Headlines and Footdots: March 1, 2017

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This Week’s Charts

There is not much to report from this week’s Canadian charts. There are no new Canadian artist entries on the Hot 100 and no new albums in the Top 10. On the country airplay chart, Dean Brody’s “Time” is up to #2 just behind “Better Man” by Little Big Town. Jess Moskaluke’s new single “Drive Me Away” debuts at #41.

Avril Lavigne Taps BMG for 6th Album Release

Pop-rock superstar Avril Lavigne has joined forces with BMG for release of her sixth studio album due out by the end of the year according to an article by Billboard Magazine. Avril’s first album Let Go, released under Arista in 2002, is the last Canadian artist album to be certified at 1 million units. Arista gave way to RCA through which she launched Under My Skin, The Best Damn Thing, and Goodbye Lullaby. Dissatisfaction with the latter’s release led to her migrating to Epic Records for release of her self-titled work in 2013. The music on that album was excellent but promotion seemed to misfire. Single “Here’s to Never Growing Up” was certified platinum in sales but received lukewarm response from radio which is odd. Sometimes a change in record label can help forces consolidate. All the aforementioned labels are under the Sony umbrella.

Bend It Like The Weeknd

The Weeknd is filling David Beckham’s shoes to model outfits sold by Sweden’s international apparel retailer H&M. “Spring Icons Selected by The Weeknd” debuts online and in stores March 2. The retailer’s promo statement is that the 25-article collection, inspired by scenes on the streets of Los Angeles, “blends utility and street wear silhouettes.” The Weeknd should attract more money into the pockets of the company’s chairman Stefan Persson who, with an estimated net worth of $24 billion, is the richest man in Sweden and 17th in the world.

Sunrise Eyes on the Prize

As many of you have heard by now, Ontario record retail chain Sunrise Records is intent on expanding its services nationwide. The recent declaration of shutting down operations by HMV has afforded it the convenience of occupying the empty units in the malls currently let to the folding retailer. The plan is to move into 70 of the 102 spaces across the country. For those of you in Metro Vancouver, Sunrise will take over the HMV space at Metrotown in Burnaby. Edmontonians can expect to see its logo in the bi-level store in West Edmonton Mall. Winnipeggers will find them in Polo Park, Hamiltonians at Limeridge Mall, and Mississaugans at Square One. Sunrise promises to have a wide selection of CDs, 50% higher than at HMV.

Coleman as Hot as Hell

Thunder Bay, ON’s champion of fun Coleman Hell has done something few have been able to. His “2 Heads” has become only the 16th Canadian artist single in history to reach quadruple platinum sales. The threshold is currently at 320,000 units (digital downloads, physical sales, streaming at 150:1). The song began its 43-week Hot 100 chart run July 1, 2015 and reached a peak position of #15 on November 9. Coleman is currently signed to 604 Records in Vancouver. “2 Heads” was his first official single. His current offering is “Devotion”. We leave you with its music video embedded below.

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