Headlines and Footdots for Late August, 2015

Jocelyn Alice Hits the Gold Jackpot

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Calgary electropop artist Jocelyn Alice has scored her first gold single – “Jackpot”. Music Canada recently awarded the song for sales reaching 40,000 units. It is the singer’s first Billboard Top 40 hit as well. Jocelyn began her career as a finalist in Popstars. Her music was licensed by a number of TV shows and commercials, as well as the movie Dear Santa, and she was in the duo Jocelyn & Lisa with Lisa Jacobs.

Coleman Hell Places 2 Heads in the Top 40


Another significant milestone was passed by Thunder Bay born Coleman Hell, as neo-trad single “2 Heads” entered the Billboard Top 40 this week at #39.

Alan Frew Suffers Stroke

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All were shaken by the news that Alan Frew, frontman of one of Canada’s most beloved 80s bands Glass Tiger suffered a stroke on Thursday. We wish him a speedy recovery.

The CCMA Announces Gala Performers

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The Canadian Country Music Association has announced that performers on the awards show this year will be Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Kira Isabella, Wes Mack, Steven Lee Olsen, MacKenzie Porter, Johnny Reid, Autumn Hill, Paul Brandt, Florida Georgia Line, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke, Thomas Rhett, and Dallas Smith. The 2015 CCMA Awards will take place in Halifax on September 13. Eight awards will be presented at the gala, hosted by television personality Jessi Cruickshank. More information on the performers can be found here.

Industry Executives Play Musical Chairs

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The business side of the Canadian music industry was giddied by the news today that Universal Music Canada head Randy Lennox has thrown in the towel to fill a new position at Bell Media, president of entertainment production and broadcasting. Bell is Canada’s largest television, radio and digital media company. The void at Universal, Canada’s largest record label, was filled by the head of indie label Arts & Crafts, Jeffrey Remedios. Stepping into Jeffrey’s shoes is Arts & Crafts former VP Kieran Roy. More details can be found here.

Taylor-Made from Alanis

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We may know it as home of the Kings, but at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, USA, country crooner turned pop star Taylor Swift paid tribute during her show there on Monday to Ottawa’s Alanis Morissette. During her third night of five, Swift told the crowd that Morisette’s music had a major impact on her life and career path during the 90s, saying she “defined the music of her decade”. The two performed together on stage.

Lorde Endorses Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion

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New Zealand superstar Lorde was in attendance at Carly Rae Jepsen’s release party for third album Emotion held in West Hollywood, USA. With a dash of kiwi reverse sarcasm, Lorde posted an Instagram photo with the caption, “e•mo•tion is one of those annoying records where every song is good. kills me, but i hid my frustration for a night and just danced. the release show was so much fun carly killed it…” The new album was named by Time magazine as frontrunner for pop album of the year and received a strong Metacritic rating of 78/100. By comparison, album 1989 by the aforementioned Taylor Swift scored 76.

Arkells Find Record Store Romance at 11:11

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After Zayn Malik parted ways with One Direction, Max Kerman of Hamilton group Arkells announced he was joining the British boy band. We surmise he received a phone call from Marianas Trench’s Matt Webb who sent him in the … right direction … by staying with Arkells. We’re glad for that because the band’s latest music video for “11:11” is a romantic charmer and blossoms at the grand place of a record shop. We leave you with this fab MV.