A BILLION RUDES FOR MAGIC!
“Rude”, the first in a string of hit singles for Toronto reggae-pop group MAGIC!, is now Vevo certified times 10. Yes, that means the music video has surpassed 1 billion views.
SASKATOON MUSICIAN CO-WRITES SULLY THEME
Saskatoon musician JB Eckl has co-written the theme song of the upcoming Tom Hanks’ movie Sully directed by Clint Eastwood. The film is the true story of the 2009 plane crash into the Hudson river. JB wrote the song with the Tierney Sutton Band. Eckl previously co-wrote two tracks on Carlos Santana’s blockbuster album Supernatural.
WINNIPEG’S CK ASSISTS BRITNEY SPEARS
Multiplatinum recording artist Chantal Kreviazuk of Winnipeg co-wrote track “If I’m Dancing” from Britney Spears’ new album Glory. Radio.com recently named it one of the five best tracks on the disc.
SHAWN MENDES MAKES COVER OF BILLBOARD
Pickering, Ontario teen superstar Shawn Mendes has made the cover of Billboard Magazine. The cover story article written by Rebecca Haithcoat is titled “Shawn Mendes Brings Back Hunky, Guitar-Strumming Sensitivity”. You can read the article here.
ARIANA GRANDE IN ALEX GREGGS’ PLAGIARISM SUIT
Canadian songwriter and record producer Alex Greggs has launched a plagiarism lawsuit asking for royalties from Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time” which he says was lifted by Grande and David Guetta from his 2012 “Takes All Night” which he wrote for Skye Stevens. Greggs is a former member of internationally successful act Love Inc and has written and produced for such A-listers as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Duran Duran, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Lilly Allen, MIA, Michael Jackson, ‘N Sync, Nelly Furtado, Ricky Martin, TLC, and Will.I.Am.
2016 WALK OF FAME INDUCTEES
Canada’s Walk of Fame recently announced its 2016 inductees. They are fashion entrepreneur, TV personality, and journalist Jeanne Beker, hockey star Darryl Sittler, diamond recording artist Corey Hart, filmmaker Deepa Mehta, actor and director Jason Priestley, and actor and director Al Waxman. With the new inductees, the walk will now have a total of 167 stars. The Walk of Fame’s 2016 Allan Slaight Honour will be awarded to CCMA and JUNO Award-winning country star Brett Kissel. The new recipients will be honoured October 6 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto which will be aired December 18.
TRAGICALLY HIP CONCERT VIEWERSHIP HITS 12 MILLION
As Kingston, Ontario’s The Tragically Hip played the final date on its Man Machine Poem tour at Kingston’s K-Rock Centre, the live, commercial-free broadcast reached 11.7 million views with an average audience of just over 4 million. The decision to broadcast the concert came after an outcry that tickets of the dates quickly sold out only to be scalped online. Sales of the band’s records spiked during and following the concert with latest studio album Man Machine Poem going gold. Lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma cancer this year.
BOB EGAN DEPARTS BLUE RODEO
After 17 years, Blue Rodeo’s pedal steel player Bob Egan is departing the group for a job in the public sector. The U.S. born musician has guested on tracks from a number of other acts including The Tragically Hip’s “Bobcaygeon”. He has also released solo albums.
POLARIS PERFORMERS SET TO DAZZLE
Andy Shauf, Basia Bulat, Black Mountain, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessy Lanza, U.S. Girls, and White Lung, all having short-listed albums, will be performing at the Polaris gala September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto. Also nominated, Grimes and Kaytranada will be in attendance but not performing. PUP will not be present as the group will be playing in Austria that night. Carly Rae Jepsen, who just released Emotion Side B, a companion disc to her nominated album, recently hooked up with fellow British Columbian superstar Nelly Furtado.
ROOTS CANADA SWEATSTYLES ARTISTS
Jim Gabel’s Canadian apparel chain Roots, founded by Michael Budman and Don Green, has launched a new initiative involving a number of recording artists: Tyler Shaw, Ruth B, Scott Helman, Meghan Patrick, Jazz Cartier, Charlotte Cardin, Humans, and EMP. Expected to be mutually beneficial the chain promotes the artists and their works while the artists model the company’s apparel.