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:
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.