Headlines and Footdots: 16 January 2016

New Certifications For Shawn Mendes

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Shawn Mendes has chalked up his second multiplatinum single. Previously “Life of the Party” had made the double platinum mark and now “Stitches” has done the same. In addition, his album Handwritten has been declared gold by Music Canada. “Stitches” is up to #2 on the UK singles chart threatening to bump Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” which has nested itself at #1 for six straight weeks.

Shawn Hook Gunning For States-Side success

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Another Shawn is looking to see some chart activity in the United States in the midst of the Canadian invasion. A recent signing with Hollywood Records has given the platinum recording artist a shot at becoming the latest Canuck to shimmy up the charts in the United States. “Sound of Your Heart” was the #1 most added song to U.S. CHR radio among new artists last week. Team Hook knows it will take a lot of work to surmount the new artist threshold in the world’s biggest music market but are going to give it their all. At home, Shawn has released new single “Relapse” off his excellent album Analog Love.

Céline Dion Loses Another Loved One

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Just two days after her husband and manager René Angélil passed away from cancer, Céline Dion’s brother Daniel Dion, one of her 13 siblings, has died from brain, throat, and tongue cancer at the age of 59. Céline who grew up in a very closely knit Canadian family was busy preparing for her husband’s funeral when her brother passed. Daniel’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Charlemagne, Québec.

MS Relapse For Billy Talent Drummer

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A few Canadian artists have been slapped with cruel health challenges recently. Last week Kim Mitchell suffered a heart attack and is now recuperating. Billy Talent’s drummer Aaron Solowoniuk has announced that he is stepping away from the multiplatinum punk band from Mississauga. Aaron has had multiple sclerosis for a number of years. The disease went into remission, but he is now experiencing a relapse. Wishing Aaron success battling this unkind illness.

Avril Lavigne’s Complicated MV Hits 100 Million Views

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To attract 100 million views for a music video is so complicated that Vevo awards certification to any MV that makes that milestone. Avril Lavigne’s latest MV to do so is that of her breakout hit “Complicated”. It is her eighth music video to reach the number the others being “Here’s to Never Growing Up”, “Hello Kitty”, “Smile”, “Girlfriend”, “Wish You Were Here”, “What the Hell”, and “When You’re Gone”. Both “Let Me Go” (99 million) and “Hot” (97 million) are at the cusp of hitting the certification level. The Canadian artist to hold the highest number of Vevo certifications for MVs is Justin Bieber with 24.

The Weeknd Nominated For an Oscar

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Whether or not The Weeknd can act, he is nominated for an Academy Award. His song “Earned It” from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack has received an Oscar nomination for Original Song. The Weeknd co-wrote the song with Canadian songwriter Stephan Moccio. The Weeknd’s latest single “In the Night” has just been declared gold by Music Canada.

Meaghan Smith to Play with Edmonton Symphony

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Neo-trad pop recording artist Meaghan Smith will be performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on January 22. The concert will be part of a series sponsored by Air Canada with an ESO seat sale of $24. The native of London, ON is a Billboard Hot 100 charting recording artist thanks to the title track off latest album Have a Heart.

Old Man Canyon Is Back to the Start

Vancouver’s Old Man Canyon dabbles with delicious classic analogue synthesizer sounds on newly released soulful, melancholy album Delirium. Track “Back To the Start” will give you a taste. See the picture still MV below.  iTunes