarian JUNO nominee Raghav has attracted over half a million views for the lyric video of his latest single “Until the Sun Comes Up” which features American RnB A-lister Nelly and Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan. The formal music video will be out August 12 and showcases the introduction of electricity and light to a locale in Africa, a humanitarian project with which Raghav has become involved. We have embedded the teaser trailer below. In an interesting note, Raghav stated during a recent BBC interview that when Canadian radio program directors were faced with a choice between versions of the song with Hindi versus English intros and outros, they all chose the Hindi version, a sign of the Canadian broadcast industry’s maturation in the midst of one of the most multicultural countries in the world.
Grimes MAKES THE COVER OF Fader Magazine
Vancouver raised electronic artist Grimes (Claire Boucher) is the cover story in the August/September issue of New York based Fader magazine which specializes in cutting-edge music, fashion, style, and culture. In a piece of trivia, The Fader was the first print publication to be launched through iTunes and has been credited with giving exposure to artists prior to mainstream success, including Drake. You can view the full article on Grimes here.
Drake’s OVO Fest 2015 Marred By Two Shooting Deaths
On to some bad news. OVO Fest is an annual concert hosted by Canadian rapper Drake in Toronto, which began on August 2, 2009, and is held during the civic holiday long weekend. Although the timing coincides with Toronto’s Caribana festival which celebrates Caribbean culture, OVO Fest features artists more inclined towards American urban music than Caribbean soca, calypso, zouk, and reggae. OVO Fest is named after Drake-created record label OVO (October’s Very Own) Sound.
2015’s two-day OVO Fest, headlined by acts such as Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, was marred by an after-party shooting that killed Duvel Hibbert, 23, of Brampton and Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, of Toronto. As of late, Drake’s public squabbles with American rapper Meek Mill, whether staged or genuine, have resulted in an upsurge of record sales for both parties. Police have some leads in the murders, but no arrests have been made thus far in the investigation. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the two young victims.
New CSHF Song Inductees
Back to the good news, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) recently inducted two classics. “When My Baby Smiles at Me” was composed by Montrealer Billy Munro. The song made big band leader Ted Lewis an international star and inspired the eponymous 1948 Oscar-nominated film that starred Betty Grable. This ragtime piece has been recorded many times by such notables as Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller.
“Vivre en Amour” was Luc Cousineau’s first hit as a soloist. He co-wrote the song with lyricist Roger Magnan. It was released in May 1976 and championed the Franco radio charts. It was awarded by SOCAN in 1995 for achieving 25,000 spins.
Jill Barber freshens up these two vintage pieces for a modern audience. We have embedded the two videos from CBC music below.