Headlines and Footdots for 18 December 2015

Billboard Names 8 Canadian Songs IN Best of 2015

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U.S. based Billboard magazine has published a list of its picks for the 25 Best Songs of 2015. Within the top 18 of the list are 8 songs by Canadians, including #1. At #18 is “Know Yourself” by Drake. Grimes’ “Flesh Without Blood” is #15, The Weeknd’s “The Hills” #10, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” #9, and Alessia Cara’s “Here” #6. “Where Are U Now” which features Justin Bieber is #5 and Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, a modern take on Timmy Thomas’ 1973 hit “Why Can’t We Live Together”, is #2. Billboard names the best song of the year, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd.

Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” 6th of 2015 in Japan

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Radio in Canada may have been lukewarm towards Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” which managed to go gold despite this, but it was a major smash in Japan, finishing the year as the 6th most popular song in the world’s second largest music market. It was also the top song from an international artist in Japan, as the top 5 on the Japan year-end Billboard Hot 100 were from Japanese artists. Carly’s song was more popular than both “Shake It Off” (#12) and “Uptown Funk” (#18). That is very impressive.

Rachel Woznow GAINING MOMENTUM in The States

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“Big and Loud” from Edmonton pop singer Rachel Woznow has been gaining traction in the United States, reaching the Top 30 on Billboard’s Indicator chart helped by airplay on some radio stations in California. While stations in Edmonton have been supporting her, it appears that her momentum in the States is growing more rapidly than in The Great White North. We wish Rachel great success. The fantastic song will be appearing in our best of list for 2015!

Jocelyn Alice Signs with Sony

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A number of record labels have been fighting over Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice since her hit “Jackpot” went gold in 2015. She has settled on a deal with Sony affiliate Disruptor Records which will distribute her music worldwide. Because of a potential deal around the corner, Jocelyn cancelled release of her album this past summer and will now give us new and perhaps reworked music with her new team.

JUNO Nominations EXPECTED Early February

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CARAS will be holding a press conference in Calgary on February 2, 2015. It is expected that the JUNO nominations will be announced at that time. The year 2015 was a big year for Canadian music internationally, but with unique tastes, it will be interesting to see which Canadian albums and songs are loved most by Canadians themselves.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Inducts Garnett Piece

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The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) has inducted Gale Garnett’s “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”, a #2 hit in Canada in 1964, and covered over the years by a slew of international artists – Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, Dolly Parton, and Sonny and Cher. The song was heard on television shows, movie soundtracks, and appeared on dozens of compilation albums throughout the 1970’s and beyond. Gale was born in New Zealand but emigrated to Canada at 11 years old. She wrote the song when she was only 14, and it was to be given to Hoyt Axton, but she ended up recording it herself. It became an international hit and won a Grammy Award, beating out Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin”.

Justin Bieber to Perform at 2016 Brit Awards


The Brit Awards, celebrating the best in United Kingdom music, does have a few international categories. The British JUNOs have not yet announced nominations; however, a couple of performers at the 2016 gala have been announced: Adele, Coldplay, and Canada’s own Justin Bieber. British comedy duo Ant & Dec will host the show February 24, 2016, at the O2 Arena in swinging London.

Tyler Shaw Gets Dizzy

Coquitlam, BC gold recording artist Tyler Shaw launched a new MV with lyrics today for his new song “Dizzy”. Check it out below.