It was a stellar year for Canadian artists, and as far as international music goes, some good things were cooked up in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Oceania, and the rest of North America too. We cannot claim to have listened to every song and album released around planet Earth through 2015 (who can?), but we checked out as much as we could and will simply name one music video, one song, and one album. Unlike the narrow focus of mainstream media, we considered music from all 200 countries performed in any language or genre.
International MV of 2015: Moments, G.E.M.
G.E.M. which stands for Get Everybody Moving is actually a female soloist named Gloria Deng. She was born in Shanghai but grew up in Hong Kong. G.E.M.’s popularity is flourishing internationally, and she performed concerts in Canada this year. The C-Pop star has won a number of awards for her rich vocals and genuine style. All of you will know G.E.M. soon because she will be the voice of Sleeping Beauty in the 2016 Hollywood animated film Charming along with Avril Lavigne who will voice Snow White. G.E.M.’s music video for song “Moments” is visually spectacular with breathtaking, crystal clear cinematography attracting to date 2.8 million views. iTunes
International Song of 2015: My Kind, Hilary Duff
The grass is often greener on the other side of the fence. All of U.S. singer Hilary Duff‘s singles have charted much higher in Canada than in her home country. For some reason Canadians really dig her. This confirms for us that we are Canadian because we jammed out to her song “My Kind” through much of the year. The delicious song was written by Jason Gill and Elina Stridh and appeared on Hilary’s album Breathe In, Breathe Out but was not released as a single. She did put together a music video, however. iTunes
International Album of 2015: Lucid Dreaming, Say Lou Lou
Say Lou Lou is a new duo of sisters Miranda and Elektra Kilbey-Jansson who grew up in both Australia and Sweden. Musical talent runs in the family as both their parents are recording artists. The duo made BBC’s Sound of 2014 list before releasing debut album Lucid Dreaming in 2015. For those of you who loved Canadian albums Heartthrob by Tegan and Sara and Little Machines by Lights, we strongly recommend checking this one out. The new wave + synth pop tunes are well written and catchy with a nice variety of vibes and tempos to keep things interesting through the disc. We have embedded the MV for the opening track to give you a taste. iTunes