Headlines and Footdots for 24 October 2015

The Avengers Give Drake a Birthday Gift

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The Next Generation star (Degrassi, not Star Trek) turned rapper, Aubrey Drake Graham, turns 29 today. Happy birthday, Drake! We do wonder if he keeps his gifts fully *rapped. Ha! Drake’s “Hotline Bling” is currently a big hit (#10 in Canada, #2 in the USA, #3 in the UK, and #5 in Australia). A mashup clip of the song’s MV with Cobie Smulders and the Avengers is on its way to “breaking the internet”.

Adele Sings Hello From Canada

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She may not be Canadian, though she’s from the throne-country of our Queen, but Adele, en route to a return after 4/5 years from diamond-certified album 21, chose Canada and a Canadian director to shoot the music video for lead single off upcoming album 25. The “Hello” MV was shot in the townships east of Montreal and is directed by Canada’s Xavier Dolan. Xavier has won a host of Genie/Canadian Screen Awards for his past works, and apparently Adele was so impressed after watching one of his films that she chose him to direct her video. You can watch the MV here.

Jean Leloup’s City is a Platinum Paradise

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Music Canada has certified album À Paradis City from rocker Jean Leloup platinum for sales of 80,000 units. It is the second Canadian album this year to be accredited with the achievement, the other being debut LP from country baritone crooner Yoan. Jean has been making music since the late 1980s.

Carly Rae Jepsen Runs Away with Interactivity

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There is speculation that Carly Rae Jepsen will attract some love from the U.S. Grammy Awards for her critically acclaimed album Emotion. Carly recently posted an interactive version of the music video for track “Run Away With Me” on her website. Through the video, questions pop up offering three choices of what to see Carly do next. Clicking on one will pull that clip into the video. You can have fun with it here.

Simple Plan Watches the Bay

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Multiplatinum group Simple Plan released a music video for latest single, “I Don’t Want To Go To Bed” which features U.S. urban artist Nelly. The raunchy extravaganza follows a Baywatch theme and even closes with cameos from David Hasselhof and Hockey Wives’ Maripier Morin. You can watch it here.

Streaming Data Flows Into Canadian Albums Chart

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Nielsen recently announced a major change to the methodology of the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Beginning next week, the chart will incorporate on-demand streaming statistics and digital track sales along with full album sales. Streaming equivalent albums (SEA) means 1,500 plays of any album’s tracks is equal to the purchase of 1 album. Track equivalent albums (TEA) means 10 purchases of an album track equates to 1 album purchase. Apparently, YouTube views will not count towards SEA as Nielsen feels that those may be influenced more by the popularity of the video as opposed to the music. As choices of which albums to stream are greatly influenced by which are heavily promoted by the media, and as this streaming is often done to determine whether or not one likes those albums enough to purchase them, we would point out that streaming trends do not necessarily reflect the liking of an album. Thankfully then, for those who wish to view pure sales-based data, a second chart, Top Canadian Album Sales, will be published by Billboard. It is unknown at this point whether both charts will be available online and/or in the Nielsen Update newsletter. We will find out next week.

November Releases

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New albums from some big names will be arriving in November to set themselves up for snatchups in the tidal wave of Christmas retail. Belgian-Canadian diva Lara Fabian launches Ma vie dans la tienne November 6. Also on that day comes Interstellaires from Canadian born French resident Mylène Farmer, one of the best-selling Franco artists of all-time globally. As well, multiplatinum Vancouver pop group Hedley gives us LP Hello. November 13 sees the advent of Purpose from superstar Justin Bieber, debut LP Know It All from hot new R&B diva Alessia Cara, and What Love Is All About from adult contemporary gifted vocalist Johnny Reid.

Music Industry Muses Change in Government

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Under the leadership of Pierre Trudeau, the father of Canada’s new prime minister, Canada went from an annual surplus of $0.14 billion at the beginning of his ministry to a deficit of -$37.17 billion in his last year at the helm, the unemployment rate went from 4.5% to 11.3%, and the crime rate from 4,300 to 8,200 (crimes per 100,000 population). In sharp contrast, prime minister Jean Chretien took an annual deficit of -38.53 at the beginning of his reign to a surplus of 9.15 at the end, lowered the unemployment rate from 11.4% to 7.6%, and reduced the crime rate from 9,100 to 7,900. Interestingly, both Pierre and Jean were members of the same political party. It goes to show that it matters little what party runs the country and has more to do with the capability of the actual people piloting the ship. Obviously, Canadian voters, by giving Justin Trudeau the go ahead in the recent election, and with a majority government too, felt that he would not follow in the footsteps of his father and would do a better job of running the country than incumbent Stephen Harper, as well as team Tom Mulcair and team Elizabeth May. The music industry hopes that the new government will bring them some better fortunes. We will have to wait and see. You can read Music Canada’s welcoming of the new government here.

Ozere Is a Keeper

Toronto strings and vocal ensemble Ozere released album Finding Anyplace yesterday. We leave you with a video that shows them in action in track “Keeper”.

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